The college basketball season begins this Monday, November 7th. For many players, this is a pivotal year, one that should determine their place in the eyes of NBA scouts and thus shape their future in relation to the Big League. Surprises, counter-action, explosions, injuries… Anything can happen in the coming months. From pundit Mike Schmitz to prospect evaluation enthusiasts, the scouting world will be watching every player’s every move to try to profile him and ultimately play the projection game for the draft. ‘NBA 2023 and his long-term future in the NBA. The CCS Scouting Squad is no exception to this rule and begins its season by bringing you three very particular prospects. After the favorites, let’s put aside objectivity to write with the heart: make way for the beloved ones of the editorial staff. (source: aseaofblue.com)
Date of birth : April 18, 2002 – Class: junior
University: Gonzaga Bulldogs (WCC) – Work: extreme
Cut down: 201 cm – Weight: 92 kg – Wingspan: 211 cm
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Julian Strawther starts his own third season with the Gonzaga Bulldogs. After a freshman year spent alongside Jalen Suggs and a sophomore year shadowed by Chet Holmgren, Strawther will get more exposure this season. In fact, Gonzaga should hold Drew Timme accountable for most of its offense. However, the inner fixing point it will represent will allow you to dispose of the end ticket shots and opportunities to show a wider offensive palette than he has hinted so far.
His coach, Mark Few, decided to use him almost exclusive catch & shoot since last year. If the the mechanics are not perfect (a shot that starts from quite low and a right leg that swings slightly forward), the resulting efficiency is respectable (36.5% average in 2020-2021 on 4 attempts per game). However, the 70% in free throws can ask questions That’s what I’m looking forward to this season. The Dominican winger has shown real intent at times ending in the circle. good rebounder, is not afraid of difficult matches under the circle. His physique still looks beefy but he already has attributes that make him an impact player on the field. He was able, in sequence, to show a great ability to end actions with a small float. Finally, hers intelligence without ball it is much appreciated. This criterion is essential from my point of view for it to exist in the NBA one day. Navigate between screens, play cuts, or open shooting areas there are so many arguments that could finally defend him.
So it’s a double or down season that Julian Strawther risks experiencing. It could be something else than a simple screen exit shooter ? There will be one real paper on the Zags roster or will it just be one complement to the omnipresence of Drew Timme ? So many questions that we will be able to answer next March.
Date of birth : November 7, 2003 – Class: First year student
University: Kentucky Wildcats (SEC) – Work: guard
Cut down: 193 cm – Weight: 88 kg – Wingspan: No
The criteria for bringing a player into the “beloved” category is entirely subjective and personal. As for me, I place a lot of importance on a prospect’s defensive skills, combativeness, and even animality. So, naturally, I chose to introduce you to Kentucky’s future combo-guard: Wallace House. Like many young players on Texas teams, Wallace stands out with one particularly appreciable tenacity regarding the NBA projection. Here we have an athletically impressive guy who is sure to be one defensive poison in positions 1-2. While its exact scope is not yet known, the visual impression leaves scouts dreaming and gives SEC leaders nightmares. His lateral movements are precise and crisp, Wallace knows how to disrupt a ball carrier, navigate between screens, smartly play the two and even pull off spectacular moves to tip the ball. impulse in favor of his team. It will surely be one fundamental part of the Wildcats’ outside defense next season
But Cason Wallace isn’t just one defender with elite potential. No, it’s simply the area where it shows the most certainty. The Texan has some potential in other sectors but everything is to be confirmed. Equipped with a functional handle but not elite, Cason Wallace uses his speed and physicality to create space. This season, he will have few opportunities to show his organizational qualities due to the presence of the base Shavir Wheeler. Likewise, offensively, he has good scoring potential at three levels, but that remains to be seen. Effective with and without the ball, Wallace will need to show that he can get into three-pointers that are a little more difficult than open. All in all, Cason Wallace remains one of the best two-way guards this vintage with defensive certainties that could secure him a lottery spot. And then, an underrated guard who we only loaned defensive qualities out of Kentucky, there were a few: Cason Wallace can join Maxey, SGA, Fox, Quickley…
Jaime Jaquez Jr.
Date of birth : February 18, 2001 – Class: major
University: UCLA (PAC-12) – Work: Extreme (#24)
Cut down: 201 cm – Weight: 102 kg – Wingspan: 206 cm
He has already been detailed in the scouting report dedicated to him for the 2022 draft (which you will find here), Jaime Jaquez Jr. embarks on his fourth season at the University of California, Los Angeles. After 3 seasons or so he succeeds individually and collectively, Jaime Jaquez is now aiming for only one thing: the NCAA title and nothing else. Knocked out in the semifinals in 2021 by the ogre Gonzaga and then in the third round by Caleb Love and his gang from North Carolina, UCLA hopes to reach the NCAA finals this year. For this, they will be able to count on a Jaime Jaquez back in the business.
We no longer feature Mexican-American. A burly winger who shines with his versatility and dedication on both sides of the pitch, Jáquez is the soldier every leader dreams of. Several times awarded with Pac 12 All-Defensive Team Selections for an excellent defense, is also more than just a foil in attack. Nothing elite, but no big weaknesses, no big mistakes. On a basketball court, Jaime Jaquez exudes an intelligence that allows him to always be well placed and make the necessary efforts whether to grab a rebound, set a screen or move without the ball. Last season, the player even showed great progress in the game. Indeed, accustomed to the tasks of the end of the chain and finisher, he found himself much more involved in the offensive game of his team and was able to expose good flashes on the pass.
A complete player with limited potential but at a fairly high level. Defects maybe? Yes, the shooting is fluctuating and the success on free throws questionable. This is THE point where the player will need to show progress and regularity. The defense, the rebounding, the dirty work on both sides of the court, the screens, the hustle… We know it all. Flashes on the pass is a significant asset but undervalued compared to the finishing role that potentially awaits him in the NBA. What we will see this season is the shooting. Most likely his ticket to a late first round or early second round 2023 draft spot, it’s up to him to validate that.
These three players with variable potential hold a special place in the hearts of editorial scouts. But many other players are just as interesting to watch. Some prospects are hyped, others are much murkier, and you’ll have to eat hours of not-always-pretty college game videos to try to find the rare gems, the future good role players, and the ones that unfortunately won’t make the draft. N.B.A. . A plurality of possibilities and profile of players that makes the work of evaluation captivating, and it is not to displease the fans of scouting that we are. And who knows, maybe we’ll discover some new favorites there. Have a great scouting season everyone!