Throughout February 2019, the Professional Basketball Combine scouting team released 10 prospect features for NCAA players that project to make an impact as professional basketball players. The team focused on prospects that fall outside the top 45 of our consensus draft-eligible prospect board, which is a weighted aggregate ranking system with inputs from a variety of reputable NBA draft analysts (ESPN’s Jonathan Givony / Mike Schmitz, The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie, Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo, Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman, the Stepien’s Jackson Hoy / Mike Gribanov, etc.).
Our scouting profiles attempt to encompass what each prospect brings to the table that has a chance to translate at the next level. We provide a detailed scouting graphic inclusive of statistics, strengths, improvement areas, body frame comparisons, skill breakdowns, and other information about the prospect.
These prospects are categorized into one of three groupings: “Senior Spotlight” (senior prospects), “Mid Major, Big Game” (mid-major prospects), and “Early Entrant Outlook” (prospects who may test the draft waters).
We will continue to release two to three scouting features each week. If you have missed any of the features, see below for a brief synopsis on each of February’s ten featured prospects and links to each full scouting profile (rankings reflect movement from initial feature release to March 1, 2019).
Big | 6’10’’ | 237 | Senior | University of Wisconsin
PBC Consensus Ranking: 76 ▲ 65
Ethan Happ is well on his way to earning another All-American nod with a highly productive senior campaign. Happ tested the 2018 NBA Draft waters and, despite not receiving an NBA Draft Combine invite, had the opportunity to work out for a handful of teams and receive candid feedback from scouts and executives. Happ, a Third-Team All-American as a junior, ultimately returned to Madison for his senior season, and has taken his game to another level. Despite his three-point and free throw shooting woes, Happ is one of the more unique prospects in recent memory, and the intricacies of his unconventional game warrant a close look from NBA talent evaluators.
Read the full PBC Senior Spotlight featuring Ethan Happ here:
Forward | 6’7’’ | 232 | Senior | Nevada
PBC Consensus Ranking: 136 ▲ 102
Caroline tested the 2018 NBA Draft waters along with teammates Caleb and Cody Martin, all opting to return for their senior seasons. After working out for several teams, Caroline’s most consistent advice from NBA scouts was to continue to work on his three-point shooting and perimeter skills. Caroline took this constructive criticism, applied it to his offseason workouts, and has shown notable progress in these areas on the court this season. Caroline, one of twenty finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, is the heart and soul of the 26-2 Wolf Pack and has a chance to improve his cache as a professional prospect throughout Nevada’s pursuit of a deep tournament run in March and April.
Read the full PBC Senior Spotlight featuring Jordan Caroline here:
Wing | 6’6’’ | 201 | Senior | Iowa State University
PBC Consensus Ranking: 107 ▲ 93
After spending three seasons constrained by the context of a poor player-team fit within Virginia’s slow, methodical, grind-it-out style of play, Shayok sat out the 2017-18 season to facilitate his transfer to Iowa State. Shayok worked relentlessly on his game throughout his year off, and has taken his game to the next level. The Cyclones’ free flowing offense and a perpetual green light from Coach Steve Prohm, in conjunction with Shayok’s natural ability, hard work, and confidence, have catalyzed Shayok’s evolution into one of the Big 12’s top scoring threats. Shayok, one of ten finalists for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year, will look to bring consistency and stability to a talented, but sometimes erratic Cyclones team that has a chance to make some noise in the tournament.
Read the full PBC Senior Spotlight featuring Marial Shayok here:
Combo Guard | 6’3’’ | 192 | Senior | Villanova University
PBC Consensus Ranking: 149 ▲ 114
Booth, a fifth year senior, has provided a calming leadership presence throughout his collegiate career. This year, Booth has been thrust into a more prominent role, and has handled the uptick in offensive responsibility quite effectively. After a slow start, the Wildcats are right back in the thick of things, leading the Big East and aspiring to make yet another deep NCAA tournament run. As a result of his team’s title runs and waves of NBA talent, Booth has had NBA scouts’ eyes on him for a while now. Booth will look to continue his strong individual play through the remainder of conference play and into the tournament, and has a legitimate chance to turn that former peripheral NBA talent evaluator attention into serious NBA consideration.
