Mikal Bridges Scouting Report

CONTEXT

Mikal Bridges is a college basketball purist’s dream.

After redshirting his first year, the six-foot-seven wing improved year-over-year the next three seasons, graduated and now leaves Villanova as a two-time National Champion.

Most recently, he averaged 22 points per 40 minutes on 65.5% true shooting and posted a 25.2 PER in 40 appearances last season. Villanova played the sixth-toughest schedule in the country and had a +35.3 pace-adjusted point differential in Bridges’ 1,286 minutes.

Other than his 3,172 minutes of NCAA experience, Bridges also has 103 minutes at the 2017 adidas Nations under his belt.

The 21-year-old had a few chances to isolate against his man out of ball reversals and sealing his man for catches in the extended elbow area. But for the most part he operated as a weak-side floor-spacer, while also flashing some ability to aid the shot creation with movement.

On the other end, Bridges started most possessions matched up on similarly sized wings, as a weak-side defender, but Villanova switched aggressively, not just on screens but on movement as well, and he found himself picking up smaller and bigger players quite often.

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Gary Trent, Jr. Scouting Report

CONTEXT

  • One of those prospects who would have been better off going straight from high school to the pros if he had that option.
    • Was the 8th-ranked prospect in the 2017 high school class[1] but is now expected to go in the second round.
  • Has accumulated a decent deal of experience for a 19-year-old[2]:
    • 1,253 NCAA minutes at Duke;
    • 276 minutes defending the United States National Team at the 2015 U16 FIBA Americas and 2016 U17 FIBA World Cup;
    • 399 minutes at the 2015 and 2016 adidas Nations and the 2015 Nike Global Challenge;
    • An appearance at the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit.
  • Averaged 17.2 points per 40 minutes[3] on 52.7% effective shooting and compiled a 15.9 PER in 37 appearances last season[4].
  • Duke played the 15th-toughest schedule in the country[5] and had a +22.2 pace-adjusted point differential with him on the floor[6].
  • Six-foot-six wing whose primary role was to space the floor for Marvin Bagley III’s and Wendell Carter, Jr.’s post-ups but had opportunities to take shots on the move coming off screens and sprinting to the ball on dribble hand-offs as well. Also got the eventual isolation from time-to-time.
    • Reasonably high 19.4% usage-rate for someone who was assisted on 68.9% of his field-goals.
  • Acted as a weak-side defender earlier in the season, one not stressed to do much. Did poorly when forced to guard on the ball. Has below average length for someone his height and doesn’t fly to create events.
    • Was part of the problem that led to Duke installing a full time zone defense for the second half of the season, despite the handful of high end prospects that team featured.

OFFENSE

  • Other than weak-side spot-ups, relocating around the wing and drifting to the corner, proved he is able to take shots on the move; coming off screens, sprinting to the ball on dribble hand-offs and slipping to the three-point line as the screener on the pick-and-pop. Sets feet quickly, has a quick trigger and fully extends himself for a high release.
    • Nailed 40.2% of his 241 three-point shots, at a pace of 7.7 such attempts per 40 minutes.
    • Hit 87.6% of his 97 foul shots.
  • Can run a basic side pick-and-roll to keep the offense moving but hasn’t shown much of anything in terms of court vision.
    • Assisted on just 6.7% of Duke’s scores when he was on the floor.
  • In isolation, can go behind the back in a pinch and pivot into a well-coordinated spin to create separation or gain momentum forward to launch step-back jumpers, floaters off jump-stops and running floaters, though isn’t all that efficient at them.
    • Hit 33.6% of his 131 mid-range shots[7].
  • Has difficulty getting all the way to the basket off the dribble. Has a loose handle, isn’t very quick with the ball and can’t bully his way forward through contact.
    • Took just 12.9% of his shots at the rim and earned just 3.1 foul shots per 40 minutes.
  • Isn’t an explosive leaper in traffic but can adjust his body in the air for acrobatic finishes around rim protectors and play above the rim as a target for lobs sneaking behind the defense on backdoor cuts.
    • Converted his 36 shots at the basket at a 65.5% clip, with 17 of his 36 makes assisted.
  • Low turnover player due to role as a gunner.

