BREAKING: Isiaha Mike (Southern Methodist) has been selected as a 2020 Professional Basketball Combine honoree. In two seasons at SMU and one season at Duquesne, the Scarborough, Ontario native accumulated career totals of 1,154 points, 548 rebounds, 159 assists, 98 steals, 80 blocks, and 9.0 win-shares.
BREAKING: Nate Hinton (Houston) has been selected as a 2020 Professional Basketball Combine honoree. In two seasons at Houston, the North Carolina native accumulated career totals of 596 points, 432 rebounds, 106 assists, 81 steals, 8 blocks, and 8.4 win-shares before entering the 2020 NBA Draft pool as an early entrant.
BREAKING: Yanni Wetzell (San Diego State) has been selected as a 2020 Professional Basketball Combine honoree. In one season at San Diego State, one season at Vanderbilt, and two seasons at St. Mary's (TX), the New Zealand native accumulated career totals of 1,362 points, 697 rebounds, 124 assists, 81 steals, and 65 blocks.
BREAKING: Justinian Jessup (Boise State) has been selected as a 2020 Professional Basketball Combine honoree. In four seasons at Boise State, the Colorado native accumulated career totals of 1,583 points, 531 rebounds, 256 assists, 154 steals, 61 blocks, 325 threes (on a 40.8 3P% clip), and 15.4 win-shares.
BREAKING: Dwayne Sutton (Louisville) has been selected as a 2020 Professional Basketball Combine honoree. In three seasons at Louisville and one season at UNC-Asheville, the Louisville native accumulated career totals of 1,183 points, 893 rebounds, 182 assists, 138 steals, and 67 blocks, 18 double-doubles, and 15.3 win-shares.
As March is upon us and the 2020 conference tournament slate is underway, the PBC scouting team will provide a snapshot of professional prospects to watch for conference tournaments, potentially the NCAA tournament, and the pre-draft process. This conference showdown installment delves into WCC, which has historically been dominated by Gonzaga and St. Mary’s from both collegiate program success and NBA prospect translatability perspective.
While not too many rookies are asked to self-create in isolation right off-the-bat, showing signs of creative handle, pull-up acumen, and space creation out of iso’s is a key aspect of evaluating certain prospects’ potential translatability to the NBA. Especially in the playoffs when defenses are locked in, fully engaged, and can key in on opponent tendencies throughout the course of a series, it’s vital to have multiple effective self-creators on the court.
In our fifth Film Room Friday installment of the 2019-20 scouting season, the PBC scouting team has performed a deep-dive into prospects with potential to translate as effective iso creators.
As March is now upon us and the 2020 conference tournament slate is underway, the PBC scouting team will provide a snapshot of some intriguing professional prospects to watch at the outset of each conference tournament. March 3rd marked the start of conference tournament play for automatic NCAA Tournament bids, with the first wave of conferences including the Atlantic Sun Conference, Big South Conference, Horizon League, and Patriot League. Current NBA players that played collegiately in one of these four conferences include the following:
Though there may be no surefire 2020 draft picks among these conferences, there are certainly a handful of prospects with futures as professional basketball players, whether it be in the NBA, G League, or overseas.
Kamar Baldwin is a 6’1”, 190 lb. combo guard for the Butler Bulldogs. The crafty senior from just outside of Athens, Georgia will likely be on the radar of several NBA front offices entering the 2020 pre-Draft process. Baldwin, one of five finalists for the Jerry West Award honoring college basketball's best shooting guard, is averaging 15.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists on the season while playing ~31 minutes per contest. Throughout his career, Baldwin has been a staple of the Butler Bulldogs program, starting 119 of 131 possible games; a consistent starter since the midway point of his freshman season. While currently ranked outside the consensus top 100 prospects for the 2020 NBA Draft, Baldwin has a good frame, is ambidextrous, and seems to have the mentality/toughness to warrant considerable workouts and a potential shot at the NBA as an undrafted free agent.
Malik Fitts, a 6'8" hybrid for the Saint Mary's Gaels, is an intriguing under-the-radar 2020 NBA Draft early entrant candidate who has endured a fairly unconventional trajectory en route to college basketball stardom. The Rancho Cucamonga, California native took his talents to prestigious Brewster Academy as a means to propel his collegiate recruiting at a national prep powerhouse. The 3-star recruit committed to South Florida out of high school, but only spent one season in Tampa. He then transferred to Saint Mary’s and, after sitting out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules, he started 33 games for the Gaels as a redshirt sophomore, averaging 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Fitts earned 2018-19 All-WCC Second Team honors, and was a rightful contender for WCC Newcomer of the Year.
Saint Mary’s has leaned heavily on Fitts’ experience and leadership this season, and he has certainly been up to the challenge. leading the Gaels to an impressive 23-6 record to-date. He’s currently second on the team in scoring (17.1 PPG) and leading in rebounding (7.6 RPG), while maintaining efficient 48.9/43.5/80.3% shooting splits. Fitts is a powerful athlete and possesses prototypical size for an NBA hybrid forward. While he could certainly stand to tighten up a few things defensively and show some improvement as a playmaker for others, Fitts' scoring ability, talent, and will make him a dark horse to warrant potential second round consideration in the 2020 NBA Draft.
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