41 - Saddiq Bey

6-8, 215 Small Forward
Villanova Sophomore
04/09/99 (22.5 yrs)
Washington, DC
High School
Sidwell Friends School
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Taurean Prince

Strengths: Scrappy, confident, high energy forward who broke out this season into one of the most productive players in the Big East … Outstanding three-point shooter who finished at 45% for the season on a high volume of shots (2.5 made threes per game) … Elite catch and shoot perimeter player … High motor,  versatile player with the size to play the SF position at the next level (6’8, 216 pounds) and with a near 7-foot wingspan … An overachiever. Bey is a two-way player who stood out on both sides of the ball for #10 Villanova Wildcats this season … Knock down shooter from both mid-range and beyond the arc … Held his own in limited post opportunities this season … Strong and determined defender who can successfully defend 2s, 3s, and (college) 4s … Physical on both offense and defense  … Does a good job of playing deliberate and when he sees an open look, there’s no hesitation, the shot is going up … Quick release allows him to get up uncontested threes before help defenders can arrive … Strength, size, and length allow him to take advantage of mismatches against smaller guards … Showcases above average handles for someone with his size … Gives relentless effort whenever he is in the game… While it is not his specialty, he is able to create for others around him … Respectable free throw shooter who will only improve … Takes care of the ball and passes well for a forward … 1.61 AST/TO was one of the best in the nation among forwards …

Weaknesses: Limited athletically. While Bey gets the most out of his abilities, some feel that he has peaked to some degree developmentally … Lacks great fluidity and is not the greatest run/jump athlete … Has he peaked to some degree? Can create shots for others, but struggles at times to create his own shot … While his shot was very consistent and effective, it is a bit flat and he may struggle to extend it out to NBA three and get it off against higher level athletes consistently … Plays good defense, but doesn’t force as many turnovers as he should (0.8 SPG, 0.4 BPG) … Lacks an explosive first step to get by defenders … A common criticism of Bey is that he is too willing to give the ball up instead of taking defenders on … As a 6’8 small forward at the college level, he should have been a much better rebounder than he was  … One of the older small forwards in this year’s class having turned 21 in April … Not a pure shooter? While he hit three point shots at an elite rate as a sophomore (45%), his 76% free throw shooting (64% as a freshman) is far from elite …

Outlook: Projects as a late first round to an early second round pick … One of the more NBA ready players in this year’s draft because of his experience and style of play … 3 and D Wing player who could find a role in the league as a glue guy … Defensive ability could allow for impactful minutes as a rookie …

Notes: 2-year starter at Villanova … Averaged 16.1 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.4 APG as a sophomore … 2019-20 All Big East First Team … From Largo, Maryland … 45% 3-PT, 48% FG in 2019-20 … Averaged 21.2 points and 8 rebounds per game as a senior at Sidwell Friends High School …

Derek Bast 4/18/20

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