Obadiah Toppin Scouting Report

Toppin logged 873 minutes for a Dayton team that won just 21 of its 33 games and got bounced in the first round of the NIT last season. But in that limited playing time, the six-foot-nine combo big got to show a number of impressive traits.

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Isaiah Stewart, II Scouting Report

Stewart is another prospect who looks ready for the pros right now from a physical profile-standpoint, measured at six-foot-eight without shoes with a seven-foot-four wingspan and weighed at 242 pounds in the Nike Hoop Summit.

His game is mostly built around strength and physicality on both ends but Stewart has shown a good deal of hops and skill as well.

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James Wiseman Scouting Report

Ranked as the number one prospect in the 2019 high school class, Wiseman is currently viewed as the number one overall prospect in next year’s draft as well.

Measured at six-foot-11 without shoes with a seven-foot-four wingspan and weighed at 247 pounds in the Memphis Pro Day, he looks ready to step into an NBA game right now, from a physical profile-standpoint.

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Vernon Carey, Jr. Scouting Report

CONTEXT

  • Ranked sixth in the 2019 high school class[1];
  • Turned 18 in February[2];
  • Measured at six-foot-nine without shoes[3] with a seven-foot-one wingspan at the Nike Hoop Summit[4] and currently listed at 270 pounds[5];
  • Profiles as a post-up shot creator and below the rim finisher out of the pick-and-roll on offense;
    • But seems to be trying to develop as more of a face-up driver and jump-shooter;
  • Uneven defender who is most effective closer to the rim but doesn’t really block shots or rebound in volume;
    • Hasn’t shown a lot of range defending out in space;
  • Averaged 19.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in 19 appearances with Nike Team Florida at the Nike EYBL circuit in the summer of 2018[6];
  • Ranked 28th on ESPN’s top 100 at the time of writing.

POST OFFENSE

  • Can get physical enough to leverage his strength into setting a deep seal when he puts his mind to it but has signaled that this is not really the way he prefers to play offense;
  • Creates separation for lefty hooks via power moves on occasion but not as often as his frame suggests he should;
  • Has shown more of a preference for facing up his man in the mid-post area and flashed decent footwork creating space for one-dribble pull-ups;
    • Step-back jumper;
    • Fake-spin one way and launch a turnaround fadeaway jumper turning the other.

FINISHING

  • Powerful leaper off two feet with time and space to load up;
  • Has not proven himself able to play above the rim as a target for lobs going up in traffic;
    • Slip screener who rarely rolls hard down the lane, showing more of a preference for popping into an open area for a jumper;
  • Soft touch on non-dunk finishes with his dominant left hand;
  • Iffy touch on non-dunk finishes with his right hand;
  • Works to set inside position in the offensive glass;
    • Tip-in threat but hasn’t yet shown a particularly impressive second jump.

FACING THE BASKET

  • Has shown decent ball skills and comfort handling it to grab-and-go off a defensive rebound and can take it end-to-end if left unchallenged;
    • Does not have enough dynamism to trigger offense in the half-court;
  • Has shown decent coordination driving on a straight line, not just attacking closeouts off a shot fake but out of ball reversals as well;
    • Doesn’t have an explosive first step to blow by his man and lacks shiftiness or dribble moves to shake him side-to-side;
    • Mixes in a well-coordinated spin move and a euro-step from time-to-time but mostly relies on ability to maintain his balance and his momentum forward through contact as a wrecking ball driver;
    • Averaged 7.2 free throws per game at the Nike EYBL circuit in the summer of 2018;
  • Doesn’t show a lot of explosiveness elevating off one foot in traffic regularly but has flashed the ability to euro-step into a dunk off momentum;
  • Can finish through contact and has flashed a few resources (lefty finger-roll and lefty floater off 1-2 footwork) to deal with a rim protector parked between him and the basket;
    • But doesn’t have enough body flexibility to hang or adjust his body mid-air;
  • Spaced out to the wing quite a bit in high school and even took a few three-pointers out of the pick-and-pop and joining the offense late in transition;
    • Fully extends himself for a high release;
    • Has somewhat fluid mechanics but needs time to set his feet and load his shot;
    • Hasn’t yet developed a quick enough trigger to take shots on the move regularly;
    • Nailed just 33.9% of his 56 three-point shots at the Nike EYBL circuit in the summer of 2018, at a pace of 2.9 such attempts per game.

