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Damien Inglis Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by: Jonathan Givony - President, Mike Schmitz
May 7, 2014
Scouting Report by Jonathan Givony. Video Breakdown by Mike Schmitz

Damien Inglis is one of a handful of 18-year olds to see meaningful minutes in Pro A France over the past decade. After attending the Nike Hoop Summit, and seeing his team relegated to the second division, Inglis elected to declare for this year's NBA Draft. We take an inventory of everything he displayed this season as an NBA prospect, as well as the things he still has to improve on.
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Despite being one of the youngest players in the draft, Inglis might be one of the most ready to step on a NBA floor from a physical standpoint. He measured 6-8 ˝ in shoes at the Nike Hoop Summit, with an outstanding 7-3 wingspan and 240 pound frame, figures that put him in a class of his own in terms of non-big men prospects historically according to our unique measurement database. He also has huge hands on top of that.



Inglis is a unique prospect in terms of the versatility he displays, but his best attribute from a NBA standpoint likely revolves around his defensive potential. He's got great instincts and fundamentals to compliment his outstanding size, length and strength, making him capable of guarding up to three positions (2-3-4) at the NBA level. He's just as big as many power forwards, but is capable of getting in a stance and keeping opponents in front. He's very aware and attentive both on and off the ball, showing very good feet and lateral quickness, which makes him a real playmaker in the passing lanes (1.6 steals per-40 pace adjusted) and occasionally even as a shot-blocker. Inglis ranked as the second best rebounding small forward in the entire French league despite his youth, hauling down 9.5 boards per-40, something he's done in every setting he's played, which makes it likely to translate to the NBA level as well in some capacity.

Inglis' ball-handling in the open floor, passing ability and basketball IQ are likely his biggest selling points offensively. He's operated as somewhat of a point forward growing up, racking up assists at a very high rate in turn, even if he didn't get much of an opportunity to show that at the pro level this season. His strong frame allows him to bulldoze his way into the lane and make plays for teammates, as he's extremely unselfish and has a knack for finding the open man, showing the ability to make plays with either hand.

With that said, there are some question marks about the role Inglis will play in the NBA offensively, at least in the short term. While he's incredibly powerful, he's not what you'd describe as a freakish athlete in terms of his sheer quickness or explosiveness, which can get him into trouble at times when he puts the ball on the floor and attacks the paint in the half-court. Inglis turned the ball over on 24% of his possessions this season, the fourth highest rate of any of the players in our Top-100 rankings. He still has work to do on polishing his ball-handling against set defenses, improving his experience-level, and making good decisions.



Inglis shot 39% for 3 in France this year, and appears to have solid mechanics, but really struggled to make jumpers all week long at the Nike Hoop Summit practices, scrimmages and game. His release is fairly slow, and his touch leaves something to be desired, which is an issue in today's NBA which revolves so heavily around perimeter spacing. Inglis' ability to become a legitimate threat with his feet set from NBA range is likely the biggest key to him becoming a valuable contributor.

On the plus side, Inglis is the sixth youngest player in our Top-100 right now, not turning 19 for another few weeks. It's safe to say he has plenty of room to grow still, and looks like someone who will reach his potential based on what we know about his character and work ethic. Inglis left his home country of French Guiana (a small country just north of Brazil) when he was only 13 years old, and is clearly very mature for his age. Unlike some international prospects, he speaks very good English and there are no question marks about his desire to play in the NBA. He also has a comfortable buyout and the flexibility to either come over right away or stay for another year in Europe if need be. All those things combined leave a lot of room for optimism regarding his situation and should help him if he decides to keep his name in the draft.

We've taken a more visual look at Inglis' strengths and weaknesses thanks to game film from France and the Nike Hoop Summit in the following video scouting report, courtesy of Mike Schmitz.



All of our video scouting reports this season can be found here.
 


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