Former Syracuse center Rakeem Christmas made one of the biggest jumps from his junior year to his senior campaign, becoming one of the best low-post players in the country. His fantastic senior year, combined with strong performances in the pre-draft combines and workouts, landed him an opportunity to make it in the NBA.
The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Christmas with the 36th pick overall, 6th in the second round. He will, however, head to the Cleveland Cavaliers and team up with LeBron James and the Eastern Conference Champions as part of a trade centered around former Duke star Tyus Jones heading to Minnesota.
Christmas averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game during his senior season.
Jay Bilas praised Christmas during ESPN's telecast as someone with "freakish length" Bilas added that Christmas is a great shot blocker and has a refined low-post offensive game. He believes Christmas will be able to play and contribute right away.