The Los Angeles Lakers have drafted Larry Nance, Jr. out of Wyoming with the 27th selection in the 2015 NBA Draft. Nance is a 6'9 forward who averaged 16.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game through his senior season. Mitch Kupchak has never been shy about drafting prospects who have two-to-three years of college experience under their belts, and Nance Jr. is the latest to make his way to the purple and gold.
The Lakers went through an exhaustive pre-draft process, hosting over 70 prospects as they prepared for an incredibly important night. Nance gives the Lakers another young frontcourt piece to develop in their rebuild. Larry will join D'Angelo Russell as the two first-round picks for Los Angeles in this year's draft class.
Nance is known for his defensive talents, solid frame and potential to develop into a catch-and-shoot player who can provide some offensive versatility if he continues refining his skills. Here's DraftExpress' written scouting report on Nance Jr.
Kupchak has a great track record in the draft, and hopefully they've landed another gem with their second first-round pick for this draft. If they can mine another talented prospect to build alongside their main building blocks it could be a huge step for the massive rebuild the Lakers have shifted into.
Here's video of the pre-draft workout that may have wow'ed the Lakers:
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