DEFENSE

  • Too spaced out in isolation defense, lacking the lateral quickness to stay in the front and not using the strength in his 209-pound frame[8] to contain dribble penetration through contact.
  • Dies on picks at the point of attack and doesn’t hustle back to try making plays challenging or contesting from behind.
  • Struggles chasing shooters off screens and flies by on closeouts, exposing the defense behind him.
  • Has a below average six-foot-eight wingspan[9] for someone his height but showed decent instincts jumping passing lanes for deflections and interceptions.
    • Averaged 1.4 steals per 40 minutes.
  • Not always attentive to his responsibilities rotating in to crowd the area near the basket and isn’t much of an asset to help protect the rim.
  • Contributed only marginally in the defensive glass.
    • Collected 10.2% of opponents’ misses when he was on the floor.
  • Had the third worst defensive rating on the team.

[1] According to ESPN

[2] DOB: 1/18/1999

[3] According to sports-reference

[4] According to RealGM

[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

Hamidou Diallo Scouting Report

CONTEXT

Hamidou Diallo’s time at Kentucky was uneventful.

The six-foot-five swingman arrived in Lexington in January of 2017 but had an agreement with the team that he wouldn’t suit up right away, as he planned to declare for that year’s draft straight out of high school. Diallo was hoping to get a promise he would be picked in the first round but once that promise wasn’t made, he opted to withdraw and play one season of college basketball instead.

Arriving in school half-a-year ahead of his teammates should have given him a leg up to become the most prominent player on last season’s team but that didn’t materialize. Diallo never got the chance to run offense and wasn’t much of a priority in the half-court, getting the eventual touch on ball reversals, curling off staggered screens and posting up smaller matchups but more often than not just standing in the weak-side as a floor-spacer.

On the other end, Diallo was a just a guy for the most part. He proved himself able to execute the scheme when it asked him to switch on the fly but an athlete like him is expected to be an above average individual defender or create events all over the place, neither of which was particularly true at the highest level of college ball, as Kentucky ranked 12th in the country in strength of schedule.

In 37 appearances, the 19-year-old posted a 13.3 PER and averaged 16.2 points per 40 minutes on a below average 47% effective shooting, with the bulk of his 22.5% usage-rate coming in transition. He also had the second worst defensive rating on the team among rotation players.

Based only on his 912 NCAA minutes, Diallo wouldn’t be highly thought of but he has 212 minutes of experience with the United States National Team at the 2016 U18 FIBA Americas and the 2017 U19 FIBA World Cup, as well as 305 minutes at the 2015 and 2016 adidas Nations – events where he was more impressive and built a reputation that maintain him a prospect with a shot to be picked in the 20s, despite the fact his performance in college was underwhelming.

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Rawle Alkins Scouting Report

CONTEXT

  • Rawle Alkins was the 21st-ranked prospect in the 2016 high school class[1].
  • In two seasons at Arizona, the six-foot-four wing accumulated 1,760 minutes of college basketball experience.
    • Other than that, he has 62 minutes at the 2015 adidas Eurocamp and 323 minutes at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 adidas Nations under his belt[2].
  • After missing the first 10 weeks of the year due to a foot injury, the 20-year-old[3] averaged 16.7 points per 40 minutes[4] on a below average 54.8% true shooting and posted a 16.8 PER in 23 appearances last season.
  • Arizona played only the 68th-toughest schedule in the country[5] and had a +5.8 pace-adjusted point differential in Alkins’ 723 minutes[6].
  • He didn’t run offense but had some shot creation responsibility off the dribble on ball reversals, attacking off a live dribble on hand-offs and isolating against his man late in the shot clock.
    • Only 44.4% of his 99 field-goals were assisted[7].
  • On the other end, Alkins is kind of just a guy. He has a thick frame and decent length to offer some versatility picking up bigger players on switches but isn’t the sort of player who can elevate the level of a unit and doesn’t create as many events as his athleticism suggests he could.

