With the 36th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks selected Johnny O'Bryant, a 21 year old forward out of LSU. O'Bryant averaged 15.4 points and 7.7 rebounds in 30 minutes per game for the Tigers as a junior.
O'Bryant was a McDonald's All-American and a consensus top-40 recruit entering college, but struggled with his weight early in his career (he was around 280 pounds in his first season at LSU). A determined effort to get into shape paid major dividends, as his performance improved dramatically after dropping 20 pounds as a sophomore. O'Bryant was named to the All-SEC First Team in his second season while averaging 13.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
According to his profile on DraftExpress, O'Bryant is a talented interior scorer who can use both hands in a back-to-the-basket style. He also has a developing face-up game, sinking 47% of his jump shots as a junior, per Synergy Sports Technology. He flashed some passing ability out of the post but is also extremely turnover prone, with the highest adjusted turnover rate among DX's top-100 prospects.
O'Bryant's style of play might remind you of somebody...
Down to the hairstyle, Johnny O’Bryant seems like a slightly taller Jeff Adrien.— Mitch Vomhof (@mitchvomhof) June 27, 2014
Regardless of the skills O'Bryant may bring, he faces an uphill battle to earn minutes on a Bucks team that is simply loaded with forwards now. After drafting Jabari Parker with the second overall pick, Milwaukee has little incentive to carry a number of developmental power forwards. The futures of Ersan Ilyasova and John Henson are in question at this point, to say nothing of Jeff Adrien and Ekpe Udoh.