Selected No. 7 by the Detroit Pistons
Position: Power Forward
Hometown: Gretna, LA
High School: Helen Cox
NBA Comparison: Chris Webber
Strengths: Greg Monroe is the best passing big man the college game has seen since Andrew Bogut. Since he is not blessed with the athleticism needed to become a superstar, Monroe beats opponents with his very high basketball IQ. He knows Georgetown’s offense inside and out and knows when to make the dangerous pass. He fills up the stat sheet with his scoring, rebounding, blocks and steals and should be a quality NBA player. He is nearly averaging a double-double as a sophomore and has a nice body, big frame, long wingspan, quality kid that might stick around another year to improve his draft stock. If he stays, he could be a top five pick next season.
Weaknesses: Not very aggressive by nature but he has taken a leadership role this season. Never takes games over offensively and lets inferior teammates take over. If he stays he will need to work on his shooting ability, which includes FTs. His shooting percentages are way down from last season (nearly 10% on FGs and FTs) and it seems he tried to improve his defense and rebounding this off-season. Monroe gets into foul trouble far to often and needs to learn to stay on his feet and keep his arms up, but most 20 year olds have no idea how to play defense yet. Not a great athlete which means he will need to advance his post game from what it is now, which is mediocre at best. Has a lot of work to do to be an effective big in the NBA but needs to work on his shot and post moves.