Jordan Walsh, Arkansas
Jordan Walsh is a similar prospect to Andre Jackson Jr. but possibly has more potential. Walsh is a premier two-way player in this draft class whose focus has been his defense. The one-and-done forward out of Arkansas is 19 years old with 3-and-D qualities but the potential to be much more. In his Freshman season, Walsh averaged 7.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game.
On a talented Arkansas roster, Walsh was merely a fourth option on offense. With inconsistent shooting and limited touches, he did not get a real opportunity to prove his value. The 6’7″ forward has an outstanding 7’3″ wingspan. His incredible length and elite athleticism make him a premier prospect.
Jordan Walsh’s defense is a huge part of his game. With his size, he can disrupt ball handlers and guard every position. Walsh is an impressive hustle player, taking charges and fighting for loose balls. While his 3.9 rebounds per game do not stand out, this number will increase when he gets to the NBA.
His most significant question mark is shooting. While he was inefficient last year, with 43/27/71 shooting splits, he has a good, comfortable form. He will need to be more efficient in the NBA, but for now, he has other offensive tools to make up for it. He is incredible at attacking the rim, in the halfcourt, and transition. While he averaged less than one steal per game, his passing instincts are impressive.
Jordan Walsh would be a fantastic fit for the Kings and is a must-draft if he falls to pick 38. His two-way presence is incredible, and Sacramento must be searching for this type of player.