Poeltl, Jakob Utah   7'1" 239 C soph. Poeltl was the Pac 12 Player of the Year this season. He averaged 17.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures in all but four games in 2015-16. He converted a staggering 65.9% of his field goal attempts (career). His defensive rating of 94.3 anchored the Utah defense. Poeltl is a good offensive rebounder and his free throw stroke is improved, up from just 44% as a freshman to 69% this season past. He showed a much better ability to 'pick and pop' this season. He led the Pac 12 in True Shooting Percentage (.673). ...Poeltl had more turnovers than assists, and that part of his game needs improvement. My other concern is his standing reach of 8'9.5" which is short for a guy that is 7'1". By comparison, David Wear, Tony Snell and Otto Porter have the same standing reach.  Poeltl is originally from Vienna, Austria. Both his parents were members of Austrian national volleyball teams. You just don't see too many seven foot players with his good hands and ability to run the floor. I think he is potentially a top-tier BIG in the NBA at the height of his career. 

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