Jalen Green Scouting Report

CONTEXT

Currently ranked third in the 2020 high school class[1], Jalen Green logged the third most minutes in the United States’ title winning campaign at the U19 FIBA World Championships in Crete last month – mostly the case because he got a lot of action in garbage time while also playing a rotation role in the more competitive parts of these games.

The six-foot-five gunner spaced the floor to the pace of taking 46% of his live-ball attempts from three-point range, while averaging 7.7. such attempts per 40 minutes. He didn’t make the vast majority of these shots in this tournament, but the fluidity of his release offers hope he is likely to develop into a better shooter than his percentages suggest.

On the other end, Green lacks the strength and physicality to be an impact defender at this point of his development. But his effort was quite pleasing. He got in a stance, moved his feet, worked to contest shots, hustled chasing shooters around, jumped passing lanes and even showed a little bit of versatility picking up different types of players on switches from time-to-time.

OFFENSE

The 17-year-old[2] took a few shots coming off pindown screens but acted as a spot-up floor-spacer for the most part.

His shooting stroke looks pretty pure, as he elevates off 1-2 footwork with great balance, gets great elevation, fully extends himself for a high release, has a quick trigger and consistently gets a good arc under his shot. He cashed in 75% of his 20 free throws as well[3], suggesting the natural touch is there too.

But the ball did not go in, as Green missed 23 of his 29 three-point shots in Crete.

An aggressive shot taker, he still looked good enough to command hard closeouts a fair amount. The Fresno native has a quick first step off a shot-fake to attack the basket on straight-line drives and can pivot into a well-coordinated spin move to get into the lane against quicker defenders as well.

He can go up with power off one foot with the ball with some momentum behind him but struggled to finish through contact and didn’t show a particularly versatile finishing package either – more often than not looking for basic speed layups on non-dunk finishes. Green was, nonetheless, productive inside the arc – converting 55.9% of his 34 twos and earning .588 foul shot for every two-point shot he took.

When he got to handle in isolation, Green flashed some side-to-side quicks but struggled to play through contact due to his thin 170-pound frame.

When he got to handle in transition, Green flashed some appealing passing – tossing sleek bounce passes and chest passes to teammates filling the lanes – but still only assisted on 7.4% of the United States’ scores when he was on the floor.

DEFENSE

Matched up against opposing wings, he bent his knees to get down in a stance somewhat consistently and showed a good deal of lateral quickness to stay attached out in space. Green was most often unable to contain dribble penetration through contact but put in the effort to contest pull-ups effectively and guarded with his arms up near the basket.

His thin frame did help him navigate through picks, though, and he hustled to chase shooters around the floor with appealing effort.

As a weak-side defender, he was attentive to his responsibilities helping crowd the area near the basket and made some plays on the ball from the side while clogging driving lanes. Green also impressed with his reading skills and quickness making plays in the passing lanes – averaging 3.2 steals per 40 minutes.

His rebounding was a tad disappointing, as he collected just 5.2% of opponents’ misses when he was on the floor, but it’s fair to point out the United States were stacked with good guard rebounders.

Green flashed some quick leaping ability blocking a couple of shots defending on the ball but didn’t prove himself as an asset capable of helping protect the basket.

He picked up smaller players on switches some and showed the right approach as well. Green went over picks at the point of attack and hustled in pursuit to discourage or effectively contest shots from behind. He also flashed the ability to go under the pick and beat the ball handler to the spot on the other side.

Green picked up bigger players on switches a couple of times as well and tried to put up a fight. He attempted to front the post with some tenacity but ultimately lacked the strength to hold his ground well enough in post defense and boxouts.


[1] According to ESPN

[2] DOB: 2/9/2002

[3] According to Real GM

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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