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1 - Derrick Jones

UNLV 

  • Birthday: 2/15/97
  • NBA Position: Small Forward
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-7
  • Wt: 190
  • Hometown: Chichester, PA
  • High School: Archbishop John Carroll
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Overall

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2016

NBA Comparison: Derrick Brown

Strengths: At only 19 years of age, tremendously gifted athlete that possesses many a lot upside for the next level ... Good size and very good wingspan for the 3 position. One of the best athletes in college basketball this past season ... Very explosive and quick off his feet which allows him to get a lot of putbacks ... Very good in transition due to speed and "freakish" athletic ability ... Led the Mountain West in field goal percentage shooting 73.5% in halfcourt situations and top 5 overall in the nation in FG percentage ... Did a good job coming off curls and screens to create higher percentage shots ... Very crafty and solid finisher around the rim given his wiry frame ... Good offensive rebounder and slasher to the basket ... With his athletic ability, size, and length, has the potential foundation to be a solid perimeter defender ... Good one-on-one perimeter defender ... Can easily contest shots, disrupt passing lanes, and defend multiple positions from the 1, 2 and 3.

Weaknesses: At a listed weight of 190 lbs, extremely frail build at this point in his career ... Somewhat immature basketball player ... Desperately in need of added weight and strength to be able to maximize ability to play at the next level ... Can easily get pushed off balance coming off screens which limits his scoring options ... Needs to improve his ball-handling ability especially in halfcourt situations ... Poor shooting mechanics and limited range ... Can improve offensive skills and midrange game ... As a perimeter player, needs to improve overall feel for the game especially in pick-and-roll situations and ability to see the floor ... Was able to get away with less than fundamentally sound defensive mechanics due to his athletic ability and length ... Needs to be a more vocal player to succeed at the next level ...

Overall: At 19 years of age has all the tools and potential to become a solid role player and defender at the next level, but there's a good chance he's going to need time in D-League or Europe before getting there ... Very intriguing upside due to exceptional athletic ability and frame ... Assuming he continues to develop his frame skill level, and feel for the game, can be a major contributor on both ends of the floor in a few years ... Could have benefitted by staying another year (or two) in college to develop his overall game ... Nonetheless because of his intangibles, athletic ability and age, teams may be willing to take a risk on him as a potential project player ...

Notes: Measured 6'6.5 (in shoes) 185 lbs, with a 6'11 wingspan at the 2014 Kevin Durant Skills Academy

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