DEFENSE

  • NSU University School asked him to go only towards the foul line and drop back against middle pick-and-rolls;
    • Doesn’t often put in a lot of hustle to contest pull-ups by the ball-handler;
  • Activity stepping up to the front of the rim as the last line of defense leaves something to be desired but can be effective challenging shots via verticality when he is well positioned;
    • Strong enough frame to absorb a hit and challenge a shot with his nine-foot standing reach;
    • Not an explosive enough leaper off two feet without time and space to load up to act as a constant shot blocking threat;
    • Blocked just 21 shots in 19 games at the Nike EYBL circuit in the summer of 2018;
  • Attentive to his boxout responsibilities and physical putting a body on whoever is close by but hasn’t impressed with his quickness chasing the ball off the rim;
  • Doesn’t seem able to bend his knees a whole lot to get down in a stance defending out in space;
    • Can keep pace with slower face-up big men/big wings one-on-one on straight line drives off a standstill but vulnerable to get blown by if forced to recover from a stunt and guard out on an island;
  • Slow on closeouts – sells out to run the shooter off his shot and exposes the defense behind him.

[1] According to ESPN

[2] DOB: 2/25/2001

[3] I still don’t understand what’s the point of measuring guys without shoes but that’s the standard the NBA adopts now, so from now on the focus will be on stating the players’ height without shoes

[4] According to The Stepien

[5] According to Duke’s official listing

[6] According to d1circuit.com

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

Usman Garuba Scouting Report

CONTEXT

  • Six-foot-eight big man viewed as the next teenage phenom coming out of Europe;
  • Currently the second-ranked prospect with European ties, among those born in 2002[1];
  • Turned 17 in March[2];
  • As previously written about, played a key role in the dominant year Real Madrid’s junior squad had last season;
  • Madrid native who has already logged 71 minutes with Real Madrid’s senior team in the Spanish ACB so far this season;
  • Played a key role in the Spanish National Team’s title-winning campaign at the U18 European Championships in Volos;
    • Statistical profile in that event: 33.2 PER, 22.5 points per 40 minutes on 21.1 live-ball attempts per 40 minutes and 4.8 foul shots per 40 minutes, 48% effective shooting on 28.4% usage rate, 31.2% defensive rebounding rate, 17.1% offensive rebounding rate, 16.3% assist rate, 3.1 blocks per 40 minutes, 2.3 steals per 40 minutes in 193 minutes[3];
  • Got quite a lot of his offense from the low post but also a fair amount as the roller in pick-and-roll, impressing with the versatility of his screening at such a young age;
    • Spaced out to the three-point line only on occasion and has a shooting stroke that seems viable, but the ball doesn’t go in yet;
  • Was asked to venture above the foul line in pick-and-roll defense and proved himself capable of impacting the ball handler in a multitude of ways: contesting pull-ups effectively, playing with active hands to go for strips on the ball, stopping the ball on dropbacks and switching on occasion;
    • Exceled as a help defender and dominated the defensive glass too;
    • Ranked second in the tournament in defensive rating.

