We continue to look at prospects that are looking to test the NBA Draft waters this season and one that will certainly have eyes throughout the process will be freshman 6’10 JT Thor from Auburn.
Coming out, he was one of the top players in the country, ranked as a Top-100 prospect by nearly all outlets. In his first season, he averaged 9.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game, as the forward shows a good understanding of how to operate on several levels.
Thor brings tremendous athleticism to go along with his length, which helps him tremendously on the boards and also timing in blocking shots. He reacts well on the boards and being disruptive as a rim-protector. Offensively, Thor has shown that he can be productive in several areas, finishing over defenders, solid touch, and of course, showcase his athleticism in finishing at the rim. He shot 53 percent from inside the arc in his first season at Auburn but certainly has room to improve with his three-point shot. He showed that he is comfortable and can be a threat from outside, shooting 74 attempts this past year but he finished shooting 29.7 percent from behind the arc.
Thor has a smooth release on his shot and moves well on the court; when you add that to his ability to shoot off the dribble and to trail to knock down shots, as well as help get on the boards, there is intrigue with how Thor can help a team at the next level. There are still areas with questions coming into the draft but he is a name to keep an eye on.
He did have some nice games against quality opponents last year, including 15 points, nine rebounds vs. Alabama and his best game against Kentucky finishing with 24 points, five 3-pointers, and nine rebounds.
Check out a few highlights from that game against Kentucky below.