23 - Deyonta Davis

Michigan St. 

  • Birthday: 12/2/96
  • NBA Position: PF/C
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-10
  • Wt: 240
  • Hometown: Muskegeon, MI
  • High School: Muskegeon
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NBA Comparison: Etan Thomas

Strengths: Has solid NBA length at 6'10" with a 7'2" wingspan ... Possesses tremendous physical tools at his size ... Very fluid and athletic big man ... Quick and powerful second jump ... Has a big frame and moves very well for a guy carrying his bulk ... Is already a force in the paint as a rim protector ... Can stay in front of smaller players on the perimeter ... Advanced pick and roll defender for his age ... Fluid in the open court ... Capable playing in an uptempo system ... Can extend his range to about 15-20 feet at the moment ... Effective at scoring around the rim on lobs and post ups close to the basket ... Shows the ability to finish with either hand and shoot out to 5-8 feet using both left and right ... High-ceiling potential, just beginning to scratch the surface of what he could become, if he stays hungry and continues to develop ... Versatile enough to play either the four or a small ball five at the next level ... Wiry strong player who can pound with players bigger than him ...

Weaknesses: Far from a finished product ... If he's not finishing at the rim he's not able to impact the game much offensively at this point ... For a rim protector he suffers too many lapses in defensive awareness ... Didn't always stand out when on the floor for Michigan State this year ... Showed flashes, but often went long stretches without impacting the game ... Could stand to add more muscle to his 240 pound frame ... Only shot 63 percent from the free throw line as a freshman ... Stretch fours had their way with him when he guarded them ... Foul prone when given more minutes ... Too eager to block shots and in turn bites on pump fakes too often ... Can be overly aggressive and pressure the ball too high when switched into a guard ... Lack of confidence can sometimes be perceived in his timid approach to game ... Post game is too predictable as his moves seem very premeditated and he hasn't learned how to counter his defender when his first move is contested ...

Notes: 6'9.5 (in shoes) 212 lbs, with a 7'1.5 wingspan at the 2014 Nike Big Man Skills Academy ... Selected to 2015 McDonald's All American and Jordan Brand Classic ... 2015 Michigan Mr. Basketball recipient ... 2015 Gatorade Michigan Player of the Year ... Finished second on Michigan's career blocked shots list ...

Outlook: Davis is a prospect that offers an NBA-ready skill, rim protection, but is still raw in other areas of his game ... Declared for the draft and intends to sign an agent ... Figures to get looks in the lottery based solely off of potential and the lack of high-quality big men ... Another year, with steady playing time, could mold him into a more complete player ... Best case scenario is he becomes a small-ball five that brings rim protection and the ability to guard on perimeter ...

Brandon Jefferson 4/12/16

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