OFFENSE

  • Has a fairly diverse arsenal of moves operating with his back to the basket for someone his age;
    • Has a 229-pound frame[4] to set a deep seal consistently within his age group;
    • Can create separation with a couple of bumps, has good coordination and shows nice touch on hiked-leg turnaround fadeaway jumpers off the defender’s right shoulder;
    • Unleashed some power moves to back his way into short toss-ins against opponents too overwhelmed by his size and physicality;
    • Showed some enticing footwork and dexterity while drop-stepping into shot-fakes or head-fakes to get his defender out of position;
    • Flashed decent feel for double teams coming off the blindside and has the court vision to hit shooters drifting around the opposite wing;
    • Prone to moving his pivot foot quite a bit and struggles with the touch in his deliveries at times – averaged 3.5 turnovers per 40 minutes in Volos;
  • Very good screener for someone his age;
    • Widens his stance to draw contact in an attempt to disrupt the on-ball defender and free up the ball-handler;
    • Re-screens;
    • Mixes in slip-screens against opponents overcommitting on blitzes or hard hedges;
    • Hustles as a weakside screener, setting moving picks to free up shooters sprinting around the side of the floor;
  • Showed some versatility as a rim roller as well, proving himself capable of scoring on more than just basic catch-and-finish’s, but struggled with his efficiency and his tendency of turning the ball over;
    • Can play above the rim as a target for lobs sneaking behind the defense;
    • Has good hands to catch the ball on the move diving down the middle and can go up powerfully off two feet with a little bit of room to load up but struggled with his touch on non-dunk finishes;
    • Flashed an impressive combination of body control, coordination and agility handling traffic between him and the basket –rolling into quick post-ups, rolling into spin moves and passing out of short rolls;
    • Has enough of a handle and coordination to catch the ball around the foul line area and go around slower defenders on straight line drives;
    • Showed glimpses of advanced footwork on drives in traffic, euro-stepping and spinning into shot-fakes or head-fakes, but struggled a little bit to play through contact and was prone to having the ball stripped of him in a crowd;
    • Showcased a right-handed scoop finish to score with a rim protector parked between him and the goal but didn’t show enough body flexibility to complete reverses or explosiveness elevating off one foot with the ball in tow and generally struggled with his touch on non-dunk finishes;
    • Posted a disappointing 22.5% free throw rate for someone who got up as many shots as he did, most of them within close range;
  • Active and effective in the offensive glass;
    • Worked to get inside position;
    • Had a very clear edge in quickness reacting to the ball off the rim and going up off the ground within his age group;
  • Spaced out to the perimeter only on occasion, taking just eight three-point shots in 193 minutes in Volos;
    • Shooting stroke seems viable, though he needs to be wide open to get through his motion;
    • Fully extends himself for a high release and tends to get a decent arc on his shot;
    • Questionable if he has the touch to be expected to develop into a more real floor-spacer in the near future – missed 52.2% of his 23 free throws in the tournament;
  • Has enough ball skills and coordination to grab-and-go off a defensive rebound and take it end-to-end on a slow break if left unchallenged, even flashing some dexterity on drop-offs.

DEFENSE

  • Was asked to extend pick-and-roll coverage above the foul line on hard shows and proved himself capable of disrupting it in different ways;
    • Bends his knees to get down in a stance;
    • Nimble, coordinated and agile moving sideways and backpedaling fluidly to stop the ball out in space;
    • Played with active hands going for strips on the ball;
    • Leveraged his length into getting deflections and picking up steals challenging feeds to the roll man;
    • Can keep pace with smaller players on straight line drives and block shots defending on the ball;
    • Picked up smaller players on switches from time-to-time and had the lateral quickness to stay in front of these players out on an island;
  • Excelled as a help defender as well;
    • Plays with good activity and intensity coming across the lane on longer rotations;
    • Attentive to his responsibilities stepping up to the front of the rim as the last line of defense;
    • Flashed very good awareness making preemptive rotations that intimidated the ball handler from driving to the rim;
    • Despite good energy, constant involvement in contact plays and making common teenage mistakes such as biting on shot fakes from time-to-time, was not foul prone – averaged just 2.5 personal fouls per 40 minutes;
  • Dominated the defensive glass with physical boxouts and quickness chasing the ball off the rim – ranking third in the tournament in defensive rebounding rate;
  • Played surprisingly soft post defense but was still effective guarding with his arms up near the basket, which discouraged some opponents from trying to finish over him;
  • Played very poor weakside defense on the perimeter, either not closing out at all or getting blown by on half-assed closeouts.

