Found an Insider article on NBA Draft Sleepers and we've played a few of the guys in there over the years. But one of the sleepers they listed was MY. Nice write up on him.
Link: http://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_ ... -prospects
Milik Yarbrough | Illinois State | Junior
Player type: The deep sleeper
Physical profile: 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, 7-foot-2 wingspan
The 6-foot-6 Zion, Illinois, native originally committed to St. Louis, choosing the Billikens over Iowa State, Michigan, Illinois, Kansas State and other high major schools. Yarbrough showed a lot of promise as a freshman, starting 22 games and earning Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team honors. He regularly clashed with head coach Jim Crews, though, and eventually opted to transfer to Illinois State.
"I just didn't fit the style of play, and it just wasn't working for me. Me and the coach butted heads a lot," Yarbrough said. "We weren't on the same page, and I blame that on myself. Here it's almost the same way, but I listen, I learn, and I've matured so much. I understand what they're trying to tell me now. That's why I developed so much and became the player I am."
Yarbrough's father, Del, played at Illinois State for four years, scoring more than 1,000 points, and was eventually selected in the ninth round of the 1980 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. While Milik was in the midst of his transfer season last year, Del passed away in his sleep. Yarbrough admitted that he wanted to quit basketball after the loss, but the support of his team and family has been a driving force in his emergence as a prospect. Now wearing his father's old number, 52, Yarbrough is the only player in the NCAA to average at least 25 points, seven assists and seven rebounds per 40 minutes, and he's doing so with a 62.3 true shooting percentage and impressive size.
Impressed with the versatility of Illinois State's Milik Yarbrough. 6-6, 230 and can really handle and pass. Tough. Jumper improving. pic.twitter.com/n3PRECrp5f
- Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) November 19, 2017
Comfortable with the ball in his hands. Can operate as a primary facilitator. Changes speeds and directions. Uses both sides of the floor as a passer. Plays an unselfish brand.
Physical driver. Lives at the free throw line (10.8 free throw attempts per 40). Doesn't shy away from contact.
Good instincts on the glass. Attacks the boards aggressively when locked in.
Greatly improved shooter. Flat-footed but 38.5 percent from 3 and 80 percent from the free throw line.
Has the frame and length to be a versatile defender when engaged
Needs to be more consistent in his approach. Still maturing from a mentality standpoint. Suspended for one game this season. In and out of the rotation earlier in the season.
More long and fluid than explosive. Below-the-rim finisher. Won't be able to rely on drawing fouls nearly as much against better competition. Can he get by athletes? How does he score efficiently in the half court at the NBA level?
Still has to prove himself as a shooter. Inconsistent mechanics. Not all that squared to the basket. Not a threat to pull up off the dribble.
Turnover-prone. Can be a bit wild with the ball (5.9 turnovers per 40 minutes). Won't have as much freedom at the next level.
Defensive effort and intensity can improve.
The 22-year-old Yarbrough is trending up coming off back-to-back big games against Murray State (30 points on 19 shots) and Ole Miss (25 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists in 27 minutes). His physical profile and versatility will continue to catch the eye of NBA scouts as the season progresses. With only mid-major programs remaining on Illinois State's schedule, Yarbrough has a great opportunity to surge through the rest of his junior season and cement himself as a legitimate NBA prospect.
Consistency is Yarbrough's swing skill, and teams will want to do their homework on why he has had a tendency to clash with coaches or find himself in and out of the lineup. But from a tools, talent and versatility standpoint, the 22-year-old Yarbrough is a legitimate NBA prospect worth following.