Max Strus is a 6’6” wing for the DePaul Blue Demons. The former DII standout at Lewis University has been DePaul’s go-to scorer the past two seasons following his transfer, and was recently named to the All-Big East Conference Second Team. Strus has grinded to make the climb from a formerly underrecruited prep to being on the doorstep of getting a legitimate shot at the NBA.
As March is now upon us and the 2019 conference tournament slate is underway, the PBC scouting team will provide a snapshot of some relevant professional prospects to watch at the outset of each conference tournament. Our next set of featured conferences includes the America East (AEC), Colonial (CAA) Southern Conference (SoCon), and the Summit League (SL).
Shooting from range is more valued than ever in the modern NBA. While spot-up shooting is very valuable in and of itself, what separates truly great shooters and adds exponential offensive value is the ability to shoot off-movement. High-level off-movement shooters are few and far between in the collegiate game, but those who do possess this skill certainly will catch the eyes of professional evaluators.
In our fifth Film Room Friday installment, the PBC scouting team has performed a deep-dive into prospects with potential to translate as effective off-movement shooters.
As March is now upon us and the 2019 conference tournament slate is underway, the PBC scouting team will provide a snapshot of professional prospects to watch at the outset of each conference tournament. This conference showdown installment delves into WCC, which as historically been dominated by Gonzaga and St. Mary’s from both collegiate winning and NBA prospect translatability perspective.
Terance Mann is a 6’6 ½” wing for the Florida State Seminoles. Mann has made his name as a multi-faceted, highly impactful wing that is willing to do whatever it takes to lead his team to victory. As both an athletically and intellectually gifted wing, Mann is an appealing theoretical fit in a modern NBA that values versatility and basketball IQ more than ever. Showing tangible improvement as a shooter this season has helped build his prospect profile by tightening up one of his biggest holes as a prospect. Mann will look to put the finishing touches on his prospect profile by leading the ‘Noles to another deep NCAA Tournament run.
As March is now upon us and the 2019 conference tournament slate is underway, the PBC scouting team will provide a snapshot of some relevant professional prospects to watch at the outset of each conference tournament. The second wave of conference showdowns for automatic NCAA Tournament bids include the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), Northeast Conference (NEC), and Ohio Valley Conference (OVC).
John Konchar is a 6’5 ½” wing for Fort Wayne Mastodons. The four-time First Team All-Summit League selection and all-time leading scorer in school history came from humble beginnings a skinny, under recruited high school stat-stuffer with only one Division I offer. Konchar relayed his intent to pursue a walk-on opportunity at Notre Dame. Konchar showed out in several performances at which Notre Dame associate head coach, Rod Balanis, was in attendance, but Notre Dame was tight on roster spots it wasn’t in the cards to bring him on board at that time.
Coach Balanis connected John with and provided a recommendation to recently hired Fort Wayne head coach, Jon Coffman. The rest is history.
As March is now upon us and the 2019 conference tournament slate is underway, the PBC scouting team will provide a snapshot of some relevant professional prospects to watch at the outset of tournament play. Kicking off the battles for automatic NCAA Tournament bids are the Atlantic Sun Conference, Big South Conference, Horizon League, and Patriot League. Though these conferences may not be the most historically plentiful when it comes to NBA talent, they’ve had their fair share of pros over the years.
Josh Perkins is a 6’3” redshirt senior lead guard for the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The school’s all-time leader in assists was recently named one of five finalists (along with Markus Howard, Ja Morant, Tremont Waters, and Cassius Winston) for the Bob Cousy Award, which honors the nation’s top point guard. Perkins, a former top sixty high school recruit out of national powerhouse Huntington Prep, has been a full-time starter in all four of his post-redshirt seasons, logging 139 starts and accumulating nearly 4,500 minutes of playing time. He has been a consistent force in leading Gonzaga to its winningest four year stretch in school history. Though he hasn’t gotten the same NBA Draft buzz as some of his teammates, Perkins is an interesting prospect in his own right, and will look to prove himself to NBA decision-makers as he leads the Bulldogs in his final crack at a potential NCAA championship.
Throughout February 2019, the Professional Basketball Combine scouting team released 10 prospect features for NCAA players that project to make an impact as professional basketball players. The team focused on prospects that fall outside the top 45 of our consensus draft-eligible prospect board, which is a weighted aggregate ranking system with inputs from a variety of reputable NBA draft analysts (ESPN’s Jonathan Givony / Mike Schmitz, The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie, Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo, Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman, the Stepien’s Jackson Hoy / Mike Gribanov, etc.).
Our scouting profiles attempt to encompass what each prospect brings to the table that has a chance to translate at the next level. We provide a detailed scouting graphic inclusive of statistics, strengths, improvement areas, body frame comparisons, skill breakdowns, and other information about the prospect.
These prospects are categorized into one of three groupings: “Senior Spotlight” (senior prospects), “Mid Major, Big Game” (mid-major prospects), and “Early Entrant Outlook” (prospects who may test the draft waters).
We will continue to release two to three scouting features each week. If you have missed any of the features, see below for a brief synopsis on each of February’s ten featured prospects and links to each full scouting profile (rankings reflect movement from initial feature release to March 1, 2019).
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