Wendell Carter, Jr. Scouting Report

CONTEXT

  • Had a great year. If not for Marvin Bagley III on the same team taking away the spotlight, would probably be even more highly touted by now.
  • Has the physical profile (six-foot-10, 259 pounds[1]) of a pure center in a time where pure centers are devalued but showed the skill he was previously known for and surprised with his nimbleness out in space.
  • Has a good deal of high level experience for a just-turned 19-year-old[2]:
    • 997 NCAA minutes with Duke;
    • 206 minutes defending the United States National Team at the 2015 U16 FIBA Americas and 2016 U17 FIBA World Cup;
    • 82 minutes at the 2016 adidas Nations;
    • An appearance at the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit.
  • Averaged 20.2 points per 40 minutes[3] on 62.8% true shooting and compiled a 26.3 PER in 37 appearances last season[4].
  • Duke played the 15th-toughest schedule in the country[5] and had a +33.3 pace-adjusted point differential with him on the floor, which was the best net rating on the team among rotation players[6].
  • Played primarily center, though shared the court with Marques Bolden some.
    • Got most of his touches in the post.
    • Didn’t roll hard often but flashed a catch-and-shoot three-pointer out of the pick-and-pop.
    • Guarded pick-and-rolls mostly below the foul line during the first half of the season.
    • Defended the front of the basket when Duke went to a full time zone during the conference part of the schedule.

OFFENSE

  • Advanced post game for someone his age:
      • Power moves;
      • Head fakes;
      • Shot fakes;
      • Fake pivot move;
      • Pivot move to pass;
      • Turnaround, fadeaway jumper;
      • Most often looking for right handed hook but has a counter finishing with his off hand;
      • Struggled with touch during the second half of the season.
        • Shot 36.8% on 95 two-point attempts away from the basket[7].
      • Decent passer out of hard double teams with good court vision but not some exceptional passer and turned it over a displeasing amount;
        • Assisted on 12.9% of Duke’s scores when he was on the floor.
        • Averaged three turnovers per 40 minutes while logging 22.6% usage rate.
      • Prefers to rely on skill but doesn’t shy away from contact;
        • Averaged 6.8 foul shots per 40 minutes.
    • Didn’t roll hard to the basket often out of setting ball-screens:
      • Part of the problem was Bagley, III not always spacing out to the three-point line and Trevon Duval being a poor shooter but part of it was due to lack of explosiveness;
      • Can play above the rim as a target for lobs in transition and sneaking behind the defense with time to load up but can’t go up strong off two feet in traffic;
      • Proved to be coordinated enough for instances where he needed to catch, take a dribble for balance and go up for a finish with a defender between him and the basket;
      • Has decent touch on non-dunk finishes;
        • Shot 70.2% on 178 attempts at the rim.
    • Only a capable open shot shooter at this point of his development:
      • Fluidity of release improved the second half of the season, though it remains not quick enough to get a good look off when rushed by a closeout or over a contest;
      • Flashed quick shots out of the pick-and-pop and out of roll-and-replace but most suited for spot-ups as of now;
      • Touch was OK, though it can certainly improve;
        • Shot 73.8% on 168 free throws.
      • Shooting percentage indicates he certainly can become a real asset as a floor-spacer down the line but was not perfectly reflective of how real a long range shooter he is right now, as most of his misses were considerably short;
        • Nailed 41.3% of his 46 three-point shots, but at a pace of just 1.9 such attempts per 40 minutes.
    • Doesn’t play with a particularly impressive motor or toughness disentangling himself from boxouts but was pretty effective crashing the offensive glass.
      • Has a seven-foot-four wingspan[8] to rebound outside of his area.
        • Collected 12.7% of Duke’s misses when he was on the floor.
      • Decent second jump fighting for tip-ins.
        • Shot 75% on his 41 putbacks attempts.
    • Flashed a dribble drive from the elbow down, lacking an explosive first step but able to maintain his balance through contact, but isn’t suited to attack closeouts and hasn’t yet develop an in between game in terms of stop-and-pop jumpers, step-back jumpers, running floaters or floaters off jump-stops.

