Biography: As one of the most athletic players in this year's draft class, Whiteside is considered by many to be a lottery pick. In just one season at Marshall, Whiteside emerged as one of the nation's best defenders in the post. Using his 7-foot-6 wingspan and excellent instincts around the basket, Whiteside led all Division I players with an average of 5.4 blocked shots, while also averaging 8.9 rebounds. He led the nation with three triple-doubles and was named the Conference USA freshman of the year and defensive player of the year. While his presence on the defensive end forced opponents to change their strategy, Whiteside's offensive skills are still raw. Although he averaged 13.1 points on 52.4 percent shooting, he was never considered a major scoring threat for the Thundering Herd. He had three 20-point games in 34 contests and didn't show great intelligence with the ball. His 10 assists were tied for the fifth-fewest among 1,139 Division I players who recorded at least 800 minutes in 2009-10. Besides needing to develop an offensive game, Whiteside also must add weight to his thin frame. While he didn't have much trouble controlling the paint in Conference USA, he must build muscle to be able to contend with the behemoths in the pro game. Although Whiteside appears to be a long way from making an impact, most scouts believe he has the tools to excel in the NBA and will likely be selected in the middle of the first round.
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