Lauri Markkanen at the NBA Basketball Without Borders Global Camp
by: Jonathan Givony - President, Mike Schmitz
February 20, 2015
An interview and highlights of 6-10 Finnish PF Lauri Markkanen from the 2015 Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in New York City during NBA All-Star Weekend.

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Markkanen, whose father played under Roy Williams at Kansas, was the breakout performer of the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp. Tall and mobile, with an excellent frame that should fill out nicely in time, he impressed with his extremely high skill-level and basketball IQ throughout the weekend.

While he needs to get tougher and stronger, and become a much better rebounder and defender down the road, he looks like he has plenty of room to continue to develop in the next few years. He showed nice footwork, a solid feel for the game, and proved to be more than just a one-dimensional shooter at the Camp, putting the ball on the floor at times and make some smart passes.

Currently a high school junior, he is likely to attend college in the States in 2016 from what he told us. According to Evan Daniels of, he is currently being receiving interest from the likes of Texas A&M, Duke, North Carolina, Florida, Utah, St. John's and Arizona.

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Lauri Markkanen
Full Profile | Player Stats
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 225 lbs.
Birthday: 05/22/1997
19 Years Old
High School: HBA
Current Team: Arizona , Freshman
Current: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
15.6 Pts, 7.1 Rebs, 0.9 Asts