[1] According to Eurospects

[2] DOB: 3/9/2002

[3] According to RealGM

[4] According to Real Madrid’s website

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

Emoni Bates Scouting Report

CONTEXT

  • Top-ranked prospect in the 2022 high school class[1];
  • Projected to be the first prospect drafted straight out of graduating high school, without the need to take a fake internship or a post-graduate year to enter the NBA without going to college or signing outside the United States, with the league expected to go back to the old rules in 2022;
  • Turned 15 in January[2];
  • Measured at six-foot-eight with a six-foot-nine wingspan and weighed in at 165 pounds at the Nike Elite 100 camp last month[3];
    • Broad shoulders suggest his frame should fill up in time;
  • Ball-dominant wing who plays more of an isolation-oriented game in AAU, while mixing in a few post-ups, some work in pick-and-roll and spotting up away from the ball a little bit in high school;
  • Uneven defender, as common with young teenagers – when engaged, can make a difference reaching around for strips on the ball, jumping passing lanes and walling off the front of the rim in rotation but doesn’t play with that sort of intensity regularly and is not a dominant figure on this end;
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan native who led Ypsilanti Lincoln High School to a state championship in his freshman year of high school last season;
  • Averaged 32.3 points per game on 54.5% shooting at the Nike Peach Jam last month[4] but BATES Fundamentals, coached by his father, lost in the first round of the elimination stage in the E15 division.

SHOOTING

  • Gunner who takes any opportunity he can get to launch a long bomb – at times pulling up from way past NBA range;
  • Hasn’t yet developed wide step-backs and side-steps that you are used to seeing from elite isolation gunners like James Harden and Luka Doncic, which could eventually make his pull-ups nearly uncontestable, but already has a deep arsenal of resources to get his shot off one-on-one;
    • Loves to go between the legs into a stop-and-pop three-pointer but also launches jumpers off hang dribbles, step-throughs, pull-backs, spin moves, jab-steps;
  • Sets an unorthodox base, bringing his knees closer together than you are used to seeing, and has a low release out in front but gets a good deal of elevation for someone who stands at six-foot-eight to get his shot off comfortably over every single defender within his age group;
  • Does shot prep with 1-2 footwork on catch-and-shoot’s and has good fluidity in his release, despite needing to take a pronounced dip for rhythm, with a quick trigger for someone his height thanks to compact mechanics;
    • Besides spot-ups, took a few shots on the move off relocating around the wing to offer his teammates a clearer passing lane but hasn’t yet shown what sort of versatility he has in his release – rarely coming off screens or working as the screener in pick-and-pop;
  • Showed glimpses of having a knack for getting to his spots in pick-and-roll;
  • Posts up smaller matchups from time-to-time and as he lacks the combination of strength and physicality to get a deep seal regularly, got pushed out further away from the mid-post often and showed to be more comfortable letting it happen, so he could face-up;
    • Hasn’t yet developed a patient approach operating with his back to the basket or any post moves to try getting his defender out of position prior to getting his shot off;
    • Mostly just faces up and shoots over the top;
    • Flashed a turnaround fadeaway jumper off a hiked leg.