OFFENSE

  • Alkins logged 23.6% usage rate but on a team with Deandre Ayton and Allonzo Trier, his primary role was to space the floor, as 40.2% of his shots were three-point attempts.
    • Alkins’ shot can look like a slingshot and a bit mechanical at times but for the most part his release is fluid enough. His trigger certainly improved in comparison to his first year and he has a high release, getting his shots off over closeouts comfortably.
    • He’s only a spot-up shooter at this point of his development, able to take shots relocating around the wing and drifting to the corner, but is yet to show much of anything in terms of coming off screens or out of roll-and-replace or as the back-screener in Spain pick-and-rolls.
    • He nailed 35.9% of his 92 three-point shots, at a pace of 5.1 such attempts per 40 minutes last season. Over his two years at Arizona, he nailed 36.5% of his 211 three-point shots.
    • He hit 72.9% of his 199 free throws over his time in Tucson – an indication that he needs to continue working on his touch.
  • Alkins is very fluid attacking closeouts and can expose a scrambling defense on the move, not just taking it to the rim on straight line drives but also delivering last-second drop-offs and kick-outs.
    • He assisted on 14.2% of Arizona’s scores when he was on the floor last season.
  • Alkins is a capable but not all that efficient scorer in isolation.
    • He has a good first step and decent speed with the ball but mostly gets all the way to the basket by maintaining his balance through contact due to the strength in his 220-pound frame[8].
    • He took 34.5% of his shots at the rim and earned 5.4 foul shots per 40 minutes.
    • Alkins is not an explosive leaper off one foot in traffic and can’t hang in the air but has shown some flexibility in terms of adjusting his body in the air, proved he’s able to score around rim protectors on scoop finishes while making full use of his length and is ambidextrous at it.
    • He converted 64.6% of his 79 shots at the rim as a sophomore, after finishing his 120 such attempts at a 63.2% clip as a freshman.
  • When matched up against stronger types, Alkins can go between the legs and spin to get by his man or gain momentum forward on craft. But he is not very shifty side-to-side and hasn’t yet developed a tight handle, often ending up with a stop-and-pop pull-up with a hand in his face or a floater, both of which he is capable of making but not yet efficient at.
    • He hit just 25.9% of his 58 two-point shots last season.
    • He also averaged 2.6 turnovers per 40 minutes.
  • Alkins didn’t have a lot of chances to run middle pick-and-roll against a set defense but proved he is able to run side pick-and-rolls to keep the offense moving.
    • He can hit the roll man over the top, make a bounce pass setting up a mid-range jumper in pick-and-pop and make a skip pass to the three-point when that pick-and-pop big has long range.
    • He didn’t show anything advanced in terms of turning the corner, getting deep into lane or engaging the help defense and tossing up lobs in traffic or making passes across his body to the opposite end of the court.
  • Alkins took smaller matchups into the post from time-to-time but only showed a basic skill-set, looking to set simple turnaround hooks or side finishes after trying to create space by knocking back his man for a couple of bumps.
  • Alkins is an explosive leaper off two feet with some space to load up, which can be seen on diagonal cuts and figures to make him an option to play above the rim as a target for lobs sneaking behind the defense.
  • For a wing, Alkins was decent in the offensive glass and showed a quick second jump to translate some of those second chances into immediate scores on tip-ins.
    • He collected 8% of Arizona’s misses when he was on the floor and shot 61.5% on his 14 putback attempts.

DEFENSE

  • When engaged, Alkins can do well one-on-one against other wings, as he certainly has the tools to excel. He can slide his feet laterally to stay in front out in space, uses his strength to contain dribble penetration, guards with his arms up and has an eight-foot-three standing reach[9] to contest shots effectively when he is able to stay in his man’s personal space.
  • Arizona didn’t switch aggressively and matched up conventionally, so he rarely guarded smaller types. When he did guard the point of attack, Alkins didn’t seem able to get skinny navigating over picks.
  • Alkins did find himself on bigger players every once in a while. In these instances, he proved himself tenacious enough to front the post and then box them out in the defensive glass.
    • In the game against New Mexico, he logged a few minutes as the second biggest player in a smaller lineup and flashed some appealing awareness stepping up to the front of the rim to challenge shots as the last line of defense.
  • Alkins was so-so on closeouts. There were times he was able to run the shooter off his shot and stay in front but there were others where he flew by and exposed the defense behind him.
  • He showed he is able to execute the scheme stunting inside to clog driving lanes and rotating in to help crowd the area near the basket. Alkins also used his six-foot-eight wingspan to make some plays in the passing lanes – averaging a good, not great 1.6 steals per 40 minutes.
  • His contributions on the defensive glass were marginal, as he collected just 10.7% of opponents’ misses when he was on the floor last season.
  • Arizona had a lower defensive rating without him on the floor.

