Ty-Shon Alexander is a dynamic 6’4” scoring wing that is off to a hot start to his junior season at Creighton. His strongest trait is the ability to knock down shots from the perimeter. After converting on 33% of his threes as a freshman on 2.9 attempts/game, he increased his efficiency and volume as a sophomore, knocking down 36.5% on 7.8 attempts/game. He's now converting at 57.9% on 6.3 3PA's per game through the first 3 games of the 2019-20 season and, although this clip is unsustainable, he looks to have continued this pattern of improvement. Alexander's confidence as a shooter makes him a dangerous scoring weapon when he gets into a rhythm, as he is also capable of creating offense in other ways if run off the line. Alexander is an intriguing prospect who will be worth keeping tabs on throughout the season and could potentially creep up draft boards as the season progresses.
Tale of the Tape
Several sharpshooters at the college level depend solely on their skill and ability to shoot. Alexander separates himself with his off-ball IQ and ability to find soft spots in the defense. This is a skill that should transfer well at the next level if he is able to continue knocking down shots at a high rate. To further his intrigue as an outside scoring threat, he is able to use pick and roll situations to get to his spots on the floor. He is patent with the ball in his hands, and excels in getting a defender on his back. He is able to shoot effectively with a defender in his face and ranked 35th in the country last season in PPP when taking “guarded” shot attempts (minimum 80 attempts). On the contrary, he could benefit from added improvement as a shooter off the dribble. As a sophomore, 81% of Alexander’s made threes were assisted. He’s displayed an ability to create space with the dribble, but has not been as efficient as a shooter in these situations.
In the clip below, we highlight Alexander’s outside scoring ability.
In addition to his prowess as an outside shooter, Alexander has shown flashes as a playmaker with the ball in his hands. His deceptive quickness and burst allow him to get into the lane with relative ease, and he enjoys playing the game at a fast pace. He’s proven to be a capable playmaker out of the pick and roll and does a great job of attacking interior defenders. His desire to play fast sometimes gets him into trouble, and an improvement in quick decision-making would help his outlook towards the next level. His passes and decisions off the bounce can be erratic at times, but the potential he’s shown as an athlete who can create for himself and for teammates off the dribble is encouraging nonetheless.
In the clip below, we highlight Alexander’s potential as a playmaking guard.
Ty-Shon Alexander is an intriguing under-the-radar prospect. Tangible improvements in decision-making and defensive positioning will be key determinants of his translatability to the next level. Alexander currently projects as an Exhibit-10 candidate who is likely find his way onto a G-League roster as a means to continue honing his NBA skill set. As a player with several + skills on both ends of the floor, a solid combo guard frame, and a history of growth/improvement, there's reason to be optimistic that he could bud into a nice pro in good time. Though he may not be getting much buzz as a 2020 NBA Draft prospect at this point and his most likely outcome is to test the waters and return for his senior season, don’t be surprised to see Alexander work his way into an eventual NBA opportunity.
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