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Prospect Report: Keon Johnson Of Tennessee

by Rafael Uehara

Jul 22, 2021 5:34 PM

The appeal with Keon Johnson is as a tenacious on-ball defender who can envelope smaller point guards at the point of attack and elevate the level of the offense in transition, while holding some potential to become more physical by his late-20s. Read more »

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Prospect Report: Franz Wagner Of Michigan

by Rafael Uehara

Jul 19, 2021 10:17 AM

The appeal with Franz Wagner as a potential 3&D wing who can check scoring threats that look to create separation via craft or quickness and elevate the level of the defense around him in help. Read more »

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Prospect Report: Davion Mitchell Of Baylor

by Rafael Uehara

Jul 17, 2021 4:08 PM

Davion Mitchell was arguably the best player on what ended up being the best team in college basketball, shot well from all over the floor (except the foul line), and improved his assist-to-turnover ratio substantially. Read more »

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Prospect Report: Scottie Barnes Of Florida State

by Rafael Uehara

The appeal with Scottie Barnes is the idea of someone his size with his length being capable of guarding every single position across the perimeter and maybe even spending some time at center on occasion, while running point on the other end. Read more »
Prospect Report: Jonathan Kuminga Of The G League Ignite

by Rafael Uehara

Jonathan Kuminga's number one appeal to teams is his combination of age, physical profile, and pedigree as a scorer at the youth level. Read more »
Prospect Report: Jalen Green Of The G League Ignite

by Rafael Uehara

Jalen Green is one of the best scorers in the draft with two-way potential and will be a case study either way for his newly created path to the NBA. Read more »
Prospect Report: Jalen Suggs Of Gonzaga

by Rafael Uehara

Jalen Suggs is one of the best all-around prospects at the top of the draft though he certainly can improve his passing, perimeter shooting and on-ball defense. Read more »
2021 NBA Draft Prospect Report: Evan Mobley Of USC

by Rafael Uehara

For as skilled and capable with the ball as he is on offense, Evan Mobley might be even more special and a perfect fit for this era on defense. Read more »
2021 NBA Draft Prospect Report: Cade Cunningham Of Oklahoma State

by Rafael Uehara

With his size, passing and scoring, Cade Cunningham is considered the crown jewel of the highly rated 2021 draft class. Read more »
2020 NBA Draft: Top-5 Bigs

by Rafael Uehara

On James Wiseman, Onyeka Okongwu, Obi Toppin, Precious Achiuwa and Jalen Smith. Read more »
2020 NBA Draft: Top-10 Wings

by Rafael Uehara

The group of wings in this class is not that bad, as long as you are fully aware of what you're getting and adjust your expectations to what could be reasonably expected of them. Read more »
2020 NBA Draft: Top-10 Point Guards

by Rafael Uehara

Breaking down LaMelo Ball, Tyrese Haliburton, Killian Hayes, RJ Hampton, Cole Anthony, Kira Lewis Jr., Nico Mannion and the other top point guard prospects of the class. Read more »
Prospect Report: Killian Hayes Of Ratiopharm Ulm

by Rafael Uehara

Killian Hayes turned himself into a remarkable passer and established himself as one of the best shot creators for others in this draft class with good size at the point guard position. Read more »
Prospect Report: Anthony Edwards Of Georgia

by Rafael Uehara

Anthony Edwards established himself as the sort of volume shot creator NBA teams usually seek at the top of the draft. Read more »
Prospect Report: Deni Avdija Of Maccabi Tel Aviv

by Rafael Uehara

Deni Avdija looks the part for what the NBA looks for in a combo forward these days and there's plenty of video available of him in various contexts to be certain that he knows how to play. That has been enough for him to solidify his status as a top-five prospect in a class lacking a whole lot of star potential at the top. Read more »
Prospect Report: Precious Achiuwa Of Memphis

by Rafael Uehara

Precious Achiuwa looks like the exact type of prospect whose combination of physical profile and athletic ability wows decision makers who join the process late. Read more »
Prospect Report: James Wiseman Of Memphis

by Rafael Uehara

James Wiseman has the potential to become a pure center who is special enough to escape the league's deemphasizing of the position over these last few years. Read more »
Prospect Report: Cole Anthony Of North Carolina

by Rafael Uehara

While Cole Anthony certainly lost status compared to how he was viewed entering his freshman year, his season was by no means a disaster. Read more »
Prospect Report: Obi Toppin Of Dayton

by Rafael Uehara

Obi Toppin is viewed as one of those big men who might be special enough to escape the devaluing of the position, especially of those who probably need another big man with them in the lineup to anchor the defense. Read more »
Prospect Report: Onyeka Okongwu Of USC

by Rafael Uehara

Onyeka Okongwu has emerged due to his impact around the rim on both ends. His combination of coordination and smoothness moving around the floor offers hope he could someday be about as good out in space as well. Read more »
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