Taurean Prince Scouting Report

(First posted at RealGM)

Much like Brown, Prince also has an impressive physical profile, an undeveloped skill level and question marks with regards to his defense.

But while there are people who believe there is a chance Brown can become a shot creator in time, holding out hope for his superstar potential, no one feels the same about Prince, which is why he’s expected to get drafted 10 or 15 spots lower.

Prince even did a little of pull-up shooting out of straight isolations, post up work and passing out of dribble penetration at Baylor but his handle isn’t much, his decision making in traffic is suspect, he’s never shown particularly adept skills as a passer and can’t get by anyone off the bounce.

Prince projects as a weak-side guy in an NBA offense and there’s good reason to believe he will productive in that role. He’s not the sort of shooter who can come off staggered screens, set his feet and let it fly but proved himself a reliable open shooter spotting in the corners – nailing 37.7% of his 299 three-point shots over the last seasons.

Prince has long strides to attack closeouts on straight line drives and a nice touch to finish around length on non-dunk finishes, converting 64.5% of his 110 shots at the rim last season – according to hoop-math. He can also use his athleticism to make himself a target for lobs diving to the rim when his man lapses focus.

Defensively, Prince also projects as the prototype wing who can offer switch-ability picking up smaller and bigger players thanks to his physical tools; six-foot-eight height, six-foot-11 wingspan, 220-pound frame, strength to contain dribble penetration through contact, lateral quickness to defend in space.

But there is very little evidence Prince can translate his combination of size and athleticism into impact play on that end because of the zone system he was a part of at Baylor.

Editor’s Note: Rafael Uehara is the managing editor of ‘Basketball Scouting’. More of his work can be found here or at RealGM, where he is a regular contributor. He can be followed on twitter as @rafael_uehara


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