Timberwolves Interested in Zeke Nnaji; Set Interview For Next Week

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The Minnesota Timberwolves still have about a month before the NBA draft lottery takes place, and about three more months until draft day. However, it seems Gersson Rosas and Co. are chugging along in pre-draft process.

That includes meeting with draft prospects they are potentially interested in. According to Darren Wolfson of KSTP, one of those meetings will be with University of Arizona wing and Hopkins MN native, Zeke Nnaji, next week (via virtual interview).

Does Zeke Nnaji + Minnesota Timberwolves make sense?

We all know about the Minnesota Timberwolves’ top-3 lottery pick. They rightfully earned that spot last season, finishing near the bottom of the NBA. They have another pick pending, though. Assuming the Brooklyn Nets still find a way to make the playoffs, while cooped in the Orlando bubble and undermanned, the Wolves are still set to receive their first round pick for the 2020 draft.

The Nets pick is projected to land around the 15th or 16th overall spot. The PF position is their biggest position of need, and Nnaji could fill it easily. His ability to shoot and to space the floor is exactly what Rosas wants.

The 6’11” Minnesota native was the 2019-20 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, averaging over 16 points and 8.6 boards per game. Nnaji is currently projected to be a mid-first round pick. He fits what the Wolves are searching for, but he wouldn’t be a fully-ready product right away.

The Wolves have done extensive work on many prospects, though they haven’t yet met with any projected lottery picks… With both the lottery and draft being pushed back due to the pandemic, it appears they have plenty of time to prepare for how they want to execute the draft. Nnaji might be available when it’s their turn, and I don’t think many around here would argue, if Gersson took the hometown kid.

Ameer Eldomiatti | Minnesota Sports Fan

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