Sunday, June 25, 2017

Shareef O'Neal NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-10 - 205 - PF - Arizona

Shaq's son is a high level combo forward prospect who possesses nice athleticism and an emerging offensive game.

Pros
O'Neal is a fluid athlete who is well coordinated, has good strength and a solid build. He runs the court well and has nice leaping ability, allowing him to make plays above the rim. He's a high level dunker and has nice touch around the basket. On the defensive end he show's great timing as a weak-side shot blocker and impressive length and leaping ability.

Although he projects as a power forward, O'Neal shows a lot of small forward traits and is developing nice perimeter skills including an improved handle and expanded range on his jumper. He has a very smooth release on his shot and can hit out to college three. He shoots from a high spot with good rhythm and excellent form.

O'Neal's ability to play on the wing at his size is impressive. If he can continue to develop his guard skills he'll be a load to handle on the perimeter.

Cons
Doesn't have ideal size to bang in the paint (although he is likely still growing) and lacks strength.

Needs to play with a more consistent motor and pick up the effort on the defensive end.

Comparisons
Jermaine O'Neal.

Projection: possible first round pick in the 2019 or 2020 NBA Draft


Mikal Bridges NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-7 - 210 - SF - Villanova

Bridges is a prototypical three and D prospect who has nice physical tools, great length and good shooting touch.

Pros
Bridges is a superb shooter with a picture perfect jump shot and great accuracy. He hits better than 90% from the free throw line and over 50% from the field. He's got an accurate and quick 3 point shot and hit's about 40% from downtown. His ability to space the floor on offense and D it up at the other end of the floor makes him a valuable commodity.

Bridges is an above average athlete with a solid build and good length. His 7-foot wingspan allows him to play bigger than his height and makes him a menace on defense, both on the ball and reading the passing lanes. He can guard multiple positions, allowing him to switch on pick and rolls.

He's fluid in the open court and reacts quickly to the play. He changes ends very well, with long strides and good straight-line speed, and he can really get up above the rim. He's got a really good touch around the basket and is an efficient scorer who doesn't need a lot of shots to score points.

Bridges seems to have a clear role at the next level, thanks to his outside shooting and defensive versatility.

Cons
Bridges isn't the most creative player and works better off the ball as a floor spacer. He needs to improve his ability to get to the rim and develop his drive and kick game. He doesn't project as a first or second option on offense and is more of a complimentary piece, rather than a star.

Comparisons
Reminds of Rasual Butler or a smaller version of Otto Porter.

Projection: mid to late first round pick in the 2018 or 2019 NBA Draft

Chimezie Metu NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-10 - 210 - PF - USC

Metu has shown great improvement over the years, blossoming into a possible first round pick. He's a
bouncy power forward prospect who loves to play above the rim and is a high level dunker and shot blocker.

Pros
Length and athleticism are the name of the game for Metu. He can really get off the floor and is a ferocious dunker, especially dangerous on put-back slams. 

One of the things that excites about Metu is his rate of improvement. He's gone from an athlete to a basketball player, showing a much improved understanding of the game, better decision making and much better shooting touch. His free throw percentage has risen dramatically and is outside shot has shown marked improvement. If he can continue this trajectory he'll earn a spot in the first round.

Cons
Metu is far from a finished product and is not yet a complete basketball player. His low post game lacks polish and his three point shooting is a work in progress.

Physically, he'll need to add a lot of strength to be a post player at the next level. He doesn't project as a stretch-four, at least not early in his career, and his game is probably a better fit for the NBA of yesteryear, when power forwards where expected to play in the paint.

Comparisons
Reminds of Jason Thompson and Ekpe Udoh.

Projection: mid first to early second round pick in the 2018 or 2019 NBA Draft

Bonzie Colson NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-5 - 220 - SF -Notre Dame

Colson is a do-everything Senior who plays much bigger than his size and impacts all aspects of the game. He can initiate the offense, shot the 3, rebound and blocks shots, reminding of a poor man's Draymond Green

Pros
Versatility is Colson's greatest strength, in that he can do just about whatever the coach asks of him. He's a committed defender who can hold his own in the paint, despite being 6-5, and he can rebound out of his area, using his 6-11 wingspan and good timing to attack the rebound at it's highest point. He's a physical player who could probably play TE in the NFL if the basketball thing doesn't work out.

He fills up the stat sheet with blocks, steals and rebounds and also does a lot of the little things that don't show up on the stat sheet, like helping off his man and boxing out. His heart, hustle and leadership make him a coaches dream and his ability to impact all areas of the game should lead to a long NBA career.

On offense Colson is a team first player and natural play-maker. He sees the court well and is always playing with his head up. His three point shooting has improved dramatically and he projects as a very capable NBA three point threat. He shoots a high percentage from the field, thanks in part to his great shot selection, and he's a nearly 80% free throw shooter as well.

Colson can score off the dribble-drive and has a nice one-hand floater. He gets a lot of buckets off of offensive rebounds and does a great job of creating extra possessions for his team.

Cons
His lack of height will limit his effectiveness in the paint at the next level. He's a natural power forward who will have to continue to expand his game.

He's not a run/jump athlete and doesn't have elite foot-speed and overall quickness.

Can he extend his range to NBA three and hit the corner three with consistency?

Comparisons
Reminds of a poor man's Draymond Green.

Projection: mid first to early second round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft