21 - Taurean Prince

6-8, 220 Small Forward
Baylor Senior
08/22/94 (27.3 yrs)
San Antonio, TX
High School
Earl Warren
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: DeMarre Carroll

Strengths: At 6’7’’, possessing a strong 215 pound frame with long arms, and very good lateral quickness, Prince’s physical tools paired with excellent defensive instincts and intensity projects him as a player capable of guarding both shooting guards, and a large portion of small forwards at the NBA level … Playing in Baylor’s zone scheme, he still manages to block 1 shot and steal the ball 1.2 times in only 25.5 minutes per game (1.6 bpg and 1.9 spg per 40 minutes) … Unlike some players who rely on the zone to hide physical shortcomings, Prince’s defensive smarts and length allow him to excel in this scheme … This ability paired with a high defensive IQ projects him as a capable defender in the much different man to man heavy landscape of the NBA … Prince uses his athletic ability to finish strong at the rim (66.2%) and his speed to establish himself as a transition threat. He’s also a very good spot up shooter, with considerable range … 21 games into his Junior season, he’s shooting 40% from beyond the 3 point arc on 3.9 attempts per game … He’s excellent spotting up in the corner, and he leads Baylor in scoring despite coming off the bench, and playing the 5th most minutes on the team … Per 40 minutes he’s averaging 19 points per game, and 8.8 rebounds … He’s incredibly productive when he’s in the game, and he’s well above average in terms of rebounding for an NCAA small forward … Young for his class, he turned 20 August 22nd 2014 …

Weaknesses: Taurean isn’t a particularly standout ball handler, although he is capable in handling pressure and making good decisions … This limits his ability to create for himself on the perimeter, and makes him more of a floor spacer than an overall offensive threat … After two seasons shooting over 70% from the FT line, he’s seen a bit of a dip in his junior year (.632%) … Getting back up over 70% is necessary for an NBA wing … Prince also needs more reps as a mid range shooter, through 21 games he’s just shooting 27.1% on mid-range jumpers …

Overall: Taurean Prince has an NBA role and that is a 3 and D player who can guard two positions … He’s a good spot up shooter, and floor spreader who could play solid defense, and knock down corner 3’s at the next level … Rangy and athletic, he’s an extremely productive player when he’s in the game, and his energy allows him to make hustle plays on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. He’s a limited offensive player despite having a good long range stroke … Any improvement in handling the ball, creating for himself, and knocking down free throws will help him out on draft night …

Notes: San Antonio Express News 2011-12 All-Area Player of the Year. Ranked the 24th recruit in Texas by ESPN … Measured 6’7.5’’ in shoes, with a 6’11’’ wingspan and 215 lbs at the 2015 Nike Basketball Academy

David Ray 2/9/15