2 - Jarred Vanderbilt

6-9, 215 Small Forward
Kentucky Freshman
04/03/99 (25.1 yrs)
Missouri City, TX
High School
Victory Prep
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Strengths: Is the most dominant rebounder in his draft class, pulling down 25% of all available rebounds during his brief career at Kentucky … Averaged 18.5 rebounds per 40 minutes in college …  Handles the ball extremely well for a player his size (6-9, 218 pounds) … Passes the ball very well, is able to thread the needle as well as make the easy pass … Has very good court vision, sees all 9 other players at all times … Plays with a lot of intensity and passion, motor is not an issue … Is capable of impacting a game even without taking a shot … Can defend multiple positions, is able to rotate quickly and can make long closeouts to take away jump shots …  Has a 7’1" wingspan and 6.34% body fat … Vertical jump was measured at 39.5” at Kentucky’s pro day (though many of the measurements seemed inflated) … Possesses good strength and his upper body is NBA ready …

Weaknesses: The biggest concern with with Vanderbilt is his inability to stay healthy. Struggled with foot injuries throughout his high school … Has a history of ankle and leg injuries which limited him to only 14 games during his collegiate career … Has been hesitant to play through any kind of pain, questions in regard to his toughness … Shot mechanics are not broken, but need to be refined to improve his jumper … Struggles to score from any of the three levels consistently … Only shot 63% from the free throw line at Kentucky and 42.6% from the field … Will occasionally try to force a pass into traffic … Conditioning is an issue, although part of that is due to time missed due to injury … Can play a little out of control early in games as he looks to find a rhythm. Legs are very thin, likely a factor in his leg injuries … Struggled mightily as a scorer …

Outlook: Vanderbilt is a prototypical point forward very similar to Lamar Odom. His ability to rebound at an incredibly high rate and then lead the break could have a drastic impact on his team and its offensive efficiency. He is capable of using his height to see over and around defenders while running his team’s offense. If he is healthy, he will likely drastically outperform his draft position. However, there is significant risk in taking him due to the injury history. He could become a starter for a playoff team or play only 50 games in his career and neither would be overly surprising.

Eric Yearian 6/18/18

Strengths: 6’9 left handed point forward … Great size and length with a 7’1 wingspan and 8’10 standing reach, especially for a wing … Good athlete and versatility … Good vertical and coordination … Good activity level … Quick in the open floor … Quick hands and feet … His size and first step allow him to get by the defense even if they’re giving him space … Quick second and third jump … Good slashing ability … Can penetrate in traffic and tip in his own missed shots. Quick to loose balls … Great tools to be a lockdown and versatile defender. Can get low and move his feet well … Great instincts and court vision … Creative playing style and makes plays you don’t often see at the high school level … Passes the ball very well … Can create for himself and teammates … Plays well in transition as a leader and finisher … Can pin point a bounce pass nearly the length of the floor … Can impact the game without scoring … Can fill the stat sheet in every category … Rebounds well on both ends of the floor … Good ball handling ability … Can get where he wants with the ball … Can change directions at a high speed as ball handler … Can score from multiple spots on the floor … Good euro step and covers a lot of ground … Has the tools, talent, and athleticism to be an elite player on both ends of the floor and an ultimate mismatch. Naturally has a multidimensional game, can be a big-time player by improving upon his weaknesses without having to completely add a new dimension to his game …

Weaknesses: Can create jump shots but struggles to connect with consistency … Did show improvement in his senior year but still has a way to go in all areas as a shooter; free throws, midrange, and three point … Occasionally misses the rim on free throws … At times he really struggles with his shot. Shot 19% from three and 38.6% from free throw over the Nike EYBL … Great tools defensively but can show more commitment to that end of the floor … Even though he has great playmaking ability, he hasn’t shown to be much of a floor general … Gets loose with handling the ball … Overdribbles and forces passes at times … Can be very turnover prone trying to do too much … Tries to thread the needle and make the home run play too often … Averaged 3.7 assists to 3.9 turnovers per game over the Nike EYBL … Needs to show he can play under control … Can improve upon his decision making … Shows confidence driving to his right but struggles to finish with his right hand … Needs to get stronger. Doesn’t finish well through contact … Can improve as a leader and competitor … Struggled with foot injuries throughout his high school career …

Outlook: Played in the McDonald’s All American Game, Jordan Brand Classic, and Nike Hoop Summit … Averaged 13.5 points and 10.9 rebounds per game over the Nike EYBL …

Notes: Measured 6’7 without shoes, 6’8 with shoes, 192 lbs, with a 6’11 wingspan and 8’10 standing reach at the 2014 USA Junior National Team Mini Camp … Measured 6’8’’ in shoes, with a 6’10.5’’ wingspan and 193 lbs at the 2015 Nike Basketball Academy …

Evan Tomes 7/29/17


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