22 - Malachi Flynn

6-2, 185 Point Guard
San Diego St. Junior
05/10/98 (22.9 yrs)
Tacoma, WA
High School
Bellarmine Prep
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Patty Mills

Strengths: Flynn comes into the draft after enjoying an All-American season as a RJr, where he elevated his play and the play of his team as a newcomer to SDSU … An experienced lead guard who started a combined 3 years in major & mid-major basketball, Flynn is who plays with good pacing when looking to create … Comfortable handling the ball and operating in pick and roll offense, as he poses a threat to knock down shots if given space by the defender and showed that he can read the defense to know when to pass or look to create for himself … Pretty good decision maker (2.8 A:TO), generally makes well timed passes and takes exactly what the defense gives him … A good ball-handler who knows how to use step back dribbles and crossovers to create spacing … Effective floater and overall mid-range game, necessary for him as he stands 6’2 … Can shoot the ball off the dribble or spotting up with NBA range, and at times was deadly when he moved off the ball as a spot up shooter from 3 at SDSU this past season … Though on the smaller side, Flynn is a tough and instinctive defender (MWC DPOY in ’19-20) who is a menace pressuring the ball and looking for ways to turn defense into offense … Has quick hands (1.7 spg) and is not afraid to mix it up with bigger players … Attentive off-ball defender, often forcing turnovers with his help side defense … Showed very strong leadership this past season, was the type of player that was willing to do whatever the team needed to win … Rose to the occasion at the end of games a number of times last season, whether it was a big shot, an important rebound or a key steal in the clutch … Could be a coach’s dream player at the next level due to his grit and team-first approach …

Weaknesses: At 6’2 185 lbs with just middling quickness, speed and a lack of explosive leaping ability, Flynn’s physical profile is below average relative to NBA standards … A below the rim player who will undoubtedly struggle to finish amongst the trees at the next level, making his floater all the more important … Not very strong, doesn’t project well to handle bigger guards at the next level … Some of the shots and plays he made in the pick and roll last season wont be as easy at the next level, as NBA defenders will able to disrupt a smaller guard like Flynn alot easier than the players he went against in college…Was mostly an average player during his 2 seasons on some poor Washington State teams, only emerging as a serious prospect when he transferred to a mid major after sitting out a season…Will be 22 years old when his rookie season starts, severely limiting his upside and also casting serious doubt he’ll ever be able to significantly improve his thin frame

Overall: Flynn is coming off of what has to be one of the best individual seasons in SDSU history (the team also went 30-2), as he took home MWC MVP and MVC DPOY awards in his rJr season with the team after transferring from Washington State after his Soph season….He has strong intangibles, a good basketball IQ, makes efficient plays, and shows the ability to shoot the ball in various different ways with effectiveness…He also plays bigger than his size suggests on the defensive end, which could endear him to a coaching staff relatively early in his NBA career if he gets an opportunity…He will have to overcome size and athletic limitations, as well as a perceived lack of upside that comes with being a 22 year draft prospect, but he has some tools in his skillset that will make him valued in the eyes of some teams looking to bolster their depth at the PG spot and could easily carve out a niche in the NBA sooner or later

Notes: Measured 6’1 without shoes, 6’2 with shoes, 175 lbs, with a 6’3 wingspan and 7’10.5 standing reach at the June 2017 USA U19 tryouts …

Jorrye Nixon 11/11/20