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#12
Meyers Leonard
PPG RPG APG
13.6 8.2 1.3
Team: Illinois Fighting IlliniHeight: 7-1 Born: 2/27/1992
Class-Eligibility: So-SoWeight: 245 Hometown: Robinson, IL


Scouting Report

Any athletic 7-footer is guaranteed to garner interest in the NBA draft, and although Leonard still has plenty of room for improvement, his performance at Illinois was enough to make him a sure first-round pick. The Fighting Illini lost 12 of their final 14 games in a hugely disappointing 2011-12 season, but their sophomore center emerged with some promising efforts down the stretch. He scored 18 or more points four times in his final five collegiate games, shooting 9 of 11 in the Big Ten tournament loss against Iowa. That still wasn't enough to extend the team's season, and with coach Bruce Weber fired, Leonard decided to declare for the draft. Overall last season, he averaged 13.6 points on 58.4 percent shooting along with 8.2 rebounds, all major jumps from a freshman campaign that saw him get limited minutes. NBA scouts may see even more progress ahead, assuming the 20-year-old big man continues to get more consistent. Leonard still tends to fall silent at times, but he moves well for such a large player and he has a soft touch - evidenced by his 73.2 percent free-throw shooting from the most recent campaign. That proves he can knock down mid-range shots, a real asset to complement his obvious interior game. His length makes him an automatic force on the boards and on defense, where he blocked 1.9 shots per game in 2011-12, and he could grow more dominant in those areas. Drafting centers can be a risky endeavor, but Leonard seems to have the tools to develop into an effective NBA big man.

Career Stats

Per Game Team G GS MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TOPG PFPG FG% 3P% FT%
2010-11 Ill 33 1 8.2 2.1 1.2 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.8 1.5 .483 .000 .706
2011-12 Ill 32 30 31.8 13.6 8.2 1.3 0.5 1.9 2.1 2.9 .584 .091 .732
Career 65 31 19.8 7.7 4.7 0.7 0.3 1.1 1.4 2.2 .567 .083 .729

Totals Team G GS Min FGM FGA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA OR TR A Stl Blk TO PF Pts
2010-11 Ill 33 1 272 28 58 0 1 12 17 10 41 5 5 13 26 50 68
2011-12 Ill 32 30 1018 170 291 1 11 93 127 73 262 43 15 60 68 94 434
Career 65 31 1290 198 349 1 12 105 144 83 303 48 20 73 94 144 502

Game Logs

Date Opp Result Min FGM FGA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA OR TR A Stl Blk TO PF Pts
11/11 Ly-Il W 67-49 25 7 10 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 2 6 1 1 15
11/14 SIUE W 66-46 24 2 5 0 0 4 4 3 11 1 0 5 4 1 8
11/17 Lips W 79-64 12 3 4 0 0 2 2 1 5 0 0 2 2 4 8
11/22 Rich W 70-61 35 7 12 0 0 8 10 6 12 2 1 5 0 2 22
11/23 @IllSt W 63-59 38 3 9 0 1 4 4 0 8 0 0 0 1 4 10
11/27 ChiSt W 90-43 14 4 7 0 0 3 3 0 3 1 1 1 0 0 11
11/29 @MD W 71-62 34 6 9 0 1 0 0 1 6 1 1 3 2 3 12
12/3 Gonz W 82-75 24 9 11 0 0 3 4 2 6 1 0 1 0 4 21
12/7 StBon W 48-43 29 3 3 0 0 3 5 4 8 1 0 1 5 2 9
12/11 Coppin W 80-63 32 7 10 0 0 4 4 3 11 4 0 2 1 3 18
12/17 UNLV L 48-64 33 3 8 0 0 1 6 1 6 3 0 0 2 3 7
12/19 Cor W 64-60 35 9 11 0 0 1 2 4 16 2 0 3 3 1 19
12/22 @Missou L 74-78 38 6 13 0 0 2 2 5 13 5 2 2 3 3 14
12/27 Minn W 81-72 42 6 10 0 0 8 9 2 11 1 0 5 5 3 20
12/31 @Purdue L 60-75 24 2 4 0 1 3 4 2 6 0 0 0 3 3 7
1/4 @NW W 57-56 33 4 9 0 0 4 8 2 8 0 1 2 1 4 12
1/7 Neb W 59-54 24 3 5 0 0 1 2 1 4 2 0 0 3 4 7
1/10 OhioSt W 79-74 38 7 12 0 0 0 0 2 5 1 2 0 1 3 14
1/19 @PSU L 52-54 34 6 12 0 1 3 5 2 4 1 0 1 3 5 15
1/22 Wisc L 63-67 38 6 12 0 1 4 5 2 11 0 0 0 2 1 16
1/28 @Minn L 72-77 35 6 13 0 2 5 7 6 13 2 1 4 3 5 17
1/31 MSU W 42-41 29 2 7 0 1 0 2 2 6 0 0 3 2 4 4
2/5 NW L 70-74 40 10 12 0 0 1 2 3 9 0 0 2 3 2 21
2/9 @Ind L 71-84 30 7 10 0 0 3 3 2 3 3 1 3 3 5 17
2/12 @Mich L 61-70 27 2 5 0 0 1 2 5 12 1 0 1 2 4 5
2/15 Purdue L 62-67 37 4 7 0 1 1 1 1 12 2 0 2 2 3 9
2/18 @Neb L 57-80 32 4 6 0 1 1 1 0 5 2 0 0 2 4 9
2/21 @OhioSt L 67-83 36 7 12 0 0 7 9 1 5 2 2 1 2 3 21
2/26 Iowa W 65-54 36 7 13 0 0 8 8 6 14 2 0 2 3 1 22
3/1 Mich L 61-72 39 6 11 0 0 6 8 2 9 1 0 1 2 3 18
3/4 @Wisc L 56-70 36 3 8 0 0 2 3 2 12 0 0 0 2 4 8
3/8 @Iowa L 61-64 35 9 11 0 0 0 0 0 6 2 1 2 0 2 18
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