[1] According to ESPN

[2] According to RealGM

[3] DOB: 10/29/1997

[4] According to sports-reference

[5] According to Ken Pomeroy

[6] According to RealGM

[7] According to hoop-math

[8] According to Arizona’s official listing

[9] According to the measurements on last year’s combine

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

Kevin Knox, II Scouting Report

CONTEXT

  • Kevin Knox, II averaged 19.2 points per 40 minutes on 51.1% effective shooting and 24.6% effective shooting, while posting a 16.5 PER[1] in 37 appearances last season.
  • Kentucky played the 12th toughest schedule in college basketball[2].
  • His role on offense didn’t change over the second half of the season; the 18-year-old[3] got most of his touches as a weak-side floor-spacer, coming to the ball on dribble hand-offs, curling around pindown screens and posting up smaller matchups every once in a while.
  • On the other end, the six-foot-nine big wing proved he can be trusted to execute the scheme and pitch in on the defensive glass but didn’t have a chance to show how much versatility he offers in terms of guarding different types of players and didn’t create many events.

OFFENSE

  • Knox, II is an average spot-up shooter at this point of his development.
    • He lets the ball go out in front and has a somewhat pronounced dip for rhythm in his mechanics but he goes through his motion quickly enough, catches on the hop and gets good elevation, which makes him able to shoot over closeouts more often than not.
    • He nailed 34.1% of his 167 three-point shots, at a pace of 5.6 such attempts per 40 minutes[4].
    • He nailed 77.4% of his 164 free throws.
  • In terms of creating his own shot, Knox, II got his touches coming to the ball on dribble hand-offs and posting up smaller matchups. He loves operating off a rip-through move, creating just about enough space to pull-up or a good enough opening to drive.
    • Knox, II has pretty good strength in his 215-pound frame to maintain his balance through contact but is not explosive off the dribble and Kentucky didn’t space the floor well, so he was unable to bully his way to the basket often.
      • He took just 21.6% of his live ball attempts at the rim and a big chunk of them came in transition or on cuts, as 34 of his 64 makes at the basket were assisted[5].
        • Knox, II can play above the rim as a target for lobs in transition or sneaking behind the defense backdoor.
      • He lived in mid-range, where he took 40.6% of his shots. Other than one-dribble pull-ups when opponents couldn’t keep up with him as he went to the ball, Knox, II also has a floater off a jump-stop after curling off picks.
        • He hit 42.1% of his 178 two-point shots away from the rim.
      • Knox, II is an adept passer against a collapsing defense but hasn’t yet shown anything particularly impressive in terms of court vision – assisting on just 8.7% of Kentucky’s scores in his 1,198 minutes and posting a lousy 0.6 assist-to-turnover ratio.

DEFENSE

  • He only matched up with slightly smaller players (not that many wings in college are his size) and did reasonably well in individual defense.
    • Knox, II can bend his knees to get down in a stance and has several lateral slides in him to stay in front. He doesn’t use his frame to contain dribble penetration but guards with his arms up, which can be effective as he puts in the effort to contest shots with his eight-foot-10 standing reach[6].
  • Knox, II proved he is able to execute strategies that require him to switch on the fly and is attentive to his responsibilities rotating inside to crowd the area near the basket.
    • He’s not a threat to block many shots in help-defense, though.
    • He was a decent contributor on the defensive glass, collecting 14.4% of opponents’ misses when he was on the floor.
  • Knox, II doesn’t seem to be an option to cross-match onto smaller, quicker players for entire possessions as he is too big to navigate over screens at the point of attack and he’s also not an asset to chase shooters off screens.
  • As a weak-side defender, Knox, II was caught ball-watching from time-to-time and despite his seven-foot wingspan[7], he averaged just one steal per 40 minutes.

[1] According to RealGM

[2] According to Ken Pomeroy

[3] DOB: 8/11/1999

[4] According to sports-reference

[5] According to hoop-math

[6] According to Draft Express

[7] According to the measurements at the Kentucky Combine

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

Miles Bridges Scouting Report

CONTEXT

Miles Bridges was projected to be a lottery pick in last year’s draft before withdrawing his name from consideration and returning for his sophomore season at Michigan State.

That’s usually a dangerous proposition for these prospects, who are risking getting exposed or not showing enough development for the liking of pro decision makers in their second years in college.

That didn’t turn out to be the case with the 20-year-old[1] but he also didn’t manage to improve his status a whole lot either, as he’s currently expected to be drafted around the same range he was supposed to a year ago.

That’s not to say the six-foot-seven combo-forward was about the same player last season that he was in year one. In fact, it’s very curious how Bridges was pretty much a completely different player in year two.

