11 - Landry Shamet

6-5, 190 Point Guard/Shooting Guard
wichitast_65.gif Wichita State Sophomore
03/13/97 (22.7 yrs)
Kansas City, MO
High School
Park Hill
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Denzel Valentine/Greivis Vasquez

Strengths: After an excellent freshman season, Shamet has become one of the best lead guards in the nation this year … He has ideal size for the point guard position in the NBA at at 6-4 with long arms … He is not the most explosive athlete, but he has a very high basketball IQ for a player his age and makes great decisions with the ball … As a freshman, Shamet posted a three to one assist to turnover ratio for the season.  ..While that has gone down slightly this year due to an increased workload, he is still averaging an outstanding 2.5 assists to one turnover … He always plays the game under control and commands the offense exceptionally well … Shamet has the ability to play at several different speeds with the ball in his hands and gets his teammates the ball in rhythm and where they can make plays … He is also terrific in pick-and-roll situations, where he ranks in the 79th percentile as a pick-and-roll ball handler because of his ability to make plays for others while not getting sped up … Shamet has proven to be a versatile offensive player, making the switch from shooting guard to point guard last year … While primarily used as a point guard at Wichita State, he is a very efficient offensive player off the ball as well, as he ranks third in college basketball in points per possession (1.521) off of spot-up situations (100th percentile) … In an NBA that particularly emphasizes offensive versatility nowadays, Shamet’s ability to play both on and off the ball at a high level will serve him quite well … He is a good passer, but the skill that will best translate to the NBA is his shooting ability … His size allows him to shoot over the top of smaller guards, and he has a beautiful mid-range pull-up jump-shot, which cannot be said about most college guards … He shoots 45.5 percent on half-court jump shots and is a threat to score from anywhere on the floor … Shamet is also lethal from three-point territory with range out to the NBA line … He is shooting 44 percent from three this season, the second consecutive year that he has shot over 41 percent from downtown … He is also a very good free throw shooter, having recorded two straight seasons with at least an 80 percent clip … Despite underwhelming athleticism, he is crafty, picks his spots wisely and is surprisingly an excellent finisher at the rim (59.1 percent) …

Weaknesses: While he does in large part make up for it with his high-IQ and skill, Shamet’s lack of burst off the dribble will limit his upside at the next level … At the college level, it does not hinder him that often, but in the NBA he will be up against much more explosive and skilled guards every single night … Shamet also still has some developing to do, physically, in order to reach his full potential … He will need to add some strength and muscle in order for him to endure a full NBA season and withstand the physicality of the pro game … While he is a very good finisher at the basket in college, it will be much more difficult to replicate in the NBA without him adding a few pounds of muscle, especially since he does not have elite explosiveness to compensate for it … There will also be questions about what to do with Shamet defensively at the next level … While he has the size and length to challenge point guards, he struggles to stay in front of quicker players … He may have to be a guy that relies on his length to come up with steals and blocks in order to at least be semi-productive on the defensive end … However, forcing turnovers or contesting shots has never been a true strength of his … Shamet has also had multiple foot injuries throughout his career, so there may be concerns of whether that will continue to be an issue going forward …

Notes: Landry Shamet is another great example of how Wichita State has remained an elite basketball program over the last few years … Head coach Gregg Marshall has elevated Wichita State to national prominence by luring in underrated players like Shamet and transforming them into NBA prospects and college basketball stars … Attended Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was a student in the Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) college preparatory program … Played just three games in freshman season before having to redshirt the season due to a foot injury … First-team All-AAC (2018) … First-team All-MVC (2017) and MVC Freshman of the Year (2017) …

William Peter Desautelle III 3/9/18