DEFENSE

  • Effective rim protector when he was able to hang back and patrol the lane, which was less challenging for him to do once Duke installed a full time zone:
    • Has decent short area lateral quickness;
    • Was proactive stepping up the front of the basket as the last line of defense;
    • Not an explosive leaper off two feet in a pinch but acted as a shot blocking threat thanks to his nine-foot-one standing reach.
      • Averaged 3.1 blocks per 40 minutes.
    • Challenged shots via verticality very well. Has a thick frame some guards will just bounce back off on impact, though at a risk of getting into foul trouble;
      • Averaged 4.2 personal fouls per 40 minutes.
    • Proved himself a willing charge drawer;
    • Was able to stick with ball handlers from the foul line down in college;
    • When he had less ground to cover, developed some awareness shadowing isolations and making preventive rotations that kept the dribble driver from getting all the way to the rim, which he didn’t show earlier in the year when Duke was guarding man-to-man.
  • When forced to guard out in space, flashed some decent nimbleness but doesn’t figure to be suited to venture far away from the basket in the pros.
    • Was able to influence ball handlers on hedges but can’t hustle back to contest effectively at the rim.
    • Unclear how well he can keep action in front if asked to show hard at the three-point line.
    • Can bend his knees to get down in a stance some and keep pace on straight line drives in a few matchups but isn’t agile enough to stay in front of shifty types.
  • Used his length some to get into passing lanes, though nothing at a difference making level.
    • Averaged 1.2 steals per 40 minutes.
  • Stout post defender.
  • Was attentive to his boxout responsibilities but not exceptionally quick chasing the ball off the rim.
    • Collected 23.1% of opponents’ misses when he was on the floor.
  • Had the best defensive rating among rotation players on a team that ended up ranked ninth in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency.

[1] According to Duke’s official listing

[2] DOB: 4/16/1999

[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 measurements at this year’s NBA 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

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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

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

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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Dusan Ristic Scouting Report

CONTEXT

  • Dusan Ristic is a very experienced 22-year-old[1]:
    • 2,640 minutes over four seasons of college basketball experience at Arizona;
    • 55 minutes at the 2018 Portsmouth Invitational;
    • 403 minutes defending the Serbian National Team at the 2010 and 2011 U16 FIBA European Championships and 2012 U18 FIBA European Championships;
    • 134 minutes defending the Serbian National Team at the 2012 Albert Schweitzer Tournament;
    • 271 minutes with FMP Beograd in the Serbian League in the 2012-2013 season;
    • 39 minutes in the Adriatic League and 8 minutes in the EuroLeague with Red Star in the 2013-2014 season.
  • Most recently, the seven-foot center averaged 18 points per 40 minutes[2] on 60.6% true shooting and compiled a 20.0 PER in 35 appearances last season[3].
  • Arizona played the 68th-toughest schedule in the country[4] and had a +18.8 pace-adjusted point differential in Ristic’s 949 minutes[5].
  • The Serbian got a fair amount of touches in the post and out of ball-screens but was not the priority on offense, logging 21.4% usage rate. He tried to expand his skill-set to accommodate Deandre Ayton by spacing the floor out to the three-point line more proactively this past season but hasn’t yet developed into a real threat from long range.
  • On the other end, Ristic was a so-so rim protector at best in college and doesn’t figure to be particularly impactful in the pros unless he becomes the sort of quick thinking help defender who anticipates rotations, which he has flashed in bits and pieces. He is also not built to extend pick-and-roll coverage above the foul line or pick up smaller players on switches.
    • He averaged 27.1 minutes per game on a team that ranked 255th in opponents’ shooting percentage at the rim, as they converted 62.3% within close range[6].

