Make sure you know who your aussie NBA Draft prospects are, check out Brock Motum![caption id="attachment_15931" align="aligncenter" width="409"] Steven Bisig / USA Today[/caption] Last week we looked at Matthew Dellavedova and his chances of being picked in the upcoming NBA draft. Our other Aussie hopeful is Brock Motum.
Brock MotumBorn: 16 October 1990, Brisbane, Australia Height: 2.08m (6ft 9in) Weight: 111kg Brock Motum started at the Australian Institute of Sport, training and playing under former Adelaide 36er's head coach Marty Clarke. At 18, Motum was named the U21 male youth player of the year in the South East Australian Basketball League. Motum represented Australia at Under 19 level in 2009 at the Four Nations Tournament and the FIBA U19 World Championships. Unfortunately, he just missed out on making the Boomers squad for the London 2012 Olympic Games. For the past four season Motum has been playing and studying (Psychology) at Washington State University (WSU). In his first season (2009-2010) Motum averaged just three points in six minutes of game time. During his first two seasons at WSU, Motum played on the same team as Klay Thompson. Thompson was drafted by the Golden State Warrios (with pick 11) at the end of the 2010-2011 season. This opened up an opportunity for Motum to be a starter and an offensive threat. Motum had a breakout season averaging 18 points (shooting 55% from the field), 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 31 minutes. Subsequently, he was named the league's Most Improved Player. Last season, his final, he averaged 18.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.4 threes per game in 35 minutes.
Strengths: Motum is considered to have a solid shooting range, athleticism and a good motor. He can be a knock down shooter, which opens up the opportunity to be a stretch four (a power forward who has passing and shooting skills) in the mold of a Matt Bonner. He could also play at the Small Forward position and use his height to shoot over defenders from outside or attack the paint. He's an able rebounder (averaging 6.3 a game in 2013) and while his shooting percentage went down this season (to .456) he was still the Cougar's stop scorer. Motum is considered to be a genuine play-maker who loves to have the ball in his hands with a good basketball IQ as well. Weaknesses: Motum could be described in the NBA as a 'tweener' -- someone who is too big for SF but not big enough for PF. A potential strength as well as a weakness depending on what'll be asked of him in the NBA. While we consider his athleticism to be good, Motum will still need to work on his size and strength to be able to compete in the NBA, especially when it comes to rebounding and defense.
Leading into the draft on June 27, Motum is on team's radars, already trying out with the Philadelphia 76ers, the Houston Rockets and the Boston Celtics, a trial with the Chicago Bulls is also on the agenda. Motum is an outside chance to be taken with a late second round draft pick. If not, Motum should be able to find a team in Europe that can use his talent. Either way, look for Brock Motum to be a key member of the Boomers Rio 2016 Olympic squad.