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Left TCU after his redshirt sophomore year in 2018-2019 but didn’t declare for the draft. Played the 2019-2020 season for Cairns in the Australian NBL, now auto-eligible in 2020.
Possesses all the physical tools the NBA is looking for in today’s wings.
He has a solid 210-pound frame, and good upper body strength. His core is strong but not flexible. He has wide hands but his feel with them isn’t great and he is prone to losing balls he should get.
Impressive length and strength in his lower body but he must improve his agility. He can move laterally, linearly, and vertically with nice quickness and refined footwork. He has good mobility on hips.
On the defensive side, he is a factor in passing lines, energetic on the glass and dangerous in the opposite team’s gambling plays thanks to his body coordination and length (also awareness and average BBIQ). However, on the offensive side, he can lose his balance easily both in the air and on the ground and cannot finish in traffic due to lack of last touch and body balance. And these problems also limit him as a ballhandler.
He has some holes fundamentally and this also limits him as a passer just like his handling and dribbling cases.
He has shown flashes where he created and hit 3-point shots. But he is more of a catch-and-shooter than self-creator.
He has a two-motion shooting form with quick loading time, with a consistent elbow close to his torso very well. The opening and closing angles in his knee cap alignment are almost perfect but he doesn’t bend his knees and hips very much. Because he can get the momentum and quickness he needs from his strong upper body he may not need to.
He limits unnecessary shots, sometimes taking the ball so far from his head that the ball either never touches the rim or hits the end of the basket and misses. However, I don’t think he is an inconsistent shooter. Because he showed a lot of great hits as a pick-and-pop threat or short roller (in long mid-range hits) and he can score from all spots on the floor, shooting off the dribble and in early offense situations. He uses the bigs’ screens very well to create his shooting angle or attack closeouts.
He occasionally showed tricks like fluency with the ball and euro step, but he’s more of an explosive athlete than a fluid athlete. (quick first step and great aggressiveness).
He also does a very good job to use backdoor or curl or flare cuts to under the basket or baseline to shoot quickly and easily as a catch-and-finisher or dunker spot scorer. In these situations, he can finish the possessions by using his one foot/two feet jump, quickness in the air and length very well.
With good length and instincts on the defensive end, he’s an excellent rebounder and plays with physicality very well.
Combining lateral quickness, vertical pop and aggressiveness, he can guard multiple positions at at least average levels. He can stay in front of quicker guards thanks to his footwork, hip turns, and balanced stance, and he can stay in front of physical forwards thanks to his physical tools and active hands. He can even stay in front of a lot bigs thanks to his size and natural skill-set. His mobility and length allow him to be a good perimeter and post defender, who covers pick-and-roll and post up situations at average levels.
He is a good on-ball defender, however, he needs to be more consistent in general and has to learn off-ball defense and intensity. He knows how to stop his opponent, but he can’t do it consistently and with intensity. In some positions, he looks like sleeping.
Not a good rim protector, just showed some rotation from downhill. He should learn to use his physical tools and explosiveness to make blocks.
By Kuzey Kılıç