Prospect #5: Tari Eason F (LSU)
ESPN Rank 14
Tari Eason played his freshman season at Cinncinatti before transferring to LSU. His move to the super-competitive SEC saw him breakout against superior competition. Eason is a forward capable of defending two through four and has been deployed as a small-ball five for LSU this season.
Eason came off of the bench for LSU but don’t let that fool you, he can absolutely ball. In 24.6 minutes a game, he averaged 16.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game. He shot efficiently from the field as well, shooting 56.4% on 2-pointers, 35.5% on threes, and 79.6% at the stripe.
While the shooting touch appears to be real, his steal numbers are the most exciting as steals translate well from college to the NBA. The only thing going against him is his age, but being a later bloomer shouldn’t be a crime.
Eason’s sophomore year breakout could see him move up draft boards. He is athletic, intense, can handle the ball, score, and is switchable across multiple positions. If he dominates in the NCAA Tournament he could work his way into the top-10. However, if he’s there for the taking at 16 he’s simply a player the Rockets can’t afford to let pass them by.