4 - Nickeil Alexander-Walker

6-5, 205 Shooting Guard
Virginia Tech Sophomore
09/02/98 (23.3 yrs)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
High School
Hamilton Heights Christian
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Spencer Dinwiddie/Jordan Clarkson

Strengths: Offensively versatile 6’5’’, 205-pound guard … Is a sniper from long range and shoots with an excellent form and quick release … Has great awareness and a high basketball IQ … Cerebral approach … Very good attention to detail and desire to improve … A great decision-maker in transition … Can play PG within the rotation and is comfortable at either guard position … Understands when to take it to the rim, pull-up for a jumper, or pass the ball to an open teammate … Shifty. Gets by opponents using fakes, despite lacking an explosive first step … Moves without the ball. Gets open off of screens … Uses his ambidexterity to shift directions and attack the rim going left or right … Solid defensive instincts, evidenced by his 1.9 steals per game as a sophomore at Virginia Tech … Has the ability to play off of pick and roll and knock down spot-up jumpers … Averaged a fair amount of assists per game (4.0), which is very impressive for being the second ball-handling option behind Justin Robinson … Led the Hokies in scoring (16.2 ppg) this past season …

Weaknesses: Has wide shoulders, but a very slender frame … Doesn’t always exhibit an alpha dog personality … Lacks physicality … Overall strength needs to improve in order to get shots off against bigger, tougher defenders in the NBA … Lacks an explosive first step off the dribble and struggles to score in traffic … Must improve his ability to play through contact on both ends of the court … Does not get to the free throw line at a high rate… Not an elite athlete … A bit careless with the ball, averaged 2.9 turnovers per game this season … Plays a little upright and rigid. Lacks fluidity to an extent in his movement … Struggled to perform in Virginia Tech’s two biggest games of the season, shooting 30% and 25% from the floor against Liberty and Duke respectively … Could work on being a more vocal leader …

Outlook: Projected as a potential late-lottery pick … Has the look of a great complimentary player at the NBA level … His natural scoring abilities and consistent high level of play will make an immediate impact on whatever team he is drafted to … If he adds some more muscle, he has potential to be an NBA starter …

Notes: Measured 6-5.5 (height in shoes), 191 lbs, 6-9 wingspan, 8-5 standing reach at the 2017 Hoop Summit … Played an important role in carrying the Hokies to the Sweet 16 … Points, rebounding, assists and field goal percentage all improved from his freshman year at Virginia Tech … Named to the All-ACC third team

Kailey Jackson 4/6/19

Strengths: 6’5.5 shooting guard … Good length at position with a 6’9 wingspan and 8’5 standing reach … Good shooting and scoring ability. Shoots well from three. No wasted motion in his shot. Quick release. Just needs a little bit of space to get his shot off. Shoots well off the catch or dribble … Can get to the rim off the dribble … Consistently spaces the floor and very active off the ball … Plays with good ambidexterity and finishes at different angles … Changes speed well … Solid footwork … Good court vision. Handles the ball well and doesn’t over dribble … Willing defender with solid tools. Doesn’t take defensive possessions off and consistently gets into his defensive stance … Patient and doesn’t force offense. Good understanding of the game and shot selection. Not the type of player to beat himself. Consistent player, while everyone has their ups and downs, you know what you’re getting with Alexander-Walker …

Weaknesses: Can improve as a vocal leader … Not an incredibly explosive athlete … Has room to get stronger in both upper and lower body. Can improve finishing in traffic … Can improve midrange game, both shooting and floater … Lets the game come to him but could be more aggressive on the offensive end. Could try to draw more fouls … Willing defender but not the most physical player …

Outlook: Virginia Tech freshman … Played in the Nike Hoop Summit and inaugural Allen Iverson Roundball Classic … Has the talent to make an immediate impact at the college level …

Evan Tomes 9/25/17


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