1. Patrick Baldwin Jr., PF/SF, Milwaukee
Rather than join an illustrious college basketball program, Baldwin played for his father at Milwaukee during his freshman year. Averaging 12.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game on 34% shooting isn’t the best look against Horizon League competition, but there are reasons to explain this.
Baldwin struggled with injuries, only playing in 11 games all year. When healthy, Baldwin is a smooth athlete that shows off tremendous passing instincts, a nice offensive game inside the arc, and the physical tools needed to play center in a small-ball lineup.
Patrick Baldwin Jr. would be a home run for the Toronto Raptors.
Baldwin will make his name in the post, but the idea of putting a 6-9 forward with his mobility out on the perimeter will appeal to the Raptors. He was regarded as a Top 10 pick earlier in the year, which could make him a perfect buy-low candidate.
The league will likely not pay any mind to Baldwin’s collegiate production due to his injury. His high school tape and testing numbers show that he is ready to be a quality developmental prospect as soon as he laces up in the pros. Toronto may have a quick roadmap to success for him than most.