20 - Kahlil Felder

5-9, 175 Point Guard
Oakland Junior
Detroit, MI
High School
Detroit Pershing
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Phil Pressey

Strengths: Hugely athletic small lefty guard with explosive scoring ability and court vision … Scored 20 points or over in 30 out of 35 games during his junior season at Oakland, finished 4th in the nation in scoring at 24.2 ppg … Led the nation in assists per game at 9.3 apg, was 1.2 apg ahead of player who finished next … Had some marquee performances against major conference foes, with 37 points in a double OT loss to Michigan St., 30 points in a loss to Virginia, a team known for its defense and 38 points in a win at Washington … Very good in the open floor, excels in a fast game … Very difficult to defend one-on-one, has some major quickness and blow by ability if you play him too close … Improved in efficiency every year in college, FG% increased a couple percentage points every season … Also became more competent at using the pick-and-roll, always had the ball in his hands quite a bit, but became a lot more patient and excelled in leadership role … Has ability to defend full court and is a bothersome on-ball defender, which is crucial for smaller guards at the NBA level … Was a star of the NBA Draft combine, and while his vertical is likely closer to 41”-42” or so as opposed to the 44” he measured at the combine (measured taller-longer than Nate Robinson, though with 3 inches less standing reach?), still an elite athlete by even NBA standards with some explosive ability, quickness … Averaged 2 spg, with ball pressure and passing lanes both being things he can effect when on the floor … Showed he is a big time competitor, was one of the surprises of the NBA Draft combine scrimmages, went toe-to-toe with big time NCAA PG’s … Jump shot improved, became a better long range shooter each year and improved shot selection … Strong for a small guard, gets vert low and is not an easy person to just bowl over or get position on … Had a 2.7:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, much improved from the year previous … The role of quick guard who can create offense has become valuable, which definitely seems to be a role he can fill … Got to the line at over 8 times per game, shooting near 85% FT as well, was incredibly aggressive driving to the basket … Played huge minutes in college, showed a great level of conditioning and of course gained valuable experience

Weaknesses: Size will still absolutely be an issue, as much as people point to the success of Isaiah Thomas, their have been countless other small guards relegated to far lesser roles or who have had a difficult time getting rotation minutes … People will also point to his playing in a smaller conference, with a lack of great team success as well … Clearly would have been able to play at a high major school, though of course one would wonder whether he would make close to the same impact … Had trouble finishing consistently in traffic, it will be that much more difficult at the next level … While he is tough on defense, his size will cause him to be a target and will need to prove he can defend shooters or if they will just have an easy target to shoot over … Jump shot still inconsistent, not a knockdown outside shooter and it is unknown how consistent he will be from NBA range … Still did turn the ball over quite a bit and the speed of the NBA game will require him to make better decisions … Had the ball in his hands so often, it will be interesting to see how he adjusts to playing more off of the ball … As great as he is athletically, will have a huge adjustment to going up against NBA level defenders at the PG position … Can definitely work on going to his left and developing the right to left cross … Has to know his spots as a shooter, improve his spot-up game … Did very little off-screens, which will probably continue in NBA, though if he could work better playing off the ball, has speed to make himself an issue

Notes: Often referred to as “Kay” Felder, though full name is Kahlil Ameer Felder, Jr. … Finished No. 4 in 2013 Michigan Mr. Basketball race … Named 2014 Horizon League Freshman of the Year, with averages of 9.5 ppg and 6.4 apg, finishing 7th in the nation in assists … 2015 Mid-Major All-American and All-Horizon League 1st Team, with averages of 18.1 ppg and 7.6 apg … 2016 Third Team All-American by the AP, Sporting News and NABC, as well as being named the Horizon League Player of the Year … 9th All-Time in scoring (1765) and 3rd All-Time in assists (788) at Oakland University after three seasons … Finishes college career with averages of 17.5 ppg, 7.8 apg and 1.8 spg, with final year averages of 24.4 ppg, 9.3 apg and 2 spg on 44% FG … Improved his efficiency greatly after each season, with his marquee performances against major programs firmly putting him in the draft conversation … His ability to be a one man wrecking crew on offense was incredibly impressive regardless of his schools standing, showed major competence combined with special athleticism … NBA is still a league that takes advantages of mismatches, and while his size, speed and explosive ability are impressive, there certainly will be situations where he may be a liability … A big time competitor who has ability to both score and make plays for others, with a possibility of his filling the role of a spark plug … Seen as a very likely draftee, with the mid-2nd round being a likely landing spot, with a definite possibility to make it to a roster …

Michael Visenberg 6/22/16