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One-and-done North Carolina big man Day’Ron Sharpe is putting in some pre-draft work ahead of the NBA Draft on July 29. In a video posted to ESPN Draft Analyst Mike Schmitz’s Twitter, Sharpe shows off an extended shooting range and a leaner physique from his time with the Tar Heels.
Schmitz was impressed by Sharpe’s transformation in the Los Angeles-based workout: “Was able to watch UNC big Day’Ron Sharpe work out in LA yesterday. Really impressed with how he’s transformed his body. Down from 278 to 260 since he started his pre-draft. Shoots a really easy ball from 3 with soft touch. Should be able to stretch it in the NBA. Elite rebounder.”
Schmitz also watched film with Sharpe after the workout. “Loved breaking down film with big man Day’Ron Sharpe. Really engaging, lively personality with a great feel for the game. Averaged 19.7 PTS, 15.7 REBS, 3.0 AST, 1.6 STL and 1.9 BLK per 40 minutes as a freshman at UNC.”
Watch clips of Sharpe’s workout below:
Was able to watch UNC big Day’Ron Sharpe work out in LA yesterday. Really impressed with how he’s transformed his body. Down from 278 to 260 since he started his pre-draft. Shoots a really easy ball from 3 with soft touch. Should be able to stretch it in the NBA. Elite rebounder. pic.twitter.com/oISv3ieqKM
— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) July 1, 2021
Despite a strong freshman season for the Tar Heels, Sharpe was never respected as a threat from deep. The Montverde, Fla. native attempted only two threes last season and missed both. If scouts believe Sharpe’s lack of range was due to UNC’s usage of him and not his own talents, it will go a long way in improving his draft stock.
Sharpe is currently projected as a late first-round or early second-round pick.
In his lone season with the Tar Heels, the Greenville, N.C. native earned All-ACC Freshman team honors after averaging 9.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He shot 51.9% from the floor, tied for the team lead with 26 blocks and was arguably the team’s best passer in dishing out 42 assists. Sharpe finished second to Florida State’s Scottie Barnes in both ACC Freshman of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year voting.
The 6-foot-10, 265-pound forward provided energy and athleticism off the bench for the Tar Heels. He led the country in offensive rebound percentage (.183) and the ACC in offensive rebounds per game (3.4). In ACC games, Sharpe led the conference in offensive rebounding percentage (.20) and ranked third in defensive rebounding percentage (24.7). He finished the season with the highest offensive rebounds per 40 minutes average in school history (7.0), improving upon Kennedy Meeks’s 6.25 mark in 2016-17.
Sharpe posted seven double-doubles and led the team with six defensive player of the game awards. He scored a career-high 25 points against Notre Dame on Jan. 2 and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds three days later at Miami.
Prior to coming to Chapel Hill, Sharpe was a five-star recruit ranked as the No. 15 overall prospect in the class of 2020, according to 247Sports Composite.