Chicago Bulls Second Round Draft Prospects: Michigan Men

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More on Ignas Brazdeikis for the Chicago Bulls

Brazdeikis was mentored by Cleveland Cavaliers guard Nik Stauskas who is a former Michigan Wolverine who was born and raised in Canada. Brazdeikis was the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association MVP in 2017 and 2018 before deciding to attend Michigan much to the credit of Stauskas.

Brazdeikis was voted the Big Ten freshmen of the Year, the first Wolverine since Trey Burke in 2012, and was named an honorable mention on the Associated Press All-America team.

Iggy started all 37 games and led the team in scoring with 14.8 points per game; the first freshman to do so since Burke again. His season ended with a 17 point and 13 rebound performance in the teams 63-44 blowout loss to Texas Tech in the NCAA Tournament, just his third double-double of the season, respectfully.

Bottom Line

Brazdeikis; height, lack of length, and weight will keep him from some teams draft boards, but the Bulls could use someone with his touch and up-tempo style of play in the rotation. He’s already worked out for the Celtics, Kings, Hornets, Pacers, and Pistons in addition to the Bulls.

Iggy is an offensive talent that excels in creating contact and finishing around the rim. He nailed nearly 40 percent (39.2) of his three-pointers and 77 percent of his free throws.

At 20-years-old, he will have time to grow into his stature and groom his game. If the Bulls draft a guard in the first round, Iggy would be a valued asset in the second round and come off the bench behind Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter Jr. while challenging last years first round pick Chandler Hutchinson for minutes.

That sounds like an investment the Bulls would be interested in, and Brazdeikis being a short-term Chicago native growing up, could wind up making the Windy City his permanent home.

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