Alabama guard Josh Primo will stay in the 2021 NBA Draft, forgoing his remaining college eligibility, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
Primo, the youngest prospect in the 2021 draft, scored seven points and collected six rebounds in 23 minutes of play at the NBA Draft Combine. He converted on 37.5 percent (3-of-8) of his shots in the scrimmage.
The 6-foot-5 guard showcased his ability as an initiator by setting up looks for himself and others. Primo was able to create advantages with the ball in his hands, a skill that was not displayed enough at Alabama. He was given many on-ball opportunities in lineups that joined Nah’Shon Hyland (VCU) and McKinley Wright IV (Colorado), two prominent scorers at the high major level.
Primo makes a quick touch pass on this possession above. This illustrates his potential as a secondary playmaker and decision-maker.
Primo finds Georgia Tech forward Moses Wright on a dump-off pass. He utilized many dribble combinations in a 1-on-1 matchup to get to the rim.
On this one, Primo receives a pass from the big and immediately looks to attack the basket. He finishes around two defenders by using an acrobatic move.
Primo is aggressive on this possession as well. He takes advantage of a matchup against a slow-footed big, Sandro Mamukelashvili, by changing directions and hitting a turnaround jumper.
Here’s how Primo measured and performed during the Combine drills:
— Body Fat: 6.30 percent
— Height: 6-foot-5
— Weight: 189 pounds
— Wingspan: 6-foot-9
— Lane Agility Time: 10.97 (72nd percentile)
— Shuttle Run: 3.36 (16th percentile)
— Three-Quarter Sprint: 3.22 (27th percentile)
— Max Vertical Leap: 37.5 (56th percentile)
Primo will remain in the draft and garner interest from teams in the late first to early second round. Primo would be a consensus lottery prospect if he had chose to return to school, giving NBA organizations a reason to take a flyer on him in the 2021 draft. Contending or rebuilding teams have a chance to pick up an 18-year-old with sky-high potential by developing him in their system for an extra season — giving him on-ball reps in the G-League and spot minutes with the NBA club would be best for his development.
Current NBA Draft Projections:
— NBA Draft Room: Phoenix (No. 29)
— NBC Sports: Utah (No. 30)
— ESPN: New Orleans (No. 34)
— Bleacher Report: Oklahoma City (No. 35)
— Tankathon: Memphis (No. 51)
Primo is a 3-and-D prospect with a projected draft range from 20-to-40. He will continue to climb up boards as we approach draft month.