Updated: May 31
Ron Harper Jr. Scouting Report
Written by: LaMarr Fields
Ron Harper Jr. played four years at Rutgers and got better each year. As a freshman, he averaged 7.8 points per game; the following year, he upped it to 12.1. Harper averaged 14.9 as junior and 15.8 points per game as a senior. Harper made the All-Big Ten team twice and averaged 12.8 points and 5.1 rebounds in four years. He also shot 43% from the field and 34% from beyond the arc.
Harper is a solid shooter from the outside and can post up smaller defenders with his size. In addition, he is sold shooter; he shot 39% from three as a senior, the best in his four years at Rutgers. Harper moves well without the ball, and he can also be a playmaker with the ball in his hands. The former Rutgers star is a solid rebounder and decent athlete. With his size and strength, Harper should be able to play through contact and be a solid finisher at the rim.
While Harper is good with the ball in his hands, he's not quick off the dribble; he will need to be a more consistent shooter in the NBA. On the wing, Harper could struggle to guard quicker players. In addition, he will need to work on getting in better shape to be a better player at the NBA level.
Harper could be a second-round for a team looking to develop him, and he has some skills that will help NBA teams. If he drops some weight, he could get quicker and more effective on offense and defense. In addition, Harper has the work ethic to improve his weaknesses to be a solid NBA player. It will be interesting to see where he goes in the draft.