Prospect Profile | Lauri Markkanen

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Lauri Markkanen

7’0” 230 LBS F

Season Stats:

37 G | 30.8 MPG | 15.6 PPG | 49.2 FG% | 42.3 3FG% | 69 3FGM | 83.5 FT% | 7.2 RPG

Career Highlights:

• In a season that saw a pair of freshman guards with franchise-changing potential dominate Pac-12 headlines, Markkanen did his part to bring notoriety to the conference’s talented crop of big men. He placed tenth in the league in scoring (15.6 ppg), fourth in 3-point percentage (42.3), tenth in 3-pointers (69), ninth in total rebounds (266), third in made free throws (137), and first in foul shooting (83.5%). For his efforts, the 19-year old forward was named an All-American, and received Third-Team All-Pac-12 honors.

• Markkanen’s transition to playing basketball in the United States was about as smooth as his offensive game. Raised in Finland, the 7-footer displayed an array of scoring skills for Arizona, exhibiting finishing strength around the rim, a comfortable handle, and – perhaps most notable, given his size – a dependable deep touch. Eleven times this season, Markkanen connected on at least three 3-pointers in a game, and concluded the campaign as the Wildcats’ most prolific perimeter marksman. He ranked among the Pac-12’s top 10 in overall field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, and free throw percentage, while generating the conference’s fifth-best true shooting percentage (63.4). Furthermore, the big man buried a stellar 42.4 percent (59-139) of his catch-and-shoot opportunities, and 45.3 percent (29-64) of pick-and-pop tries. Per sports-reference.com, Markannen’s eye-popping 134.1 individual offensive rating was good for fifth-best in the country.

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• In respect to rebounding, Markkanen held his own, especially on the offensive glass. Showing a willingness to fight and scrap inside, the Wooden Award finalist snagged 88 offensive boards, good for fifth-best in the Pac-12; placed 10th on the league’s offensive rebound percentage chart (10.0%); and converted 27 of 47 putback opportunities (57.4%).

Did You Know?:

Markkanen has plenty of athletes in his immediate family. His mom and dad were both basketball players, with his father also having competed collegiately in the U.S., at Kansas. One of Markkanen’s two brothers plays soccer professionally, and is a member of Finland’s national club.

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