Jarron Cumberland is a senior at Cincinnati who had an outstanding junior year. When he first came to Cincinnati he made the All-Freshman team of the AAC and won the 6th Man of the Year award. His junior year he was the AAC Player of the Year, All-Conference First Team, and AAC Tournament MVP. He tested the draft waters this past offseason, gaining an invite G-League Elite Camp. After getting feedback, he decided to come back to Cincinnati for his senior year. This comes with a lot of expectations to not only lead Cincinnati to another successful season, but also improve his game and prove to scouts that he's deserving of being drafted.
Cumberland, at nearly 6’5” and 210+ pounds, primarily plays the shooting guard position at Cincinnati. He is a two-way player who has a good defensive IQ and is the main scoring option for his team on the other end. He isn’t the greatest athlete, but makes up for that with his feel of the game and his size. What makes him a special college player and a legitimate pro prospect is his ability to be versatile on both ends of the floor and be a well-rounded two-way player. This will be the focus of this report: his offensive versatility and defensive versatility.
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Cumberland’s versatility on the offensive end is what makes him special to his team. Combine that with his confidence, and he becomes a scoring threat anywhere in the half-court. He isn’t incredibly efficient, scoring .915 PPP (60th percentile) last season with a 48.2 eFG%. But he scores in so many different ways that he can get his team a bucket in nearly any situation. For example, his most frequent play-type according to Synergy was Isolation where he scored 1.014 PPP (85th percentile). His ability to handle the ball and create his own shot is a valuable trait to have, especially when your team just needs a bucket. His combination of ball-handling and size makes it really easy for him to create space and get his shot off, but time will tell if he will be able to consistently do that at the next level. He can also play off the ball and be equally effective. In catch and shoot situations, he scored 1.162 PPP (76th percentile) shooting a 57.8 eFG%. He has a good shooting range and moves well off the ball to get open looks or to create his offense off the dribble.
In the clip below, we highlight Cumberland and how he is able to score in a variety of ways.
Overall, his versatility as an offensive player both on and off the ball gives him the ability to more easily adapt and integrate himself into a role at the next level.
Cumberland’s versatility on the defensive end to complement his skills and tools at that end make him a good defender. Overall according to Synergy, he is giving up 0.78 PPP (75th percentile) on defense. He has a high IQ on the defensive end is for the most part is able to keep everyone in front of him, and then closeout effectively and consistently. He also defends well in post-up situations where he gets switched onto an opposing front-court player, only allowing 0.346 PPP (98th percentile). Being a bigger combo guard/wing with good size, he is able to hold his own and contest shots down in the post without giving up any space.
In the clip below, we highlight Cumberland and the different ways he can defend out on the perimeter, and down in the post.
Being able to switch onto any player defensively and defend in the post or out on the perimeter is something that is valuable at the next level. He needs to continue to work on staying in front of smaller, quicker guards, but has a lot of skill and potential on this end.
Jarron Cumberland could have easily started his professional career this past offseason, but instead he wanted to come back and improve his stock to possibly get drafted. I believe he is a lock to get a Summer League/Training Camp invite, an Exhibit 10, or a Two-Way Contract. I believe those were on the table for him when he entered the draft this past offseason. If he were to elect to begin his career overseas, he would be a very highly sought after rookie and would likely find his way onto a roster in one of the top leagues in Europe.
If he can improve some of his weaknesses, have another great year being focus of his team, and lead Cincinnati to another great season, I believe Cumberland could end up as a mid-to-late 2nd round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
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