Could a raw project from Oregon make a difference with the Indiana Pacers?

Kel'el Ware, Oregon Ducks (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Ware is currently ranked somewhere in the #16-#22 range in most NBA mock drafts this year.

Ware has shown off some of the traits this season at Oregon that made him a 5 star recruit coming out of high school.  For starters, Ware has already proven upside on the defensive end, averaging 1.6 BPG in just 22.5 MPG. He also makes his presence felt with his natural length and lob-threat ability. If you watch the clip below, you can see just how well Ware uses his tall, lanky frame to get open for lobs, as well as intimidate of the defensive side of the ball.

However, there are some things Ware could improve on.

While he posses a solid rim running game, as well as solid post moves and good defensive IQ, Ware is still in the process of developing his jumper.

This season, Ware is shooting only 45% from the field, as well as a poor 29% from 3 on 2.2 attempts per game.  Some of these numbers could be contributed to Ware not acting like a stretch big such as Karl-Anthony Towns, and embracing more of a true center role when he plays with his team-mates at Oregon, but there is reason to hope for his shot to improve, as a respectable 70% at the free throw line is a good percentage for the position, and early free throw shooting success has been found to have a positive correlation to a prospect’s long-term shooting outlook.