Biography: The outstanding floor leader brings steady play and makes few mistakes, as he averaged 2.1 turnovers in his four years at Gonzaga. He upped his scoring, rebounding and assist averages each season, finishing with 15.6 points, 4.0 assists and 4.7 boards per game as a senior. Bouldin's height and size should give him mismatches at point guard and allow him to continue employing his outstanding floor vision. Polished and elusive, he relies on smarts and basketball IQ more than quickness or raw ability. He's not a great athlete and isn't fast or explosive. However, he has slashing ability and can get to the basket and create his own shot off the dribble. His height and instincts make him a strong rebounder, as he averaged 4.0 boards in college. Bouldin ran the Bulldogs' pick-and-roll offense well, a plus considering some NBA teams rely heavily on the play. He is an excellent shooter who averaged 46.3 percent from the field and 38.0 percent from 3-point range in college, while converting 78.5 percent from the free-throw line. While his height should give him an advantage on the offensive end, Bouldin seems likely to be something of a liability on defense because he lacks lateral quickness and athleticism - something that was an issue for him at Gonzaga. Stopping quicker point guards from penetrating will be a challenge. Some scouts think he needs to improve his conditioning and get into better shape. He struggled in Gonzaga's 87-65 loss to Syracuse in the second round of the NCAA tournament, going 3 for 13 from the field, missing all six 3-point attempts and finishing with eight points. However, he averaged 15.4 points, 4.6 assists and 5.5 rebounds in 11 games against opponents from the six major conferences during his senior season. Playing in the West Coast Conference could make him a strong value pick lower in the first round, as his all-around skills could translate into an excellent NBA career.
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