As I wrote last August, Bridges impressed as a freshman by playing as a modern stretch big, capable of putting pressure on the rim as a finisher on dives to the basket or in the offensive glass and handling the ball out in space to create offense in isolation or out of the pick-and-roll, drawing opposing big men 25 feet away from the basket to defend in a way they are not accustomed to.

Defensively, Bridges translated his athletic ability into contesting shots near the basket coming off the weak-side in help-defense and running opposing stretch big men off their shots on closeouts.

More promisingly, though, Bridges also impressed with his technique in pick-and-roll defense as a big, getting down in a stance and walling off dribble penetration by rotating preemptively and manipulating ball-handlers into low-percentage mid-range pull-ups. He proved himself attentive to his responsibilities switching assignments on the fly as well.

But last season, he was asked to play, or he himself asked to play, a completely different role. In order to accommodate the four true big men Tom Izzo judged worthy of playing time, Bridges played as a pure wing the entire season, with the exception of a few stretches here and there when Michigan State was behind midway through the second half.

More of his shots were quick catch-and-shoot jumpers coming off screens on the side of the floor or sprinting to the ball on dribble hand-offs and he was tasked with guarding smaller players out on the perimeter for the most part.

As a result of his role, Bridges got to the rim less, collected a fewer percentage of available defensive rebounds and blocked fewer shots in his second year of college in comparison to his first.

I tended to dislike the way Bridges played last season but after going back to read what I wrote about him nine months ago, it turns out that all he did was focus on working on the few things I pointed out as causes for concern; individual perimeter defense, shooting versatility and foul shooting.

Therefore, taking a full view of his two-year college career instead of being myopic and only focusing on his most recent performance, I’m back to thinking very highly of Bridges, given the versatility of his skill-set and how much the league craves players like him right now.

In his 1,962 minutes in East Lansing, Bridges averaged 21.5 points per 40 minutes on 57.6% true shooting and 27.2% usage, nailed 37.5% of his 339 three-point shots, collected 20.4% of opponents’ misses when he was on the floor, assisted on 15.8% of Michigan State’s scores when he was in the game, blocked 1.4 shots per 40 minutes and posted a 22.8 PER[2].

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[1] DOB: 3/21/1998

[2] According to our stats’ database

Zhaire Smith Scouting Report

By June, Zhaire Smith might be one of the biggest risers in this draft class.

An unheralded prospect out of Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland, ranked 233rd in the 2017 class[1], the six-foot-five Swiss army knife had a standout freshman season at Texas Tech, aiding the Red Raiders’ run to the Elite Eight.

Once an overlooked prospect, he has now turned into one of this year’s most intriguing players and sought after commodities, projecting as an eventual lottery pick, with ESPN slotting him 14th in its latest mock draft.

His numbers won’t wow anybody but they were respectable, as the 18-year-old[2] averaged 15.9 points per 40 minutes on 61.8% true shooting and posted a 22.9 PER. His plus-12 box plus-minus ranked seventh in the country[3].

He isn’t much of a natural scorer or general offensive threat, logging just 18.3% usage in his 1,050 minutes last season and being assisted on 59.7% of his field-goals, with another 21 of his 62 unassisted field-goals coming on putbacks[4].

But he really shined on the other end. The combination of defensive versatility, athleticism and length should have a lot of scouts and coaches overlooking his unpolished offense, hoping they can eventually turn him into a two-way dynamo.

Smith has ideal size for a two-guard, carrying a 195-pound frame and sporting a six-foot-10 wingspan. He’s a freak athlete, who shines primarily on defense, showcasing the ability to guard multiple positions. I’m not sure he’s an elite isolation stopper, but he sure will be a pest for most guards at the next level.

His fundamentals are sound, getting into a low stance and possessing the first step quickness to stay in front of most guards and forwards. The length comes into play when Smith doesn’t have the speed to stay in front of someone, as you’ll see in the play below against Big 12 Player of the Year Devonte’ Graham. He gets beat on a spin move, but has the length and athleticism to recover, exploding off two feet in a pinch, despite being shifted side-to-side, to block the lay-up.

Smith on ball defense, beat on spin move a little, length to recover and block shot

Smith is good at getting through screens, aware of switches and capable communicating them to teammates. There were times where Texas Tech would have him guard two or three different types in a given possession.

