Michael Eckhardt of Tucson, AZ

Michael Eckhardt of Tucson, AZ Shares His Thoughts on Wildcats’ Forward, Lauri Markkanen

Michael Eckhardt, of Tucson, AZ is a big Arizona Wildcats fan. Today, he writes about the immense potential of Finnish freshman forward Lauri Markkanen.

Finland is more known for mobile phones than for basketball. However, it has a very active hoops scene which has seen players move across the Atlantic to play replica cartier love bracelet in the NCAA and even the NBA. While there are no active Finnish players in NBA rosters this season, the past years have seen the likes of Erik Murphy of the Chicago Bulls and and Hanno Mottola of the Atlanta Hawks.

But if there’s anyone who could really give Finnish basketball the second look it deserves, it might just be Arizona freshman Lauri Markkanen. Lauri is not the first in his family to play in the NCAA. His father, Pekka, played a season at Kansas before moving back to Finland. The younger Markkanen is currently averaging 16.7 points and 7.4 rebounds a game against some of the toughest teams in the NCAA, and draft pundits have tabbed him to be picked seventh or eight cartier double bracelet
in this year’s draft.

What makes Markkanen special? For starters, he stands seven feet tall. In a league with the likes of Joel Embiid, Kristaps Porzingis, Anthony cartier bracelet price list
Davis, and Giannis Antetokoumpo, Markkanen’s size alone does not set him apart. However, the kid can flat-out score from almost anywhere on the floor. He is shooting a decent 51.1% from the field and 82.5% from the charity stripe for the season. And–get this–he is shooting a whopping 46.5% from the three-point line, draining 2.2 triples a game. In January alone, he has made 12 of 19 from long range, with four each against Colorado and Arizona Sate.

Markkanen making those shots doesn’t surprise me. After bracelet replica cartier all, according to his father, the kid played guard before experiencing a growth spurt. Thus, he can put the ball on the floor, run the break, and feed the post.

He might not have the hops of Joel Embiid nor the sheer size of Kristaps Porzingis, but do you know who he resembles a lot now? Another Euro big man named Dirk.

 

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