17 - Dennis Schroder

6-2, 168 Point Guard
Germany International
09/15/93 (27.1 yrs)
Braunschweig, Germany
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Darren Collison

Strengths: Point guard with effortless blow by speed to get by opponents virtually at will … At 6’1-6’2, he has a huge wingspan at 6’7 1/4 … Shows good form on his shot and his stats back that up, hitting 40% from 3 (on 3.3 attempts per game) and 84% from the line, averaging 11.9 ppg in 24 mpg during his season in the German Bundesliga … Solid passer. Vision and playmaking skills seem to be developing nicely … In the Hoop Summit he displayed a reliable handle and the ability to play under control at a high rate of speed, setting up teammates for buckets as well as an emerging pull up jumper. Granted that was against a talented but inexperienced group of high school prospects … A solid defender, showing a good understanding of spacing and staying in defensive position with his hands active without reaching. Displays a lot of potential to be an on ball pest with his quick feet and huge wingspan … Shows a developing tear drop and would be well served by perfecting it … Also has a deft spin dribble move … Schroeder’s elite level speed is his biggest weapon and gives him a lot of intrigue as an NBA prospect …

Weaknesses: Still raw, efficiency numbers this season could have been better … His 3.3 to 2.9 a/to ratio display his need to become a more efficient ball protector and distributor. Though it is important to keep in mind that he’s still just 19 … Despite his 40% 3 point shooting numbers, his shot appears to lack the ability to extend out to NBA 3 at this point, as he shoots a bit of a set shot … Just 168 lbs. Frame is slight so getting stronger will be important. At this point he can be easily muscled and knocked off balance by bigger and stronger guards. Narrow shoulders mean he’ll likely never be a physical player … Added strength would allow him to finish after contact and better utilize his ability to get into the paint. It would also benefit him defensively if opponents attempt to post him … Needs to develop the ability to go left. He is too right hand dominant making it easier to defend him by overplaying his right … Much more effective shooting from spot up than off isolation. Gaining the ability to go left would help in this area … Lacks experience playing against a high level of competition, having played this season with a low level German team (New Yorker Phantoms) with lower level Americans and Germans, and the team struggled (13-19) … Will need to develop into a vocal leader as a lead guard … Must become more adept running the pick and roll as a ball handler … Solid athlete but not a dynamic, above the rim type of finisher …

Notes: Breakout star of the Portland Hoop Summit where he impressed numerous GMs and scouts … Benefited from a tremendous week of practices followed by an excellent game in which he outperformed Kasey Hill and Demetrius Jackson. putting up 18 points, 6 assists and just 3 turnovers … Game appears tailor made for the NBA as opposed to Europe due to his potential to break down opponents with his speed … Named most improved player in the BBL … There aren’t a ton of big names on his German BBL team, former Duke Blue Devil and Arizona State Sun Devil, Eric Boateng, being one …

Aran Smith 4/25/13

April 23, 2013

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