OFFENSE

  • Ristic uses the strength in his 245-pound frame[7] to get a good seal in the post.
  • He has a patient approach in the post and though he had a strength advantage to knock back his defender on most nights, Ristic liked to rely on shot fakes and fake pivots to work him out of position. He can also launch turnaround hooks with either hand and even flashed a turnaround fade-away jumper from time-to-time. His touch is decent.
    • Ristic hit 54.3% of his 175 two-point shots away from the basket last season[8].
  • He struggled feeling double teams and didn’t show dexterity opting out of the post-up into an escape dribble.
    • Two turnovers per 40 minutes.
  • He never showed particularly impressive instincts passing out of the low post, though it’s fair to point out Arizona didn’t space the floor well enough to encourage diagonal cuts.
    • 6.4% assist rate last season.
  • Ristic is a decent screener who looks to draw contact and influence the on-ball defender but can’t roll hard down the lane or play above the rim as a target for lobs and needs to catch, gather and load up to elevate for power finishes. He’s proven to be a capable scorer at rim level but often struggles with his touch on non-dunk finishes in traffic.
    • 62.6% clip on 123 shots at the rim last season, which is somewhat underwhelming for a seven-footer.
    • As is, he’s often better served rolling into post-ups, which he does quite a bit.
  • Ristic is not a high leaper and doesn’t play with a high motor but is a tough body to boxout and has enough length to rebound outside of his area. He lacks a quick second jump to translate these second chances into immediate scores regularly.
    • 10.1% offensive rebounding rate.
    • 60% shooting on 26 putback attempts.
  • Ristic has a taken a few catch-and-shoot jumpers out of the pick-and-pop. He is more capable from mid-range than three-point range but ultimately doesn’t yet have a dynamic enough release for these types of shots from either range.
  • As a spot-up shooter, Ristic can make the eventual open shot with plenty of time to load up. He has compact mechanics and gets good arc on his jumper but shows a slow release.
    • He nailed 14 of his 30 three-point shots over his four years at Arizona.
    • He hit 69.8% of his 285 free throws during his college career but has shown noticeable improvement in his touch over time, converting 77.7% of his 162 foul shots over the last two seasons.
  • Ristic can hit backdoor cutters on pre-arranged reads and aid the shot creators on dribble hand-offs.

DEFENSE

  • Ristic has better side-to-side movement than expected but isn’t suited to extend pick-and-roll coverage above the foul line.
    • He showed some nimbleness hedging and hustling back to his man in a timely manner in college but ultimately figures to be exposed in the pros.
  • He is not an option to pick up smaller players on switches.
  • He is also unable to closeout to the three-point line in the pick-and-pop.
  • Ristic has flashed some reading skills anticipating rotations to prevent the dribble penetrator from getting all the way to the rim.
  • He is not an easy leaper off two feet but put in the effort to challenge shots via verticality.
    • Just one block per 40 minutes over his time at Arizona.
  • Ristic didn’t use his length to cut off bounce passes and passes over the top around his general area. And though a stout post defender, he doesn’t play with active hands searching for strips.
    • Just 0.5 steal per 40 minutes in college.
  • Ristic is attentive to his boxout responsibilities but isn’t quick reacting to the ball off the rim.
    • He collected just 20.7% of opponents’ misses when he was on the floor last season.

[1] DOB: 11/27/1995

[2] According to sports-reference

[3] According to RealGM

[4] According to Ken Pomeroy

[5] According to RealGM

[6] According to hoop-math

[7] According to Arizona’s official listing

[8] According to hoop-math

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

Allonzo Trier Scouting Report

CONTEXT

  • Allonzo Trier was the 18th-ranked prospect in the 2015 high school class[1].
  • In three seasons at Arizona, the six-foot-five wing accumulated 2,456 minutes of college basketball experience.
    • Other than that, he has 139 minutes at the 2013 and 2014 Nike Global Challenge and 182 minutes defending the United States National Team at the 2014 U18 FIBA Americas and 2015 U19 FIBA World Cup[2].
  • Most recently, he averaged 21.3 points per 40 minutes[3] on 65.6% true shooting and compiled a 21.1 PER in 33 appearances last season.
  • Arizona played only the 68th-toughest schedule in the country[4] and had a +22.7 pace-adjusted point differential in Trier’s 1,124 minutes[5].
  • The 22-year-old[6] had a lot of shot creation responsibility against a set defense, not just running point when Parker Jackson-Cartwright subbed out but as the most capable dribble penetrator on the team even with the diminutive lead guard in the game.
    • Trier logged 23.8% usage rate and assisted on 17.3% of Arizona’s scores when he was on the floor last season.
    • He was assisted on just 36.4% of his 184 field-goals[7].
    • His 129 offensive rating was far better than the team’s overall 114.7.
  • On the other end, the Findlay Prep product put in decent effort in individual defense and proved he is able to execute the scheme but doesn’t have enough athleticism to make a real positive contribution and isn’t instinctive enough to create events in volume.
    • He had the third worst defensive rating on the team among rotation players and Arizona defended better without him on the floor.

