Trevon Duval Scouting Report

CONTEXT

  • Disappointing year in college. Arrived at Duke as the sixth-ranked player in the 2017 high school class[1] but should end up a second round pick.
  • Averaged just 13.8 points per 40 minutes[2] on 21.2% usage rate due to a very lousy .473 effective field goal percentage and compiled a below average 13.0 PER in 37 appearances last season[3].
  • Reasonably experienced for a 19-year-old[4]:
    • 1,100 minutes of NCAA experience;
    • 242 minutes at the 2015 and 2016 adidas Nations;
    • An appearance at the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit.
  • Duke played the 15th-toughest schedule in the country[5] and had only a +2.1 pace-adjusted point differential with him on the floor, which was the second-worst net rating on the team[6].
  • Six-foot-three lead guard who as the triggerman of an attack that focused more heavily on getting its two dominant big men the ball in the post and its shooters touches off screens on the side of the floor.
    • Was relied on to space the floor upon giving up the ball but struggled to make shots away from the basket, losing his place in the starting lineup at one point before eventually recovering it.
    • Kept things moving and got to the rim very well in pick-and-roll with a spaced floor, though shot poorly there as well.
    • Averaged 29.8 minutes per game on a team that ranked third in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency.
  • Given his combination of size and athleticism, was expected to be a good-to-great defender but that wasn’t the case at all.
    • Wasn’t the only problem but it’s fair to say he was part of the reason why Duke installed a full time zone for the second half of the season, despite the fact it had five guys who will be given multiple chances to fail in the pros.

OFFENSE

  • Possesses a very appealing combination of skill and quickness off the dribble, with or without the aid of a pick. Has an explosive first step and is sudden enough to split double teams at the point of attack. Shifty; can go between the legs in a pinch, crossover into burst and euro-step to maneuver his way through traffic in the lane. Has a good handle and decent upper-body strength to maintain his balance through contact against defenders who can stay on his hip.
    • Took 44.5% of his shots at the rim[7], though earned just 3.2 free throws per 40 minutes.
  • Did some advanced work in pick-and-roll; proved able to pass over the top out of traps, play with pace against hedges waiting for driving lanes to open up and snake his way back to a spot around the foul line.
  • Not a genius who anticipates passing lanes a split-second before everyone else but proved to be a good passer on the move; can kickout, drop-off, deliver a pocket pass and make a wraparound pass among the trees.
    • Assisted on 30.2% of Duke’s scores when he was on the floor.
  • High turnover player due to attempting high risk passes as times.
    • Averaged 3.7 turnovers per 40 minutes.
  • Disappointing finisher; used his length to over-extend around rim protectors on finger-roll finishes, can finish through contact and flashed a floater to finish over length from the in-between area but isn’t an explosive leaper off one foot going up in traffic, can’t hang in the air and struggled with his touch at rim level.
    • Shot 55.8% on 154 attempts at the rim, with over a fifth of his makes assisted.
  • Couldn’t make a shot; off the dribble, off the catch and from the foul line. Mechanical release, doesn’t always launch the ball from the same spot and struggles with his touch.
    • Shot 29% on 107 three-point shots, at a pace of 3.9 such attempts per 40 minutes;
    • Shot 36.5% on 85 two-point shots away from the basket;
    • Shot 59.6% on 89 free throws.

DEFENSE

  • In his most engaged moments, proved capable of keeping pace in one-on-one defense and chasing opponents off screens.
  • But for the most part, too spaced out and often gets blown by out in space. Doesn’t use the strength in his 186-pound frame[8] to contain dribble penetration and gambles for strips on reach-around’s.
    • Averaged two steals per 40 minutes.
  • Flashed decent pick-and-roll defense earlier in the year; iced the action towards the sideline and got skinny navigating over screens on the middle of the floor.
  • Gets burned backdoor from time-to-time and does poorly on closeouts more often than not.
  • Wasn’t asked to switch or cross-match onto bigger players, whether it’s wings or big men. Has a six-foot-nine wingspan[9] to potentially be able to do it but frame needs to mature some more.
  • Contributed very little on the glass, even for a point guard.
    • Collected just 4.9% of opponents’ misses when he was on the floor.
  • Had the worst defensive rating on the team

[1] According to ESPN

[2] According to sports-reference

[3] According to RealGM

[4] DOB: 8/3/1998

[5] According to Ken Pomeroy

[6] According to RealGM

[7] According to hoop-math

[8] According to Duke’s official listing

[9] According to Draft Express

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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