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Portland takes Meyers Leonard with their second top pick Grade C

With their second pick in the lottery Portland went big with Illinois big man Meyers Leonard. Portland does need a big center thanks to the failure of Greg Oden. I would have taken North Carolina’s Tyler Zeller here more ready for the NBA game. Leonard will take a while to develop. Leonard has been flying up the draft boards ever after the season ended. Leonard improved...
June 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Outlook good for rising prospect

Inconspicuous, he is not. Meyers Leonard grinned sheepishly as he ducked his head to exit an eatery inside Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. As he crossed the massive foyer, necks swiveled. Whispers grew. "He must be 7-feet tall," a woman within earshot said. The NBA draft profile has Leonard listed at 7-foot-tall. In case there were any questions as to whether...
Via Fox Sports
June 28, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 NBA Draft: Illinois’ Meyers Leonard would be a smart pick for Detroit Pistons

Meyers Leonard may not be a household name to those outside of Big Ten country. But he’s gaining attention. The 7-footer’s play was one of few positive for the Illinois Fighting Illini in 2011-12, when they finished ninth in the Big Ten (17-15, 6-12). However, the fact that Leonard tips the scale at 240-245 pounds [...]
Via Detroit Sports 360
June 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Leonard felt like he had something to prove

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. If Meyers Leonard is anything, he is a physical specimen. With the media surrounding him at the Bucks' practice facility on Thursday, he is a giant among average-sized men. The tallest prospect in June 28's NBA Draft, Leonard looks, on first glance, like he was built specifically to be an All-Star center in the NBA. Teams all across the NBA have seen the...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
June 18, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 NBA Draft Profile: Meyers Leonard

Meyers LeonardIllinois - Sophomore (Born 1992)Center7'1" 250lbsThe Good:- NBA size, strength- 7'3" wingspan- athletic and agile for a big man- still young - plenty of upside- great shotblocker/defender- good footspeed on offense & defense- can really explode off the floor - good vertical- game and body has improved rapidly year by year- international experience...
Via Hoops Manifesto
June 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Illini Meyers Leonard at NBA Draft Combine (Video)

The Sports Bank’s Ngozi Ekeledo stopped by the 2012 NBA Draft Combine’s Media Day and talked to the former University of Illinois big man about why he made the decision to leave school early for the NBA.
Via The Sports Bank
June 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Scouting Report - Meyers Leonard

Today’s NBA Draft Blog Scouting Report looks at a big man with a lot of potential, Illinois’ Meyers Leonard.  Leonard is 7’1 and athletic for his size, but he still needs to improve a lot of areas of his game, on both ends of the floor.  Will his potential and size be enough to get him into the lottery?  Let’s take a look at Meyers Leonard:  Meyers Leonard, Illinois...
Via NBA Draft Blog
May 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Weber: Meyers Leonard Focusing Too Much On NBA Future

Illinois coach Bruce Weber questioned Meyers Leonard's maturity.
Via RealGM
December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

Illinois 67, Loyola of Chicago 49

Meyers Leonard scored 15 points and had six blocks and Brandon Paul added 14 points to lead Illinois to a 67-49 season-opening win over Loyola Chicago on Friday. Leonard, a 7-foot-1 sophomore, had nine points by halftime and hit the first 3-pointer of his career for the Illini. Paul overcame a cold-shooting first half in which he scored two points to lead Illinois. Paul's 3...
Via AP on Fox
November 11, 2011  |  Discuss

2012 Illini Hoops Most Important Player? Meyers Leonard!

Last night’s 79-51 exhibition rout of Wayne State was expected for most Illini basketball fans. The most important number of the box score is found in the game’s leading scorer, Meyers Leonard. He had 18 points, in just 16 minutes, that’s a great sign for your Illinois Fighting Illini, because they’ll really need Leonard to be good, if they’re going to be good.Leonard...
Via The Sports Bank
November 02, 2011  |  Discuss
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