NBA Draft Profile: Martell Webster

In the days leading up to the June 28 NBA Draft, SchoolSports.com will give you scouting reports on all of the high school players with a shot to be selected in the first or second round of this year's draft. Today, we profile Seattle Prep (Seattle, Wash.) guard Martell Webster.


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Martell Webster
Seattle Prep (Seattle, Wash.)
Shooting Guard, 6-7, 230


Strengths: Unlike most of the other preps-to-pros prospects, Webster's skill set could translate to immediate success in the NBA. At 6-foot-7 and a ripped 230 pounds, Webster's body is already fit for the rigors of an 82-game schedule. Offense is Webster's bread and butter, and he can score effectively from anywhere on the floor. One of the best pure shooters in the entire draft, Webster has a deadly mid-range game and a consistent 3-point shot. He can also penetrate to the hoop and finish above the rim with ease. Webster showed his offensive versatility by scoring 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting at the Jordan Classic in April. He's no slouch on defense, either. Webster effectively uses his body to match up against smaller guards and grab boards on both ends of the floor. Like his body, Webster's maturity is ready for the next step. He's amongst the most mature and hard-working prep players from the Class of 2005.

Weaknesses: For a long time, Webster was considered the crown jewel of the Class of 2005. But then a series of devastating ankle injuries kept him off the floor for most of his junior campaign. Although he's since fully recovered, you can bet his injury-prone past might scare off some NBA teams. Other than that, it's hard to find much wrong with Webster's game. He's not the quickest player in the draft, relies too much on his jumper at times, still has to learn how to move with the ball and could improve his on-the-ball defense. But all that stuff is easy to fix and comes with time.

The Lowdown: Webster, who's often compared to Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, might not have as much upside as other players in the draft, but whatever team drafts him knows what they'll get — an extremely mature offensive standout with all-around game who's ready to contribute immediately. Webster, who's probably the most NBA-ready prep player from the Class of 2005, is a likely lottery pick and could go as high as No. 7.


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