Lakers draft prospect profile: Jamaree Bouyea

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Just because the Los Angeles Lakers do not have a pick in the upcoming NBA draft doesn’t mean they’re not doing their due diligence on draft prospects.

The team is reportedly interested in acquiring a second-round pick, and many expect it to also try to sign at least one undrafted player as a free agent.

One player the Lakers recently brought in for a workout is Jamaree Bouyea, who is a guard for the University of San Francisco.

Bouyea is listed at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, and he played five seasons for the Dons.

Here is a look at Bouyea.

Strengths and weaknesses

Bouyea is a guard with nice ballhandling skills who can create shots for himself and for his teammates. He can take guys off the dribble and either drive into the paint and finish at the rim, or hit long jumpers.

He can change speeds with the ball and cross defenders over to give himself space to do his damage.

Bouyea may not be an elite 3-point shooter, but he hit 36.7% from downtown this season, and he has demonstrated the ability to hit 3s from well behind the college 3-point line.

He is adept at getting steals, as evidenced by his 1.8 steals per game this season and his career average of 1.3 steals per contest. He even averaged 0.9 blocked shots per game this year, which shows he has some all-around defensive potential.

In addition, he is a good rebounder for his size; he grabbed 5 boards a game this year to help the Dons’ cause.

The concern surrounding Bouyea is his lack of size, athleticism and hops. Bigger guards at the NBA level may be able to prevent him from getting his outside shot or bother his attempts to score on layups. However, his solid 6-foot-7 wingspan might mitigate those concerns.

Bouyea earned a spot on the All-WCC first team and got the Dons to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998.

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