DraftExpress NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Denzel Valentine, Stats, Comparisons, and Outlook
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Denzel Valentine
Team: Michigan State, Senior
PhysicalsPositionsRankings Misc
H: 6' 5"
W: 220 lbs
Bday: 11/16/1993
(21 Years Old)
Current: SG
Possible: SG
Pick: 47 in 2016 Mock Draft
Rank 60 in Top 100 Prospects
Rank 8 in NCAA Seniors
RSCI: 96
High School: JW Sexton
Hometown: Lansing, MI

Predraft Measurements
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2015USA Pan Am Team6' 4"6' 6"2206' 10"8' 7"NANANA
2015Nike Skills AcademyNA6' 5.5"2236' 9.5"NANANANA

Basic Per Game Statistics - Comprehensive Stats - Statistical Top 25s
2014/15NCAADenzel Valentine3933.

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July 2, 2015
Mike Schmitz

Valentine separated himself as one of the best pure passers at the camp, showcasing excellent court vision and overall feel for the game. The Michigan State standout is very comfortable as the primary ball handler and distributor, despite his struggles beating his man off the bounce consistently. Valentine moves the ball, can play pick and roll, and sees plays developing a step ahead of almost every other wing at the camp.

Valentine certainly isn't perfect with the ball, as he will oftentimes try and thread the needle or get a bit sloppy making the simple play, but as an overall basketball player and distributor there's a lot to like about the Lansing, MI native. He's crafty, plays at different speeds, and knows how to use his body in tight spaces.

But while his passing most certainly impressed, Valentine didn't shoot the ball all that well overall, an area where he'll need to be nearly knockdown to make it in the NBA given his body type and limitations as a finisher and shot creator. Valentine can most certainly make shots (41.6% from three as a junior with natural touch) but he doesn't have the most natural stroke as he has some slight, unnecessary movement in his mechanics and doesn't have a very consistent release point.

Valentine also has his struggles defending quicker guards, one of the biggest reasons he may end up on the outside looking in as an NBA prospect. As a pure basketball player Valentine brings a lot to the table offensively, but he'll have to work on his body and really become a knockdown shooter to make it in the NBA. Valentine's skill set is very well suited for the Europe, where he'll most definitely have the opportunity to turn in a long and successful career if things don't work out for him on this side of the ocean first.
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