1 - Keyonte George

6-4, 185 Shooting Guard
Baylor Freshman
11/08/03 (20.1 yrs)
Lewisville, TX
High School
IMG Academy
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling
91 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Cam Thomas/Markelle Fultz

Strengths: George is a 6’4 185 SG prospect with adequate strength and a frame that has slimmed down since his HS days, being more toned but also able to add on muscle if necessary … Intrigues with his raw shot-making ability (15.3 PPG as a Fr.); had some impressive moments filling it up from all over the court that some teams will want to harness … Aggressive and is at his best attacking downhill when his match ups are on their heels … Can score in bunches at his best and likes to create his own offense, whether its using ball screens or by getting to his spots in isolation … Good handle and is tricky to contain in space due to his knack for changing his rhythm when attacking off the dribble … Flashes unpredictability with the angles and platforms that he will rise into shots from; utilizes drifting fadeaway jumpers and will slither/sidestep into tight spaces in the lane for floaters and lay-ups … Able to finish with either hand…Promising pull-up jumper, especially going to his right; had success in the mid-range but also hit enough long-range shots off the bounce to keep the defense honest…Fluid, compact shooting stroke with a high and tight release … Seems to be a better shooter than his numbers indicated as a Fr … Enough body control and footwork to become a factor as a shooter coming off screens … Willing to take tough shots, and can convert due to his touch and confidence … Not afraid of contact and drew fouls at a pretty good rate as a Fr. (79 FT% on 4.5 FTA/G) … Was willing to chip in on the glass from the perimeter as a Fr. (4.2 RPG) … Had to play off the ball more often than he’s accustomed to this past season, which in a way may have helped accelerate his development in rounding out his offensive game … Some flashes of pick and roll playmaking; will likely be given chances to develop into a secondary playmaker at the next level (2.8 APG) … Has instant offense/microwave scorer type traits …

Weaknesses: Mediocre physical and athletic profile for an NBA guard prospect … Not really an above the rim finisher, relies heavily on skill and creativity to pressure the rim and finish in the paint … Can be a bit of a chucker currently (33.8 3FG% on about 7 3FGA/G); would probably see a spike in his efficiency by being more judicious with his shot selection (37.6 FG%) … Makes just enough lower percentage, contested shots to encourage himself to keep taking them and those shots will be more difficult to see success with at the pro level … More streaky than a truly reliable knockdown shooter right now despite his tools…Posted a negative A:TO (2.8:2.9), which is not ideal for a player considered to be combo guard and speaks to a lack of natural playmaking skills for others…Tends to be pretty deliberate with where he wants to go with the ball on his feeds and should work on not telegraphing his passes … Will at times over-dribble and try to create plays that aren’t there … Doesn’t handle being blitzed in pick and roll coverage very well right now; struggles to turn the corner off the dribble due to his middling speed and can get smothered or forced into wasted possessions … Feel for the game and basketball IQ are both a work in progress … Fair to question what type of impact he can have on games at the next level if his shots aren’t falling  …  Can have lapses on defense and should work on his fundamentals as an on-ball defender; particularly with consistently sinking his hips and moving his feet with a purpose … The idea of what he can become is greater than the sum of his parts right now; still pretty green and in need of polish & experience … Weight and conditioning will be something he has to stay focused on, as he has a history of weight gain …

Overall: Keyonte George is a highly prospect originally from Texas where he spent the majority of his time in HS, before transferring to powerhouse IMG Academy in Florida and solidifying himself as a top 10 recruit in the 2022 Class … He would later commit to Baylor and had a productive season in the Big12, finishing 2nd on the team in scoring and assists for a Bears team that made it to the Round of 32 in ‘22-23 … He had to get in where he could fit in on a team that had 2 experienced guards who have proven to be productive in their own right in Adam Flagler and LJ Cryer, perhaps not being a seamless fit due to overlapping play styles, and George often didn’t have the ball in his hands as much as he probably would’ve wanted, partly resulting in a pretty inconsistent one-and-done season … Still, he showed enough talent and potential that there is optimism about his NBA future, and his experience off the ball, though maybe not ideal for him, may actually aid his transition to the NBA because he surely will have to share ball-handling duties at the pro level as well given his middling playmaking profile … He needs to shore up his shot selection and on-court decision making in general, as his overall efficiency wasn’t particularly encouraging as a Fr, but his shot creation ability and pedigree will pique the interest of teams picking late lottery and in the 2nd half of 1st round hoping to reign in George’s skills and potential fit within their team’s system …

Jorrye Nixon 5/25/23
Strengths: 6’4 combo guard … Strong build and body frame. Finishes well through contact … Good athlete. Jumps well off one or both feet with good body control … Good scorer in the half-court and has a knack for hitting difficult shots. Gets shots off with little space from the defender. Finished 2nd in scoring with 16.9 points per game on 48.8% FG% over the NIBC in 2021-22 … Can heat up quickly. Squares up and sets feet quickly, also has a quick release. Shot 42.1% 3PT% on 3.8 3PT attempts per game at the NBPA Top 100 in 2021 and 36.1% 3PT% on 6.1 3PT attempts per game over the NIBC in 2021-22. Good free throw shooter. Shot a solid 77.1% FT% over the NIBC in 2021-22 … Quick with the ball and stays under control when picking up speed. Changes direction well and gets into the paint. Good instincts and reactive to the defense with the ball. Drives well going to both his left and right. Good finisher at the rim … Can play on or off the ball … Solid passer, can make some impressive lead passes and thread the needle at times. Reads double-teams and avoids traps well … Stays engaged defensively. Defends well on the ball and has active hands …

Weaknesses: Has room to tighten up and improve his body, has shown in his (lack of) athleticism and explosion/quickness closing out his high school career … Still has room to improve 3PT consistency as he’s more on the streaky side. Doesn’t consistently make his open knock-down opportunities but the foundation is there … Solid passer and ball-handler but has a way to go if he’s going to run the point, even as a combo, at the next levels. Only averaged 1.2 assists per game over the NIBC in 2021-22. Tends to have more turnovers than assists …

Outlook: Incoming Baylor freshman … Transferred to IMG Academy for his senior year … Scored 13 points in the 2022 McDonald’s All-American Game … Played in the 2022 Jordan Brand Classic … Played in the 2022 Nike Hoop Summit … MVP of the 2022 Iverson Classic with 21 points … Played in the 2019 Underclassman All-American Game … 2022 Naismith High School Player of the Year finalist …

Evan Tomes 7/20/22