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Former Arkansas Razorback Moses Kingsley headed to Boston Celtics in 2017 NBA Draft?

Moses Kingsley is a senior who is hopeful to hear his name called in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Moses Kingsley completed a very good career at Arkansas this past season while helping lead the Razorbacks to a 26-10 record. Kingsley and the Hogs battled eventual national champion North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling 72-65.

Kingsley is now hoping to land in the 2017 NBA Draft with a team. NBADraft.net predicts Kingsley will be taken in the second round the No. 53 pick by the Boston Celtics. The NBA Draft will be held Thursday, June 22, at 6 p.m. CT at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

As a senior, Kingsley averaged 12 points, 7.7 rebounds and 93 blocks. He was fourth on the team in scoring, but that was more because the Hogs added Daryl Macon and Jaylen Barford to go with Kingsley and Dusty Hannahs than any dropoff in his production.

Here's a look at what NBADraft.net had to say about Kingsley.

Strengths: Kingsley is a player that looks the part of an NBA blue collar big man ... Standing at 6'10", with a 7'2" wingspan, he possesses size that is not teachable ... Physical tools give him intriguing potential ... He is at his best in the paint on both ends of the floor ... Explosive athlete, which he uses to finish around the basket ... Highly efficient at scoring garbage baskets, or off plays that aren't designed for him ... Has even shown some ability to handle the ball and the body control to get through opponents and finish on the break ... Likes physical contact and plays with toughness ... Monster on the offensive boards ... Rebounds very well, particularly outside of his area ... Has a strong defensive presence ... Combines length with great awareness and timing to block and change shots in the paint. 2.4 shot blocks per game in 30 minutes ... Great feet. Excellent lateral speed ... Can hold his own on the perimeter defending guards ... Three years in college has given him a solid feel for where to be defensively and improved his skill level considerably ... Shows a hunger to learn and plays with great energy and determination ...

Weaknesses: Still somewhat new to the game (6 years of competitive ball) and his feel is affected slightly ... Scoring ability and offensive skill set remains limited ... Does not have much of a post game ... Questionable touch on his shot ... Misses too many easy put backs and shots close to the rim ... Has an unnecessary hitch in his form that causes inconsistency in his shot. Also should focus on better follow through ... Poor free throw shooter, who has never shot better than 65 percent in a season ... Not particularly fluid running, sort of lumbers up and down the court with an uncoordinated looking gait, though not slow ... Can be mistake prone for stretches of play ... Has had a knack for picking up early and unnecessary fouls throughout his career ... Plays with high intensity and a high motor, but can at times seem reckless or rushed ... Definitely more of a developmental type of draft pick at the moment, though he is showing flashes of proficiency.

Outlook: A physical specimen with great agility and athleticism that can switch between the 4 and the 5 positions at the next level ... Will make his biggest impact on the defensive side where he will be an immediate paint presence ... If he wants to be anything more than a third or fourth big, he will need to continue to work on becoming more of an offensive threat ..


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