D’Marcus Simonds is a 6’3” junior combo guard for the Georgia State Panthers who recently hinted at his intent to forego his senior season and enter the 2019 NBA Draft. This didn’t come as all that much of a surprise, as many had expected the dynamite scorer to enter the 2018 NBA Draft after being named the Sun Belt Player of the Year and garnering a fair amount of draft buzz. While his efficiency clips and draft momentum may have taken some hits this season, Simonds was still a First Team All-Conference selection, led his team to a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and has an intriguing combination of athleticism and skill that, in conjunction with his ultra-competitive mentality, will give him a chance of eventually sticking at the NBA level.
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Justin Robinson is a 6’1 ½” lead guard for the Virginia Tech Hokies. Robinson was a Second Team All-ACC selection as a junior and was on track for all-conference honors again as a senior before suffering a foot injury in late January. The physical, crafty, sharp-shooter is a natural facilitator and his game projects cleanly to the next level. After a nearly two-month hiatus, he will look to lead the Hokies on a deep NCAA Tournament run and solidify his stock in the presence of onlooking NBA scouts and front office decision-makers.
Justin James is a 6’6 ½” wing for Wyoming Cowboys. James tested the 2018 NBA Draft waters and earned the chance to work out with the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, and Houston Rockets. Constructive feedback from NBA decision-makers included packing some weight onto his frame and becoming a more viable playmaker for others by reading defensive rotations when he draws help defenders. James opted to return to Laramie for his senior season and, with the departure of multiple key seniors and 65% of the team’s prior year scoring, faced a difficult contextual battle throughout the course of the season. Despite team struggles and some shooting/turnover inefficiencies, James handled the situation quite well and certainly has his share of believers within the NBA prospect scouting community.
Cameron Young is a 6’6” wing for the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Young took a nontraditional path by beginning his career at Arizona Western. After excelling at the JuCo level, Young transferred to Quinnipiac, playing only sparingly in the 2016-17 season. He finally got his breakthrough last season, scoring 622 points and setting a new Quinnipiac single-season record at the DI level. After receiving Second-Team All-MAAC and MAAC All-Tournament Team honors, Young was granted another year of collegiate eligibility. He has taken full advantage of the opportunity by becoming one of the most prolific heat-check volume scorers and three-point threats in college basketball, earning the MAAC Player of the Year award, and gaining some buzz amongst professional scouts.
Barry Brown is a 6’3” combo guard for the Kansas State Wildcats and is one of the best perimeter defenders in the country. After testing the 2018 NBA Draft waters and working out with the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, Brown opted to return to Manhattan for his senior season. The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference Selection is a defensive advanced-metric stud, posting career-bests in DBPM, Defensive Rating, and Defensive Win Shares. After leading the Wildcats to a share of the Big 12 regular season conference title, Brown will look to build upon his rock-solid defensive foundation and prove to NBA evaluators that he can bring value on both sides of the ball throughout his final NCAA Tournament run.
The 2018-19 NBA season has been one of the fastest-paced in recent memory. The average number of possessions per 48 minutes this season has eclipsed the 100 possession threshold for the first time in thirty years. Given the increasing emphasis on transition offense, understanding a given collegiate prospect’s effectiveness at creating for themselves and others in up-tempo fast break scenarios is an essential piece of analyzing their potential projectability to the professional level.
In our sixth Film Room Friday installment, the PBC scouting team has performed a deep-dive into prospects with potential to translate as dynamic transition threats.
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.
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