2022 NBA Draft Profile: Would Jalen Duren be one too many centers for Wizards?

The Washington Wizards have the 10th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects who could fall around where the Wizards will select…

2022 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Profile: Jalen Duren

School: Memphis

Position: Center

Age: 18

Height: 6-11

Weight: 250

Wingspan: 7-5

2021/22 stats: 29 G, 12.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 2.1 bpg, 59.7 FG% (4.9/8.1), 00.0 3PT% (0.0/0.1), 62.5 FT% (2.2/3.6)

Player comparison: Clint Capela, Tristan Thompson

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 9th, Sports Illustrated 10th, Ringer 11th, Athletic 11th, ESPN 7th, NBADraft.net 12th, Bleacher Report 9th

5 things to know:

-Duren is considered by most evaluators to be the best interior big man in the draft. He is a physical force at 6-foot-11 and 250 pounds, still only 18 years old and with room to grow into his already formidable frame. Duren looked like a man among boys in college, bumping hapless defenders out of the way for rim-rattling dunks. In addition to his strength, he can jump and has excellent instincts for catching passes around and above the rim.

-He is one of the best shot-blockers in this draft class, having averaged 2.1 blocks in just 25.3 minutes per game last season at Memphis. Duren had four games with four blocks or more, including a career-high six blocks against Saint Louis and a five-block, 19-rebound outburst against Western Kentucky. He has a reported 7-foot-5 wingspan plus the timing…

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