NBA Draft

Jason Preston

Scouting Report

Preston has good length, intriguing potential as a shooter and could appeal to a team looking for a guard with upside in the second round. He averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists last season while shooting 51.4 percent from the field. That marked the second season in a row that he shot better than 50 percent.
Positives: Preston is a well-rounded guard who knows how to rebound, thrives as a passer in the pick-and-roll game and consistently shoots well from the field. He has drawn comparisons to Lonzo Ball for his playing style to go along with his lanky frame, which fits well in today's NBA. He also seems to enjoy the big moments, as proved by a terrific performance last season against then-No. 8 Illinois. He finished with 31 points, six rebounds and eight assists as Ohio nearly knocked off the Fighting Illini.
Negatives: Although Preston fared well in big games, he did not consistently play against elite collegiate competition with Ohio. He was overlooked for much of his high school and college career and, while he overcame steep odds to become an NBA prospect, he still lacks the athleticism of many blue-chip peers in the draft. He might need time in the G League to adjust to the speed of the professional game.
--Field Level Media

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