4 - Matisse Thybulle

6-6, 200 Shooting Guard/Small Forward
WASHINGTON_65.GIF Washington Senior
03/04/97 (22.7 yrs)
Sammamish, WA
High School
Eastside Catholic
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Thabo Sefolosha/Andre Roberson

Strengths: A lock down defender who has potential to be utilized in the same role at the next level … Has good size for an NBA wing (6’5” and 195 pounds, and a 7 foot wingspan) … Very alert and active on defense … Does a great job disrupting passing lanes … Uses his length and wingspan to his advantage recording both steals and blocks (3.5 steals and 2.2 blocks per game) … Great reflexes and timing on his reactions, helping with both blocks and steals … Really good feel for the game on defense. Seems to be wired to put as much attention on that end as on offense … He has excellent physical tools … He really anchored Washington’s 2-3 zone … Can put the ball on the floor and attack the rim. Can throw it down with ease … Really dangerous in the open floor … Capable of making open threes, just needs to get more consistent … Plays with a lot of energy. Has a good motor … Solid overall free throw shooting and three point numbers in junior year lead to optimism about his offensive potential … Considered one of the draft’s top individuals off the court …

Weaknesses: Needs to get more comfortable on offense … Sometimes forces things a bit … Shooting needs to improve. Lacks consistency … Has the ability to make threes, but not yet at a consistent rate … Great defender, but his offense needs to catch up … Ball handling needs to improve; handle is a bit loose … While his defensive numbers improved over his career, his shooting from the field actually regressed from his junior year to his senior year … As a junior, he averaged 11.2 points per game on 44.5% shooting from the field and 36.5% shooting from 3-point range … As a senior he averaged 9.1 points per game on 41.5% shooting from the field and 30.5% shooting from 3-point range. Foul shooting has been an overall strength of his (78.2%) for his career, but it has been very up and down at the same time. 71.4% as a freshman and as a junior. 84.1% as a sophomore and 85.1% as a senior … 

Overall: There’s a lot to like about Thybulle from a defensive standpoint … He blocks shots and gets steals at a phenomenal clip and with improved offensive abilities has the potential to be a really good two-way player in the NBA … If his offense can improve, the sky is the limit to what he can accomplish … If his offense remains shaky, he projects to be much more of a defensive specialist … He’s one of those players where fit matters a lot … He needs to get with a team that is able to utilize his unique skillsets and be patient with him as he develops … He’ll probably need to spend some time in the G-League, underscoring the importance of finding that right fit …

Notes: Projected as a potential late first round pick, despite a lack of offensive proficency … Skipped the NBA Draft Combine leading to rumors of a promise in the first round …

Ben Parker 6/19/19

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