Read the full PBC Senior Spotlight featuring Phil Booth here:
Forward | 6’9 ½’’ | 232 | Senior | Southern California
PBC Consensus Ranking: 172 ▲ 161
Though USC has had an up and down season, Boatwright has shined in his final collegiate campaign in Los Angeles. His sharp shooting from deep has landed him in the school and conference record books, and helped solidify his professional archetype as a stretch forward. Boatwright has been on the radar of NBA scouts since his strong sophomore campaign, and is making his final push to prove that he has what it takes to make it at the next level.
Read the full PBC Senior Spotlight featuring Bennie Boatwright here:
Mid Major, Big Game
Big | 6’8’’ | 215 | Senior | Louisiana-Lafayette
PBC Consensus Ranking: NR ▶ NR
Gant, a former consensus top fifty high school recruit and Mizzou commit, has grown into one of the most dynamic forwards in the country. He possesses a unique combination of shooting range, rim protection, and explosive athleticism. Gant’s performance, to date, as a senior has landed him on the Lou Henson National Mid-Major Player of the Year mid-season watch list, and his dynamic skill set fits the mold of a modern NBA rim-protecting stretch four.
Read the full Mid Major, Big Game featuring JaKeenan Gant here:
Lead Guard | 5’9’’ | 178 | Senior | Campbell University
PBC Consensus Ranking: 149 ▲ 144
Clemons is one of the most prolific scorers in NCAA history, having racked up 3,106 career points (sixth all-time). The undersized, under-recruited scoring phenom has tested the NBA Draft waters each of the past two offseasons, has gone through workouts with the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets, and has returned to Buies Creek on a mission to lead Campbell to its second ever NCAA tournament appearance, cement his NCAA scoring legacy, and prove to NBA scouts that he has what it takes to make it in the pros.
Read the full Mid Major, Big Game featuring Chris Clemons here:
Forward/Big | 6’9’’ | 235 | Senior | South Dakota State
PBC Consensus Ranking: 199 ▲ 197
Daum is a Nebraska farm-raised bucket-getter with athletic genes. As the son of two former professional athletes, Daum is equipped with NBA size/length and impressive coordination for his size. Daum has built upon this baseline size with hard work and countless shooting reps and evolved into one of the most accomplished scorers in the history of college basketball. NBA scouts and decision-makers will be looking for Daum to prove himself against high-major competition and help show that he has what it takes to compete against the longer, stronger, quicker athletes that await at the professional level.
Read the full Mid Major, Big Game featuring Mike Daum here:
Early Entrant Outlook
Lead Guard | 5’11’’ | 175 | Junior | Marquette University
PBC Consensus Ranking: 58 ▶ 58
Howard is one of the most explosive scorers in the nation, routinely scoring in the 30’s and 40’s. He is one of the most dynamic off-the-dribble shooting threats among 2019 draft eligible prospects, and despite being the focal point of the opposition’s scouting and defensive schematics, continues to torch team after team. If Howard can continue his scoring run and carry his team to wins throughout postseason play, he has a chance to be a viable 2019 NBA Draft candidate as a potential early entrant.
Read the full Early Entrant Outlook featuring Markus Howard here:
Combo Guard / Wing | 6’5’’ | 190 | Junior | Shaw University
PBC Consensus Ranking: 102 ▼ 105
Wing / Forward | 6’7 ½’’ | 215 | Junior | Point Loma Nazarene
PBC Consensus Ranking: 113 ▲ 111
Throughout NBA history, the overwhelming majority of prospect talent has been fielded from NCAA Division I schools. There has also been a recent influx of international talent over the past 15-20 years. Sub-DI prospects may be few and far between, but there have certainly been some diamonds in the rough that have emerged over the years. There will certainly be a good handful of current DII players to earn their shots at the G League, but two in particular stand out as the most high-caliber, translatable NBA prospects: Daulton Hommes and Amir Hinton. Each have faced unique challenges early in their careers, but are now on the precipice of getting a shot of realizing their NBA dreams.
Read the full Early Entrant Outlook DII Special featuring Amir Hinton and Daulton Hommes here:
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