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NBA Rookie Prospect Report: Zach LaVine

Fred Katz

Fred Katz

Fred Katz averaged almost one point per game in 5th grade, but he maintains that his per 36 minutes numbers were astonishing. Find more of his work at ProBasketballDraft.com or on ESPN's TrueHoop Network. Follow him on Twitter at @FredKatz.

Laundry makes comparing players so easy. Too easy.

Doug McDermott is a future Kyle Korver because they have both donned Creighton jerseys. Nerlens Noel was Anthony Davis because they were long, Kentucky shot blockers. Brandon Knight, a high recruit and a Kentucky point guard, even got the John Wall comparisons, just because he won under John Calipari.

We always seem to associate players who played at the same school, even if the similarities are more superficial than anything else. And now, it seems like everyone is doing the same with UCLA guard Zach LaVine.

LaVine is having a fabulous freshman season in his first year on campus. He's an athletic freak, a tremendous shooter with range all the way out to San Diego, and an intense finisher around the rim. He's scored in double digits in nine of his 12 games played and now averages a highly efficient 12.8 points per game in 25.8 minutes a night. He's even made his way onto the Julian Edelman All-Stars for

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