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45 - Denzel Valentine

Michigan St. 

  • Birthday: 11/16/93
  • NBA Position: SG/SF
  • Class: Senior
  • Ht: 6-5
  • Wt: 210
  • Hometown: Lansing, MI
  • High School: Sexton
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6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8

Overall

91

2016
Mock:  14

NBA Comparison: Danny Green/Greivis Vasquez

Strengths: Consumate leader and do-it-all talent at the college level ... Complete player that is good at everything on the court, and has the will to impact games, despite his lack of superior size and athleticism ... Off the charts intelligence, intangibles and leadership ... Has outstanding court vision and awareness ... Passing is his best attribute ... Makes the simple play and the extraordinary play with the same ease ... Tremendous feel for the game, plays like a coach on the floor ... Well-known and respected leader, with swagger and personality ... Developed into a great perimeter shooter in both catch and shoot and off the dribble situations ... Very good with the ball in his hands ... Can exploit smaller guards in the post ... Great team defender ... Knows where to be and when to help ... Adept at defending in the passing lanes ... Solid defender on ball, plays angles well ... Very good on the glass ... Attacks rebounds and can begin the fast break and initiate offense ...

Weaknesses: A 6-6 (slow and unathletic) small forward at the next level, it's uncertain how well his game will translate ... He is most effective having an offense run through him, and it remains to be seen if he's talented (quick) enough to do this in the NBA ... Doesn't impact games nearly as much playing off the ball ... Slow footed ... Can't consistently beat his defender off the dribble ... Can often get trapped or forced into a turnover when looking to make the highlight play ... Is it possible that his jump in three point percentage as a senior is a fluke ... Sometimes will force an unnecessary shot if the offense isn't flowing ... Isn't particularly athletic, has just enough to excel, but he will be below average at the next level ... Unsure of what position he will be able to guard on the next level ... Could have reached his potential in terms of development ... Will turn 23 within the first few weeks of rookie season (birthday is November 16th) ...

Notes: Measured 6’5.5’’ in shoes, with a 6’9.5’’ wingspan and 223 lbs at the 2015 Nike Basketball Academy ... 2015-16 Big Ten Player of the Year ... 2015-16 USBWA First Team All-American ... 2015-16 Sports Illustrated National Player of the Year ... Had two triple doubles in 2015-16 season (29/12/12 vs Kansas and 29/11/10 vs Boston College) ...

Outlook: Valentine is truly a complete basketball player ... He can do everything there is to do on the basketball court, however, his size and athleticism may limit his effectiveness at the NBA level ... He's court vision and basketball IQ are both top-notch and should allow him to overcome some of his athletic deficiencies ... Former Spartan Draymond Green's incredible development should help teams view him in a different light than once perceived ... Given the right situation, Valentine could in time become a key cog in a championship contender ... Some concerns arose after his medical reports were released to teams from his combine physical, they revealed some possible knee issues ...

Brandon Jefferson 3/28/16

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