|Team: Saint Joseph's, Junior|
H: 6' 6"|
W: 210 lbs
(21 Years Old)
|Pick: 30 in 2016 Mock Draft|
Rank 30 in Top 100 Prospects
Rank 8 in NCAA Juniors
|Agent: Ben Pensack ||
High School: St. Patrick
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Few players have increased their stock in recent weeks as much as St. Joe's wing DeAndre Bembry, who is fresh off another very strong performance against Cincinnati in the Round of 64, with 23 points (on 14 shots), 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. He seems to have saved his best for last, after an exhilarating 30 point outing against VCU in the Atlantic-10 Tournament Championship game.
Bembry will see one of the strongest opponents he's faced thus far in his college career in #1 seed Oregon, certainly from an offensive standpoint at least. He'll likely be matched up with forwards Elgin Cook, Dillon Brooks and Dwayne Benjamin for most of the night, all of whom are very different players. Brooks is the most skilled of the bunch, but Bembry will have a significant advantage here in terms of athleticism and length. Cook might be Oregon's best matchup for slowing down Bembry, with his chiseled frame, long arms, strong athleticism and aggressive mentality defensively.
Scouts shouldn't have too many question marks about Bembry's overall talent level, as he's one of the most versatile players in the college game, possessing tremendous instincts, passing ability and underrated athleticism. He tends to float in and out of games for whatever reason, though, on both ends of the floor, looking far too lackadaisical with his intensity and effort level. His shooting has also been somewhat of a concern, as he's converted just 26% of his 3-point attempts this season and 31% for his career.
For St. Joe's to have any chance of staying in this game, they'll need Bembry at his absolute most aggressive and best, but they should feel good about the fact that they'll have the best NBA prospect on the court whenever he's in the game.
Mike Schmitz continues our coverage of the top NBA prospects in non-BCS conferences with a video scouting report on the #4 prospect, Saint Joseph's DeAndre Bembry.
Saint Joe's guard DeAndre Bembry helped himself as much as any other player at the Nike Academy in Santa Monica, CA. Measuring a solid 6' 6” in shoes (albeit with an average 6' 8” wingspan and overall frame), Bembry displayed a very versatile offensive skill set that, when coupled with his athleticism, could make him a very interesting prospect in the 2016 NBA Draft if he puts together a productive junior season.
Bembry played above the rim in transition, facilitated out of pick and roll sets and isolations in the half court, moved actively off the ball, and made enough shots (both off the catch and off the dribble) to generate some hope for him developing into a more reliable shooter. Bembry may not be an elite athlete at the NBA level, but he shows great speed in the open court and is able to play above the rim with relative ease in the half court.
But what stood out the most was Bembry's ability to make plays with the ball. Although he's not an overly advanced ball handler, the Charlotte, NC native was very comfortable distributing on the move, hitting the roll man in stride, locating spot up shooters in traffic and even throwing lobs on occasion.
Bembry is a bit stuck between the two and the three from a physical standpoint, but his natural passing instincts and ability to play with the ball helped ease some of those concerns. Bembry also has the lateral quickness to defend shooting guards at the NBA level, which more often than not defines a player's position more than anything he does on the offensive end.
What will sway Bembry's stock maybe more than anything is his jump shot, an area where he's had a lot of peaks and valleys during his two seasons at Saint Joe's. Bembry is a career 33.7% 3-point shooter (on 261 attempts) and 60.5% free throw shooter (324 attempts), but he shot the ball a bit better than his numbers suggest over the course of the three-day camp.
Sporting a fairly wide stance and an off-centered release point, Bembry certainly had his ups and downs making shots from the perimeter, but he does get very good rotation on the ball as it comes out of his hand smoothly considering the release point. The 6' 6” guard/forward made a pull up three, a step back jumper going left, and knocked down a few catch and shoot threes with a hand in his face.
Bembry certainly wasn't immune to an airball or two or a bad miss left off the bounce, but there's definitely more potential as a shooter than his numbers suggest.
Bembry has the size, athleticism, and playmaking ability scouts like to see from the two-guard position at the NBA level, and if he turns in a productive junior season highlighted by an efficient percentage from distance, he could very well work his way into consideration by the time the 2016 NBA Draft rolls around.