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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