OFFENSE

  • The Seattle native doesn’t have an explosive first step and isn’t very fast with the ball. He is also not very shifty side-to-side. But he has proven to be very resourceful off the dribble, getting by his man or creating separation on craft.
  • He has an in-and-out dribble, hesitation moves and an euro-step to get his man off balance and maneuver his way through traffic. When he ran point and was guarded by smaller players, Trier also relied on his well-distributed 205-pound frame[8] to maintain his balance through contact.
  • He flashed some explosive leaping ability off one foot sprinting up the court to fill the lane in transition but isn’t able to go up strong in the half-court often, acting mostly as a rim level finisher. A good one at that, though. Trier has shown to be an ambidextrous finisher and able to adjust his body in the air for acrobatic finishes around rim protectors.
    • Trier finished his 99 shots at the rim at a 75.8% clip.
    • He didn’t put a ton of pressure at the rim last season, taking just 26.9% of his shots within close range and earning 6.6 foul shots per 40 minutes, due to Arizona’s poor spacing. The year before, with Lauri Markkanen opening the lane, Trier took 30.8% of his shots at the basket and averaged 8.1 free throws per 40 minutes.
  • Operating in middle high pick-and-roll:
    • He flashed a hesitation move to get into the lane but for the most part showed a strong preference for setting up step-back and side-step pull-ups, not just from the elbow area but also proving he’s able to make jumpers off the dribble from long range;
      • 40% of his three-point makes were unassisted.
      • Trier shot 45.9% on 85 shots from mid-range, with just one of his 39 makes from this zone assisted.
    • He doesn’t have advanced court vision in terms of tying up the help defense and tossing up lobs in traffic or making passes across his body to the opposite end of the floor but showed improvement year over year and is now a decent simple passer off the ball screen, able to deliver the pass over the top to the roll man and the skip pass in the pick-and-pop;
      • His assist rate went from 7.7% in year one through 16.2% in year two to 17.3% in year three.
    • He keeps his dribble alive against blitzes and looks to protect the ball in traffic.
      • His average of 2.5 turnovers per 40 minutes is not great but not that crippling for someone who was tasked with creating on the ball as much as he was.
    • Trier doesn’t offer a lot of versatility as a shooter, other than the eventual one-dribble elbow pull-up off a dribble hand-off. But he has evolved into a very solid spot-up gunner.
      • Trier gets little elevation, has a pronounced dip for rhythm and releases out in front but managed to get good arc on his shot and launch over closeouts comfortably in college. He still has room to work on the speed and fluidity of his release to be as effective in the pros, though.
      • Trier nailed 38% of his 184 three-point shots last season, at a pace of 6.5 such attempts per 40 minutes. He hit 37.8% of his 381 three-point attempts and 82.7% of his 446 free throws over his time at Arizona.

DEFENSE

  • Trier bends his knees to get down in a stance in one-on-one defense and can shuffle his feet laterally for two or three slides to stay in front for the initial push. But he doesn’t use his strength to contain dribble penetration through contact and eventually gets beaten if help isn’t shadowing the isolation close by.
  • Off ball, Trier can be caught ball watching from time-to-time, isn’t agile enough to chase shooters off screens and his closeouts are either weak or he flies by and exposes the defense behind him. He has a below average six-foot-six wingspan[9], lacking great length to make plays in the passing lanes often.
    • He averaged just 0.7 steals per 40 minutes last season.
  • Trier executes the scheme as a weak-side defender, stunting inside to clog driving lanes and rotating in to help crowd the area near the basket. He doesn’t have explosive leaping ability or the length to aid the rim protection effort.
  • Trier doesn’t offer versatility picking up different types of players on switches:
    • He is unable to get skinny navigating over screens at the point of attack and lacks agility to hustle back to his man in an attempt to bother or actively challenge the ball handler from behind;
    • He is not bulky, lengthy or tenacious enough to guard bigger players in the post or box them out.
  • His contribution on the defensive glass was below average.
    • He collected just 9% of opponents’ misses when he was on the floor last season and that rate was 11.8% over his three seasons in Tucson.

[1] According to ESPN

[2] According to RealGM

[3] According to sports-reference

[4] According to Ken Pomeroy

[5] According to RealGM

[6] DOB: 1/17/1996

[7] According to hoop-math

[8] According to Arizona’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

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