But where he really pops for me as a defender is with his shot blocking. Smith has great awareness and timing, coming over from the weak-side often to help a teammate who has been beaten and then destroying whatever shot attempt gets thrown up, while also excelling as a transition defender, running down opposing players for highlight chase-down blocks – averaging 1.6 blocks per 40 minutes.

His pursuit of the ball with great effort is also something that impresses. His motor, combined with his length and instincts making plays in the passing lanes resulted in him averaging 1.5 steals per 40 minutes.

Smith monster block, two footed explosive jumper, good timing

Smith rundown block, effort length athleticism

Thanks to his solid individual defense and his ability to create events as a weak-side defender, Smith ranked second on the team among rotation players in defensive rating[5], while averaging 28.4 minutes per game on a team that finished fourth in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency[6].

Offensively, there is a lot left to be desired and developed for Smith, but being only 18 years old gives him plenty of time to work on the empty spaces in his repertoire. I don’t think he’s a natural scorer, a fluid shooter or very skilled at this point of his career, but he is still somewhat effective in a few areas.

His signature was to annihilate rims in collegiate arenas off of teammates’ missed shots, collecting 9.6% of Texas Tech’s misses when he was on the floor and finishing his 37 putback attempts at a 57.1% clip.

Again, you’re talking about a special athlete here, with great length. Smith’s a two-foot jumper who finishes above the rim with authority often. Most of his offense is created or manifested by his teammates, with 58.7% of his makes at the rim and 94.1% of his three-point makes assisted last season.

Still, the elite athleticism allows Smith to be productive, even without being an elite offensive talent. He is not yet an ambidextrous finisher and sometimes looks hesitant to attack the basket on catch-and-go’s but is an exceptional finisher in transition, on cuts sneaking behind the defense and on instances where he was given the chance to dive to the basket as the screener in the pick-and-roll – converting his 168 shots at the rim at a 64.9% clip.

Smith athleticism two footer jumper explodes bounce putback dunk

Smith bounce, alley oop off inbounds pass, two footed jump, head at if not above rim

He doesn’t have much polish yet as a scorer or playmaker; his handle is pretty limited as of now, his footwork is a bit sloppy and sometimes he gets stuck trying to create off the dribble. His mid-range game looks encouraging, despite the fact he nailed just 39.7% of his 63 two-point jumper due to the fact that most of the shots he takes coming off the dribble are forced.

Even on his makes, you can see that while the elevation he gets on his jumper is good, he’s just very mechanical as a shooter. Smith’s release is fundamentally sound but his wind up is long and his follow through isn’t consistent. He nailed 45% of his 40 three-point shots but at a pace of just 1.5 such attempts per 40 minutes.

But since shooting is arguably the most likely aspect of a skill-set to improve at the next level, some teams might overlook this about Smith’s game, especially considering he nailed 71.7% of his 127 foul shots, suggesting there is room for him to be expected to develop into at least an average open shot spot-up shooter.

Smith off dribble, tough finish-take, doesn't go up with left hand-forces it with the right

Smith FT line jumper, rawness offensively, picks up dribble, gets stuck a bit

Smith ? off dribble scoring ability, almost looking to get rid of it and pass ball, forces handoff, picks up dribble quickly

Overall, Smith is an extremely intriguing prospect and I do understand why so many scouts, executives and draftniks are very high on him. He’s oozing two-way ability with elite athleticism.

I think the best case scenario for him would be developing into a player like Andre Iguodala. His defensive versatility will allow teams to play him immediately if needed and the fact that he doesn’t need to have the ball means he can also probably produce for an NBA team right away. He could be that role player that could help sure up a fringe playoff team and add athleticism on the backend of their rotation to their roster.

Or he could even intrigue rebuilding teams, because of his immense two-way potential, though I don’t think Smith is an elite talent and I don’t think he will be a franchise changer for whatever team selects him come June. That doesn’t mean I don’t think he will be a productive player at the next level, as I think he’ll be a serviceable starter or a top role player for some team that already has the top of the pecking order figured out.

[1] According to 247 Sports

[2] DOB: 6/4/1999

[3] According to sports-reference

[4] According to hoop-math

[5] According to RealGM

[6] According to Ken Pomeroy

Editor’s Note: Evan Wheeler is a regular contributor to ‘Basketball Scouting’. More of his work can be found here or at Denver Sidekickswhere he is also a regular contributor. He can be followed on twitter as @EvzSports