As a low usage redshirt freshman role player operating under the shadow of Carsen Edwards last season, Aaron Wheeler has flown under the radar of professional scouts thus far in his young career. Expect that to change in 2019-20. Wheeler stealthily made the most of his opportunity off the bench for the Boilermakers last season, showing flashes of upside as a shooter and a long, instinctual defender. If you dig into his advanced statistics, Wheeler shows a fairly unique combination of translatable indicators. Wheeler is the only qualifying freshman in the past ten years to post a 35+ 3P%, 2.5+ STL%, 4.0+BLK%, <15 TOV%, and 15+ DREB%. This statistical profile aligns quite well to what can be taken away from Wheeler’s film and to his projectable role both as a higher usage starter this coming season and an eventual pro.
Alpha Diallo’s game is perfectly described by his Instagram handle, “@slowmo.11”, but that’s not a negative by any means. He consistently plays the game at his own pace and uses smooth, savvy moves to put defenders in poor position and get to his spots. Diallo has ideal NBA wing size at 6’7” tall and 210 pounds. He's brings a versatile array of skills that help him gel into a variety of lineups. The 2018-19 All-Big East Second Team wing averaged 16.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists, while accumulating 10 double-doubles in his junior season (tied for 1st in the conference). Diallo tested the 2019 NBA Draft waters under the advisement of Excel Sports Management agent, Javon Phillips. Diallo had the opportunity to work out for several NBA teams and receive meaningful feedback from scouts and front office decision-makers, and now he goes into his senior season on a mission to lead the Friars in a run at the Big East title while improving his stock as a future pro.
The 2019-20 college hoops season kicks off tomorrow, and the ACC has taken the unique position of commencing conference play at the onset of the season rather than following the traditional scheduling layout following the holidays. As such, the PBC Scouting Team has assembled a list of ACC prospects to watch this season with some supplemental scouting analysis on a handful of intriguing prospects ranked outside of the consensus top 45.
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Jalen Pickett was one of the most pleasantly surprising freshmen in the country last year, earning MAAC Rookie of the Year honors with unanimous votes in his favor. Pickett’s level of patience and maturity on the court did not resemble that of a freshman, or “rookie.” As the starting point guard of a slow-paced offense at Siena, Pickett found ways to pick-and-choose his spots to push the pace while remaining true to the system. He is a dynamic playmaker for others and excels at using his frame and IQ to gain leverage on defenders and create opportunities for his teammates. Pickett signed with Daniel Curtin of 3Eye as an early entrant testing 2019 NBA Draft waters. After getting feedback from NBA scouts and decision-makers at the 2019 G League Elite Camp, Pickett eventually withdrew his name and elected to return to Siena for his sophomore season.
Oscar da Silva is a unique product of the quickly developing German basketball culture and brings several fascinating attributes and questions to the table when evaluating him as an NBA prospect. The 6’9 ½” hybrid forward averaged 9.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while flashing tantalizing potential as a modern-day switchable forward with the instincts to cover up for teammates’ mistakes on defense. Despite great physical tools and natural offensive intuition, da Silva has yet to develop into the reliable perimeter shooter many projected him capable of becoming. Heading into his junior season, he will look to prove to scouts that he has put in the work for a more formidable jumper and that his lack of a clear identity as a three or a four is more so a versatility strength than a role projectability question.
Myles Powell is a certified bucket, ranking 5th in points per game among all returning NCAA players. He averaged 23.1 PPG in his junior campaign while earning multiple awards including: Unanimous All-Big East First Team and AP All-America Honorable Mention. His offensive prowess landed him an invitation to the 2019 NBA G League Elite Camp where he tested the Draft waters under the representation of Roc Nation agent, Sam Permut. Powell ultimately elected to return to school and will have the opportunity to lead a talented Seton Hall team on a quest for a Big East championship and NCAA tourney run. While he will need to show improvement in certain areas to solidify his profile as a potential draftee, Powell’s leadership and scoring ability are unquestioned. The 2019-20 Preseason Big East Player of the Year is currently 831 points away from becoming Seton Hall’s all-scoring leader, and while that would require an elite season-long performance, it’s certainly not out of the question.
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BREAKING: Kerwin Roach II (Texas) will participate in the 2019 Professional Basketball Combine. In four seasons at Texas, Roach averaged 11.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG, and 2.9 APG. As a freshman, Roach averaged 7.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG, and 1.2 APG. He was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. He also earned ESPN “Dunk of the Year” for 2015. As a sophomore, Roach averaged 9.9 PPG, 3.9 RPG, and 3.7 APG. He once again led the team in steals and tied for the team lead in assists. As a junior, Roach averaged 12.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, and 3.6 APG. He was an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 selection and he led the team in steals, ranked second on the team in assists, third on the team in scoring, and fourth on the team in rebounds. As a senior, Roach averaged 15.1 PPG, 4.4 RPG, and 3.3 APG. He was named the NIT Most Valuable Player. We are excited to welcome Kerwin Roach II to the 2019 PBC and look forward to seeing him compete!
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