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Gani Lawal
Round 2, Pick 46
Position: PF
Class: Junior
School: Georgia Tech
Conference: Atlantic Coast
HT: 6'9"
WT: 234
Biography: While not reflected in his statistics, there is little doubt Lawal benefited from returning to Georgia Tech for his junior season after leaning toward entering the draft a year ago. The forward averaged team highs of 13.1 points and 8.5 rebounds in 2009-10, and while those were both slight decreases from the previous season, that drop off can be attributed to freshman Derrick Favors - a consensus lottery pick - taking away many of his low-post touches. Lawal's game is more well-rounded now and that improvement should move him into the latter half of the first round this June after he projected as a borderline first-rounder last season. Lawal earned third-team All-ACC honors for the second consecutive season, ranking third in the league in rebounding and 14th in scoring while shooting 52.9 percent from the field and blocking 49 shots. He made the ACC all-tournament team as the Yellow Jackets won three games before losing the championship to Duke. A relentless player in the post with a great motor, he is an excellent athlete with an NBA body and long wingspan that teams love. His offensive game, however, remains limited and improving his outside shot and free-throw shooting will be key for him as he moves through his pro career. Character is not in question with Lawal, who has always been lauded for his great work ethic and attitude. Lawal may be able to contribute immediately because of his rebounding, athleticism and hustle, and while he is not projected to be a future superstar, he has the potential to be more than an energy player off the bench.

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2009 Statistics
PPG FG% RPG APG FT%
13.1 52.9 8.5 0.4 57.2
 
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