Senior center Colton Iverson made the most of his one year at Colorado State, elevating his game to All-American status and placing himself on the NBA radar after three mediocre years at Minnesota. The one-year transfer is one of the most efficient scorers in the nation, ranking in the top ten nationally by shooting 59.6% on the year. Iverson has outstanding touch around the rim, utilizing his massive frame to carve out space and get looks at the rim with his strong footwork and positioning. At 6 foot 10 and 260 pounds, Iverson establishes post position with physicality and lower body strength. He has great hands, and quickly powers his way into the lane once he gets a touch in the post. Even if he is not getting a touch, he still helps an offense because of the space he takes up and attention he demands from post defenders. Iverson was nearly unstoppable this year when going over the left shoulder with a jump hook, easily the best of his post moves. Iverson likes to get the ball on the left block and move towards the middle of the paint, where he can get off his shot with ease. He does a lot of the little things extremely well, such as setting screens on the perimeter, passing to open shooters out of the post, and working tirelessly to keep balls alive on the offensive glass. Iverson got to the line more than anyone in the Mountain West this year, a testament to his non-stop motor and willingness to absorb contact. A player whose efficiency went up drastically as his usage increased at CSU, Iverson is a dominant force in the post due to his physical play and constructive use of his large frame.
While Iverson broke out offensively in his final year at the collegiate level, his lack of elite athleticism limits his upside at the next level. Iverson provides very little explosion at the rim, instead relying strictly on his ability to overpower his opponents. Against larger and more athletic centers in the NBA, Iverson may struggle to score by backing down into the paint and going to his right. Iverson needs to develop a more diverse post game with a number of go-to moves to compensate for his average athleticism. He does not display a very strong left hand, and has to work on scoring from the opposite block to add value on the offensive end. Iverson will go through passive stretches on the offensive end and does not possess the mentality of the go-to scoring option. He is not a threat to score from outside the paint, lacking any face up game or midrange jump shot. Although Iverson led the conference in free throws, he is only a 56% career shooter from the stripe, an area where he can improve. Although Iverson is very efficient and effective in what he does, he needs to add more versatility to his scoring game to overcome his lack of great athleticism at the next level.
Iverson’s toughness and physicality make him an overall strong player on the defensive end. He has no problem banging with bigger players in the post, and is a good one-on-one defender because of his lower body strength and willingness to play a physical brand of defense. Iverson plays extremely hard on the defensive end, showing enough effort and foot speed to get by when he is forced to step away from the basket and defend. But perhaps Iverson’s best NBA skill is his rebounding, a stat that the led the Mountain West in this past season. Iverson is a very physical rebounder who carves out his space when the shot goes up and explodes towards the ball right when it comes off the rim. He has strong hands, long arms, great instincts, and plenty of motor to be a strong rebounder at the next level.
While Iverson can rebound and guard in the post very well, there are still areas defensively where he has plenty of room to improve. Iverson has a tough time defending the pick and roll, a staple of NBA offenses. He struggles to get back into the paint when hedging on screens, and will need more coaching at the next level to improve in this area. Also, for the center position, he is not a very good rim protector. At 6 foot 10 and with long arms, Iverson averaged 0.7 blocks in almost 30 minutes per game this year. He needs to improve in this area to get consistent minutes at the next level, especially for a player that struggles to guard away from the basket.
Colorado State’s Colton Iverson was the breakout player on one of the surprise teams in the entire country in ’12-’13. After three pedestrian years at Minnesota, Iverson transferred to CSU for his senior year and displayed a number of skills that have NBA scouts closely examining his game. Iverson is an extremely efficient post scorer who carves out space and finishes well at the rim. He plays extremely hard and does a lot of the dirty work for his offense, setting screens, occupying space on the block, and crashing the offensive glass. Defensively, Iverson’s best trait is his motor and production on the glass, skills that should carry over to the next level. His overall physicality and toughness make him a very strong one-on-one defender in the post, even though he is not much of a rim protector and struggles to guard in space. Because he is not an elite athlete or post scorer with an array of moves on the block, Iverson’s NBA upside is somewhat limited. But there is still something to be said about a physical, tough player with great size that expresses a willingness to rebound and do a lot of the less glamorous work on both ends of the floor. While Iverson will never be a star at the next level, he has the makeup as a potential role player that can find his niche on a pro roster by playing hard and bringing toughness to a team’s frontcourt.