22 - RJ Nembhard

6-5, 195 Point Guard/Shooting Guard
TCU Junior
Birthday
03/22/99 (22.7 yrs)
Hometown
Keller, TX
High School
Keller
Team Site Profile
Athleticism
8
Size
8
Defense
8
Strength
7
Quickness
7
Leadership
8
Jump Shot
7
NBA Ready
8
Ball Handling
8
Potential
6
Passing
8
Intangibles
7
90 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Tomas Satoransky

Strengths: With a 6’5 frame and long arms (6’9.5), Nembhard’s draft stock is built around his playmaking ability and excellent size for an NBA point/combo guard … His length and strength should help him play either guard position, and can even shift to small forward in a pinch … His size fuels his impressive defensive ability … has very good playmaking ability, creating offense for others with his vision and passing skills … Nembhard averaged over one steal per game, and is always in the proper position to help … Should be able to confidently cover some of the better guards in the league … Offensively, his value drives from his ability to score with relative ease … While not an elite shooter, Nembhard racked up 15.7 points per game in a tremendously difficult conference…He is comfortable attacking the basket, and has the ability to float the ball over big men … Quality post passer, and excels on lob passes … Nembhard should also see his field goal percentage rise from forty percent if given the chance to be a third or fourth option, rather than first … Made over 57% of his looks near the rim, and has a solid 77.8% free throw percentage … Has rapidly improved each year of college, as he went from barely playing to TCU’s best player … The rise in almost every major category gives hope to the idea that his shooting numbers could improve, as he has clearly put in serious effort to become a better, more complete player … He is also a very good rebounder for the guard position, pulling in over 4 a game … He will likely play off the ball in the NBA, but has more passing ability than most 2-guards … Had a 108.3 defensive rating, sixth best in the Big 12 …

Weaknesses: Nembhard imust improve as a shooter, hitting just 33.9% of his threes and 29.6% of his two-point jumpers … While his free throw percentage (78%) suggests potential room for improvement in shooting, those numbers are concerning … He has a high assist average for someone who often plays without the ball, but also has an egregiously high turnover rate at 3.6 per game … Must improve his decision making. Both on shots and passes … To stick at either guard spot in the NBA, he needs to keep up the smart passes, while limiting the ones that lead to opportunities for the other team … Not an elite athlete, specifically looks slow with the ball in his hands, but gains separation … Has moments where he can blow by defenders, but can also sometimes look lost with the ball in his hands … Needs to move more without the ball … Was not able to lead TCU to a successful season as their best player …

Notes: Measured: 6’3.5 barefoot, 6’4.75 in shoes, 194.4 lbs, 8’5.5 standing reach, and a 6’9.5 wingspan at the 2021 G League Combine … Did not receive an invite to the 2021 NBA Draft Combine … Ranked second in minutes per game in the Big 12 … Named to the All-Big 12 Third team after his junior campaign … Shaping up to be one of the draft’s biggest sleepers …

Michael Hopp 7/7/21

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