Is will Sheehey an NBA player at this point? Let's break it down and then give me your thoughts.
Will Sheehey is one of those guys that I would hate to play against, but would love to play with. Having a guy come off the bench with the unbridled ferocity that he plays with means that there is no drop off in intensity from the starting rotation, especially Oladipo. But before we simply check the box next to "Hustle Player", we must also acknowledge that this guy has some legit pro-level skills. For one, he can really stroke the ball and although he is streaky, when he's hot he's red hot. He has a nice mid-range game as well, able to use off-ball screens very well to curl into the lane for 15 foot jumpers. He has nice elevation on J and solid form.
Sheehey's biggest offensive weakness, to me, is his handle. He is an OK ball handler in space, but doesn't possess the most polished one on one moves. All of his drives to the basket seem to be off of back cuts (something he does well) or straight line drives off kick outs. Regardless of his ball handling, he attacks the basket HARD, showing good but not great explosion and a real nastiness at the rim. He seems a little out of control going to the basket, but man he tries to finish hard.
I like his defense too, as he shows nice lateral quickness and aggression on the ball. He has really active hands and uses them to really pester the ball handler. Sheehey is also surprisingly strong, it seems, sporting a wiry-strong frame.
In every game I've watched he has demonstrated a major-league competitive streak and leadership skills. He is the one pulling his unit together to huddle, he is the one barking out defensive assignments, and he is the first guy on the floor after a ball.
His middle of the pack size, limited creating skills, and meh ballhandling skills could hinder him making the league, but I think he is one of those guys who if he makes a roster could stick for a very long while thanks to his hard-nosed style, competitiveness, intangibles and shooting. Thoughts?
on what should be a top 25 or better team next year (assuming Oladipo and Zeller go this year). If he continues to improve his game at the same pace he has for his first three years, he could work his way into the late first, probably early-to-mid second round mix.
I think he will slide to the 2 spot beside Yogi, with freshmen Troy Williams and Noah Vonleh and soph Hanner M-P in the frontcourt. Unless Williams is not better than Remy Abell, then he will start at the 2 with Will at the 3. Will should get all the shots he wants.
His handle and passing are the parts of his game that need the most attention this summer. Some consistency on his jumper would help as well, as he will probably be a 2 at the next level. He could turn into a Chase Budinger - type of player, with better defense. Or he could be a rotation Euro league player.
I can see more of a solid Euro style player, however if Indiana makes a deep run this year or next, and he goes off in some tournament game, that usually propels a lot of iffy prospects. He definitely seems to have that fire and desire to get better, so after 2014, i can see him being a solid 2nd round pick. He doesnt really have one above average nba skill, even his free throw shooting leaves some to be desired. If he is a 2, he needs to definitely work on his handles
i think his best bet would be to go overseas. he could prob play in euroleague. If he played in the nba he would make about 400 thousand dollars and get sent down to the d league as apposed to going overseas and making more money. the nba would prob be a waste of time for him IMO but at the same time its most peoples dream to play in the nba so its really whatever he prefers...thats assuming someone picks him up which might not even happen
HA! I'd be pretty damn surprised if he ever saw a minute on an NBA floor.
i dont see him ever being in the nba...
Sure, why not?
As has already been said, he'll be the leader of the team next yr and I expect him to score in the mid teens. He plays hard, plays smart, defends, is a decent athlete and he can hit shots. His problem is that he's a SF, but is a little small in terms of mass and maybe length for the position. He doesn't have much of a handle but he can spot up and score off of activity. I could see him being drafted in the mid to late 2nd next yr or getting signed as an undrafted FA, getting a cup of coffee in the NBA before finally settling in as a solid pro in Europe.
He reminds me of Mike Gansey from W. Virginia. Under skilled on the ball for a 2, but undersized for the 3. Both played their butts off, though. Always thought that if Gansey hit a roster he would stick, but he never did. Anyhoo, similar players.
There is no way. He is really not that great a shooter. Just because you are actuve doesnt mean much, especially since his skill set is way too limited for the NBA. I almost see a poor mans Luke Walton in him and it doesnt get much worse than that
Interesting take. Thanks!
no. no. no.
Id be shocked if he made the NBA he's definetely not a 3 too small for a 4. He will probably play overseas and have a nice career.
To chris, Mike Gansey was more of a guard, for a sidenote at club in san fran i spotted nick collison who was with a familiar face i couldnt put a name to. After to talking to him breifly i asked him If the other guy was Mike Gansey because thats who i thought the guy looked like, turned out it was Kopono. Kopono couldnt properly execute the picture i asked him to take on my phone of me and nick. Fun experience
Sheehey is someone I like as a college player. I don´t know if he´s quick enough for the NBA, perhaps as a 12th man of the bench, but not more than that. He reminds me in his game a bit of Jon Barry.
Sheehey is way more athletic than Luke Walton ever was. And they don't really play the same style. The Gansey comparison is ok, but Sheehey has about 2-3 inches on him. I think he will fight his way on to a roster. I don't know if he can stick, it will probably depend on a lot of factors. Other than the Lebrons, Melos, Durants, and Kobe's i think he could actually defend a lot of wings in the league. And then on offense he would never be more than a 5th option. He could stand in the corner and wait for a 3 (Bruce Bowen) or crash the glass.