11 - Ryan Boatright

5-11, 170 Point Guard
UConn Senior
12/27/92 (28.1 yrs)
Aurora, IL
High School
East Aurora
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling
89 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Bobby Brown

Strengths: Has grown into a leader … Sets the tone by talking to his teammates … This past season, he played more as an extension of Kevin Ollie while on the court … Has shown that he has the intelligence needed to run a team (able to control and maintain the flow of an offense) … Picked his spots better this past season but can still improve … Possesses great athleticism, speed and quickness … Versatile guard (able to play both guard spots) … Is able to get anywhere on the floor because he’s quick with or without the ball … Dangerous in the open floor because he constantly attacks … Great at attacking the defense in pick and roll situations … Matchup nightmare anytime a defense switches on pick and rolls because of his speed and quickness to get by defenders (especially when bigs switch) … Is patient (in pick and roll) and has the ability to get open looks with his pull up shooting … Has shown effectiveness in being able to catch and shoot … In catch and shoot situations, he positions himself nicely on the perimeter before receiving a pass … Strong pull up game … Can shoot off the dribble … Consistent mid-range and improving 3-point shooter … Has range on his jumper … Uses an array of dribbling moves to create space and free himself up for quality looks … Can make contested shots … Can break down his defender (tough to stay in front of) … Has a go-to crossover and step back move … Can create his own shots with ease…Right-handed … Outstanding ball-handling abilities (tight with the ball) … Doesn’t let pressure effect his ball-handling … Penetration ability and great first step … Penetration opens up gaps for teammates … Explosive leaping ability (hangs in the air) and has good body control, which helps him when he’s looking to score in the paint…Is improving his floater and is not afraid to challenge bigs in the paint … Capable of finishing at or around the rim … Gets to the foul line at a high rate … Draws fouls at a high rate in transition … Passing wise, he can find his teammates but he’s more of a scoring guard … Playmaking ability was on display more during his senior season … Above-average court vision … Defensively, he has quick and active hands … Is a pesky perimeter defender … Good on ball defender and causes turnovers … Likes to put pressure on the ball near half court … Can defend the length of the court as well … Possesses nice foot speed that allows him to stay with his man … Is a good pick and roll defender as he avoids screens and shows good awareness of the opponent he’s defending … Fights over pick and rolls and makes the right decision when it comes to choosing whether to go over or under a pick … Knack for gathering long rebounds, loose balls and starting transition opportunities … Rebounds the ball well for his size…Good free throw shooter … Aggressive and competes on both ends of the floor … Is not afraid of having the ball in his hands and taking big shots in big moments or at the end of games … Fearless, confident and plays with heart…Has a will to win …

Weaknesses: Physical profile (short stature and slender frame) … Concerns about his size (height) at the next level (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) … Not the ideal size for today’s prototypical NBA point guard … Will need to more time in the weight room (work on his upper body) because he lacks strength … Below average 6-foot wingspan … Has struggled to score inside because of his height and lack of strength … Rarely scores through contact … Needs to slow down at times because he plays too fast … Needs to play with more control when he penetrates … When he penetrates into the lane he gets caught up in taking difficult/low percentage shots and forces high risk passes leading to turnovers … While in the lane he often finds himself in the air with nowhere to go with the ball … Can get loose with the ball … Needs to continue to prove that he can be a true point guard … Shot selection, decision making and feel for the game needs to improve … Takes shots early in the shot clock … Needs to improve his consistency shooting the ball off the dribble and from long range … Streaky shooter … Defensively, bigger guards at the next level may find it easy to post him up because of his physical profile … Wingspan doesn’t allow him to contest shots on the perimeter as well as he could … Sometimes looks to go after steals too often and loses his man … Gambles too much on defense … Leads to him being unfocused when it comes to guarding his man off the ball … Concerns of whether or not his pressure defensive style will work at the next level considering the size and quickness of the guards he’ll be defending … Has had spurts of selfish play in that he tries to carry the team by himself … As the point guard, he tended to over-shoot the ball …

Notes: Ryan Boatright spent his first three seasons as half of a dynamic duo in UConn’s backcourt with Shabazz Napier. In his junior season (2013-14), the two played key roles in helping the Huskies secure their fourth national championship, and first under second-year head coach Kevin Ollie. As a senior entering the 2014-15 season, coupled with the loss of Napier in 2014 NBA Draft, Boatright took over the reins for UConn as a leader and playmaker both ends of the floor. The 6-foot (with shoes) guard averaged 17.4 points while shooting 42 percent from the field, including 41 percent from long distance, 4.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game. The Huskies functioned around everything he did, as he led the team in minutes, points, assists and steals. Boatright is an elite level athlete with great quickness. He works hard and brings the type of passion to the game a coach would want from his leader on and off the court. Moving forward, he’ll need to work on things such as getting stronger and his shooting consistency from the 3-point line. The former Illinois Co-Mr. Basketball was First-Team All-AAC this past season. He suffered a shoulder injury midway through the second half of the Huskies’ AAC championship game loss to SMU and will need to prove to teams that he’s healthy. Measured 5’10 (in shoes) 169 lbs, with a 5’11.5 wingspan at the 2013 Nike Guard Skills Academy.

Tajh Jenkins 5/10/15

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