Throughout March 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 April 1, 2019).
Lead Guard | 6’3’’ | 190 | Senior | Gonzaga University
PBC Consensus Ranking: NR ▶ NR
Josh Perkins is a 6’3” redshirt senior lead guard for the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Perkins, a former top sixty high school recruit out of national powerhouse Huntington Prep, has been a full-time starter in all four of his post-redshirt seasons, logging 139 starts and accumulating nearly 4,500 minutes of playing time. He has been a consistent force in leading Gonzaga to its winningest four year stretch in school history. Though he hasn’t gotten the same NBA Draft buzz as some of his teammates, Perkins is an interesting prospect in his own right.
Read the full PBC Senior Spotlight featuring Josh Perkins here:
Wing | 6’6 ½’’ | 214 | Senior | Florida State
PBC Consensus Ranking: 113 ▲ 112
Terance Mann is a 6’6 ½” wing for the Florida State Seminoles. Mann has made his name as a multi-faceted, highly impactful wing that is willing to do whatever it takes to lead his team to victory. As both an athletically and intellectually gifted wing, Mann is an appealing theoretical fit in a modern NBA that values versatility and basketball IQ more than ever. Showing tangible improvement as a shooter this season has helped build his prospect profile by tightening up one of his biggest holes as a prospect.
Read the full PBC Senior Spotlight featuring Terance Mann here:
Wing | 6’6’’ | 215 | Senior | DePaul University
PBC Consensus Ranking: 106 🔻110
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.
Read the full PBC Senior Spotlight featuring Max Strus here:
Barry Brown Jr.
Combo Guard | 6’3’’ | 195 | Senior | Kansas State University
PBC Consensus Ranking: 149 🔻156
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.
Read the full PBC Senior Spotlight featuring Barry Brown Jr. here:
Lead Guard | 6’1 ½’’ | 194 | Senior | Virginia Tech
PBC Consensus Ranking: 99 ▲ 98
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.
Read the full PBC Senior Spotlight featuring Justin Robinson here:
Combo Guard | 6’5’’ | 205 | Senior | Iowa State
PBC Consensus Ranking: 131 ▶ 131
Nick Weiler-Babb is a 6’5” combo guard for the Iowa State Cyclones. Over the past two seasons, Weiler-Babb has proven to be a versatile, plug-and-play guard that adds value and contributes to winning on both ends. He moved from more of an on-ball role as a junior to an off-ball secondary creator as a senior and continued to add value as the glue that held the Cyclones together. Weiler-Babb’s positional size, multifaceted skill set, and ability/willingness to mold his playing style to fit his team’s needs are appealing to professional scouts and will give him a chance to stick at the next level.
Read the full Early Entrant Outlook featuring Nick Weiler-Babb here:
Mid Major, Big Game
Wing | 6’5 ½’’ | 213 | Senior | Purdue Fort Wayne
PBC Consensus Ranking: 89 ▲ 71
John Konchar is a 6’5 ½” wing for Fort Wayne Mastodons. The four-time First Team All-Summit League selection and all-time leading scorer in school history came from humble beginnings a skinny, under recruited high school stat-stuffer with only one Division I offer. Konchar relayed his intent to pursue a walk-on opportunity at Notre Dame. Konchar showed out in several performances at which Notre Dame associate head coach, Rod Balanis, was in attendance, but Notre Dame was tight on roster spots it wasn’t in the cards to bring him on board at that time.
Read the full Mid Major, Big Game featuring John Konchar here:
Wing | 6’6’’ | 205 | Senior | Quinnipiac University
PBC Consensus Ranking: 138 🔻177
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.
Read the full Mid Major, Big Game featuring Cameron Young here:
Wing | 6’6 ½’’ | 190 | Senior | University of Wyoming
PBC Consensus Ranking: 127 ▲ 125
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.
Read the full Mid Major, Big Game featuring Justin James here:
Early Entrant Outlook
Combo Guard | 6’3’’ | 195 | Junior | Georgia State
PBC Consensus Ranking: 140 ▲ 139
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.
Read the full Early Entrant Outlook featuring D’Marcus Simonds here:
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