3 - Justin Edwards

6-7, 180 Small Forward
Kentucky HS Senior
Birthday
12/16/03 (18.8 yrs)
Hometown
Philadelphia, PA
High School
Imhotep Institute
Athleticism
9
Size
8
Defense
9
Strength
7
Quickness
8
Leadership
7
Jump Shot
7
NBA Ready
7
Ball Handling
7
Potential
8
Passing
7
Intangibles
7
91 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Glen Rice

Strengths: 6’7 athletic left-handed forward … Good size and length for a wing … High-level and fluid athlete, display athleticism well in the open floor. Good body control and adjusts well to the defense in the air to finish. Quick step with the ball and covers a lot of ground on his drives … Good looking release and arc on shot with range out to the 3PT line. Shoots best off the catch, can catch rhythm pulling up off one dribble … Doesn’t have to always have the ball in his hands. Although can be content spacing the floor, he does show some positivity moving without the ball and cutting at the right time … Averaged 16.4 points per game on 48.8% FG% over the Nike EYBL in 2022 … Good tools, commitment, and competitiveness on the defensive end end. Fairly versatile defender, as he’s shown success defending bigger players and in the post. Consistently sits, moves feet well, and has active hands when defending on the ball. Anticipates and jumps passes to create transition offensive opportunities. Recorded a 5th best 2.1 steals per game over the Nike EYBL in 2022 … Not necessarily a standout rebounder and although inconsistent, with a few games in the double digits and a few games where he grabbed less than 5, overall, he’s a solid rebounder for position. Averaged 6.5 rebounds per game over the Nike EYBL in 2022 … Although he’s doesn’t have the ball in his hands at an incredibly high rate, he’s low on turning the ball over. Turnover stats: 0.6 TOPG NIKE EYBL 2021, 1.7 TOPG Nike EYBL 2022, 0.8 TOPG NBPA Top 100 2022 …

Weaknesses: Has room to get stronger in both upper and lower body … Can be too content spacing the floor and watching the action … Can improve 3PT consistency, sometimes he finds the bottom of the net while other times he’s a few inches short of the rim. 3PT shooting: 30.4% 3PT% 2.9 3PTA Nike EYBL in 2021, 31.4% 3PT% 4.1 3PT Nike EYBL 2022, 9.1% 3PT% 2.2 3PTA NBPA Top 100 2022 … Can improve free throw shooting: 66.7% FT% Nike EYBL 2021, 61.8% FT% Nike EYBL 2022, 66.7% FT% NBPA Top 100 2022 … Needs to expand his midrange game, tends to shoot 3’s or finish at the rim, rarely operating in the middle … Willing to work in the post but can improve jump hook and fadeaway … Can improve finishing at the rim when he doesn’t dunk … Lacks diverse scoring arsenal in general and has much room to expand. Doesn’t have much half-court offense outside of spacing the floor for a 3PT opportunity or cut to catch and finish/power-dribble and finish … Must improve right hand and avoids using it … Limited as a ball-handler as he doesn’t break down the defense with his dribble or show much creativity with the ball, driving opportunities are generally limited to attacking straight-line closeouts. His lack of right hand limits his ability to change direction with the ball. Makes some nice passes out of drives but lacks as a playmaker. Averaged 0.6 assists to 0.6 turnover per game over the Nike EYBL in 2021 and 1.4 assists to 1.7 turnovers per game in 2022 … Older for his class, turns 19 December of his senior year of high school …

Outlook: Kentucky commit … Recorded 20 points (9-13 FG), 7 rebounds, and 3 steals in the 2022 UA Next Elite 24 …

Evan Tomes 9/3/22

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