NBA Mock Draft: Raptors land 3 backcourt players in guard-heavy B/R projection

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No. 31: Oso Ighodaro, C, Marquette

For a fringe first-round selection that could be picked anywhere in a 20-choice range, Ighodaro has been projected to go to the Raptors with some regularity. Given the Raptors' need for a backup center who can protect the rim and screen well, the fit makes sense for both parties.

Ighodaro, a career 65% finisher from the field who operates almost exclusively in the paint, is averaging 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while anchoring the Golden Eagles' defense this season. If nothing else, he'll be a nuisance in the paint who rebounds and attacks the basket with ferocity.

Oso Ighodaro can boost the Toronto Raptors' frontcourt depth

Ighodaro would probably tell you himself he's a limited offensive player in that he is a complete non-shooter. A four-year starter who has only one year of exceptional production offensively, the ceiling for him as an offensive player might be enough to take him out of first-round consideration.

As unfortunate as Christian Koloko's health issues were, the Raptors need to figure out a way to replace him. Even if Ighodaro never becomes a shooter, the fact he can be a post presence if everything pans out might be all he needs to stick around long-term.

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