2020 NBA Draft: Deep sleepers the Chicago Bulls should watch

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As far as the three 2020 NBA Draft prospects on this list are concerned, the one with the most upside and the one to be likely taken off the board first is the former Minnesota Golden Gophers 6-foot-10 sophomore big man Daniel Oturu. A little less than two months ago, Oturu elected to pass on his junior season with Minnesota’s men’s hoops program and declare for the NBA Draft.

In his sophomore campaign with the Golden Gophers, Oturu played in 31 games (starting in all of them). He would earn All-Big Ten honors and be a selection on the Big Ten All-Defensive Team. Oturu has stellar two-way ability, highlighted by his 20.1 points per game mark last season and nearly four offensive rebounds per game. He also registered a 92.9 defensive rating, 5.0 defensive box plus/minus rating and 2.5 blocks per game last season.

Oturu is a towering presence in the paint, and very difficult to deal with when he get’s good position. He’s a monster on the glass (averaged more than 11 rebounds per game as a sophomore) and is actually starting to develop a lot of range in his offensive game. He shot better than 36 percent from beyond the arc on 1.6 attempts per game last season.

The Bulls don’t necessarily have an overwhelming need at the center position as the current roster stands now, but adding depth doesn’t ever hurt. At the moment, the Bulls sport second-year former Duke Blue Devil Wendell Carter Jr., rookie former Arkansas Razorback Daniel Gafford, and former New York Knick Luke Kornet at the center position. Third-year power forward Lauri Markkanen can also play at the five too when the Bulls want to run more of a small ball lineup.

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