FINISHING

  • Very comfortable on grab-and-go’s off a defensive rebound and can take it end-to-end or slow transition into an isolation but rarely triggers offense that involves his teammates;
  • Doesn’t have a quick first step out of a standstill position to blow by his man on speed but can maintain his balance and his momentum forward through contact well enough against his age group, mixing in a well-coordinated spin move to gain momentum into the lane from time-to-time;
  • Flashed a good feel for declining the ball-screen and an in-and-out dribble to manipulate his man into it operating in middle high pick-and-roll;
  • Explosive leaper off one foot in space but most often looks to gallop into two-foot leaps in traffic;
  • Flashed some flexibility to adjust his body in the air with a rim protector parked between him and the basket but has so far shown to be a basic finisher who looks for speed layups for the most part;
    • That said, hasn’t gotten all that many opportunities to show if he has any versatility to his finishing package because he lives at the foul line playing against his age group – despite his thin frame, his style of play invites plenty of contact as he drives;
  • Has shown a good deal of dexterity on floaters with either hand off 1-2 footwork, euro-steps and spin moves – missing only a floater off a jump-stop to complete his tear-drop package;
  • Can play above the rim as a target for lobs sneaking behind the defense but doesn’t get many alley-oop opportunities with the teams he plays with;
  • Occasional put-back threat but not tenacious enough to get several of those a game.

PASSING

  • Flashed some appealing court vision hitting the weakside corner over the top in pick-and-roll and off drawing two to the ball in isolation – height allows him to see over traffic;
  • Showed glimpses of being able to hit the stretch big over the top with good rhythm operating in pick-and-pop;
  • Willing to throw outlet passes if a teammate manages to leak out;
  • A bit of a reckless passer going for style plays at times.

DEFENSE

  • Played a role as more of a weakside defender with both BATES Fundamentals and Ypsilanti Lincoln High School, though he logged some time at center during the state championship game against Detroit Jesuit;
  • Edge in height and length was enough for him to discourage opponents from pulling the trigger with his so-so closeouts but got blown by often as those opponents put the ball on the floor;
  • Prone to ball watching and giving up a backdoor cut from time-to-time;
  • Showed flashes of activity rotating in to block shots from behind;
  • Was diligent with his responsibilities stepping up to the front of the rim as the last line of defense – didn’t really explode off the ground to block shots or challenge them via verticality in volume but guards with his arms up near the rim, with those wall-offs good enough to make a difference within his age group;
  • Flashed some advanced position defense stopping the ball in pick-and-roll defense as a big on a show-and-recover;
  • Does not boxout – solely relying on his ability to rebound outside of his area to make plays on the glass;
  • Not a stout post defender but guards with his arms up, which tends to be enough to discourage opponents from trying to shoot over him;
  • Can jump a passing lane but doesn’t really play with the sort of energy to fly around and act as a dominant force on defense;
  • Attentive to his responsibilities switching on the fly and picked up shiftier ball handlers on occasion;
    • Gets down in a stance often but at times hunches down rather than bends his knees;
    • When engaged, showed some decent side-to-side mobility to keep pace one-on-one and quick reactions to leverage his length into reaching around for strips or blocking shots defending on the ball;
    • For the most part, didn’t stay in front of out in space but proved himself capable of staying attached and flashed some impressive hustle bothering from the side when he got beat;
    • Not built to slide around screens, neither at the point of attack nor chasing moving shooters around the floor.

[1] According to ESPN

[2] DOB: 1/28/2004

[3] According to Rivals

[4] According to d1circuit.com

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

Ousmane Dieng Scouting Report

CONTEXT

  • Six-foot-seven French wing currently being developed within INSEP’s system;
  • Turned 16 last May[1];
  • Drew interest with his appearance at the FIBA U16 European Championship earlier this month, where France placed second;
    • Statistical profile in that event: 18.6 PER, 15.9 points per 40 minutes on 42.5% effective shooting, 29% assist rate, 4.1 turnovers per 40 minutes, 11.3% defensive rebounding rate[2];
  • Got a lot of opportunities to create shots against a set defense, most often acting as the team’s primary escape valve late in the shot clock;
    • Logged 23.5% usage rate;
    • His shooting percentages were bad, but his shooting stroke looked great and suggests there is a chance of him developing into a high-caliber shooter in a role as more of a floor-spacer;
    • His work in pick-and-roll was promising but lack of dexterity and explosiveness at the rim limits his potential in that role for now;
    • Proved himself a willing shot creator for others but shouldn’t be considered as a great passer just yet;
  • Did well as a weakside defender by executing the scheme but didn’t play with regular intensity as an individual defender on the ball or flying around to create events away from it.

SHOOTING

  • Shooting stroke looks great for someone aged 16: fluid mechanics, dips for rhythm, fully extends himself for a high release, pulls the trigger quickly;
  • Efficiency isn’t there yet: nailed just 32.4% of his 34 three-point shots at the U16 European Championship, at a pace of 8.7 such attempts per 40 minutes;
  • Besides basic spot-ups, took some shots off the catch on the move as well, by relocating around the perimeter to get open;
  • A chunk of his looks materialized via pull-ups;
    • Has a knack for getting to his spots in pick-and-roll, especially by showing a good feel for using re-screens;
    • Showed an appealing combination of handle and rhythm to create separation to get his shots off in isolation: crossover into step-back pull-up and going behind the back into step-back pull-up;
    • Adept at shot-faking to try baiting the defender into leaving his feet or destabilizing him just enough to create space for a short-range jumper;

FINISHING

  • Has a thin frame for someone his height and is only so-so at playing through contact at this point of his physical development;
  • Got downhill in pick-and-roll some but didn’t attack the lane all that often;
  • Has good court vision in terms of not insisting on drives when the path to the goal isn’t apparent and rarely drove into crowds;
    • On the other hand, didn’t show good speed with the ball when he did turn the corner;
  • Tucks the ball to protect it in traffic;
  • Showed no floater to act as a scoring threat from the in-between area;
  • Didn’t attack the basket with power and didn’t show a particularly diverse finishing package to deal with a rim protector parked between him and the goal;
    • Showed just 34.6% on 26 two-point attempts in the tournament;
    • Earned just 3.6 foul shots per 40 minutes.

PASSING

  • Assisted on 29% of France’s scores when he was on the floor but at a low 1.56-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio;
  • Most of his assists materialized of him being a willing passer on drop-offs and kickouts to the strongside off drawing two to the ball;
  • Plays with a nice rhythm in pick-and-roll, which afforded him opportunities to deliver some neat passes on delayed reads: hitting the dive man over the top on a slower-developing roll off a shot-fake, jump-passing back to the stretch big in pick-and-pop and flashing the ability to make a pass over the top to the opposite end.

DEFENSE

  • Impressed with his hustle in transition;
  • Executed the scheme pretty well as a weakside defender;
    • Rotated in to pick up the roll man and leveraged his length into deflecting some passes from the side;
    • Disciplined, consistently aware not to help off the strongside – averaged 1.5 steals per 40 minutes;
    • Stepped up to help crowd the area near the basket on rotations off the weakside – not an explosive leaper to act as a shot blocking threat but guards with his arms up to challenging via walling off;
    • Shows good awareness making preventive rotations to take away a clean path to the basket when he was the lowest defender;
  • Bends his knees to get down in a stance and put together a few possessions heating up opposing ball handlers somewhat impressively but doesn’t often play with that sort of intensity;
    • When engaged, has enough lateral slides to stay in front out in space and leverages his length to contest shots effectively but can’t contain dribble penetration through contact;
  • Doesn’t go over picks at the point of attack quickly enough to be considered an option to crossmatch or switch onto smaller players;
  • So-so discipline on closeouts: at times sells out to run the shooter off his shot and gives up a clean path to the middle, at times showed great body control to contest catch-and-shoot’s effectively without crashing into the shooter;
  • Played solid post defense against similarly sized wings;
  • Diligent boxing out whoever was closed by but wasn’t of much help going after the ball whenever others did the dirty work;
    • Collected just 11.3% of opponents’ misses when he was on the floor.

[1] DOB: 5/21/2003

[2] According to RealGM

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