|Team: Dayton, Senior|
H: 6' 6"|
W: 210 lbs
(22 Years Old)
|Rank 89 in NCAA Seniors ||
High School: Anderson Collegiate Vocational
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Dyshawn Pierre was one of the youngest players at this event at just 17 years old. Nevertheless, he emerged as one of the most productive players in Latvia, averaging a very efficient 17 points and 8 rebounds on 60% shooting from the field.We wrote about Pierre last summer after watching him at the U-17 World Championship in Hamburg already, and were already fairly impressed back then.
He has good size for a wing player at 6-6 to go along with a nice frame and excellent athleticism. On top of that, he's a major competitor on the defensive end, capable of guarding multiple positions and often battling fearlessly with players much bigger than him inside the paint, which helps explain his gaudy rebounding numbers.
Pierre seems to have improved offensively quite a bit since last year, particularly as a ball handler. He's now capable of creating shots for himself going left or right and scoring in both half-court and transition situations. Rarely one to go out of his element, Pierre kept his turnovers to a minimum and shot a high percentage from the floor, which is impressive considering he was two years younger than many of the players he was playing against.
The next stage in Pierre's development, and one that will likely ultimately decide what type of prospect he becomes long term, is his perimeter shooting. He did not make a single 3-pointer at this tournament and converted just 62% of his free throw attempts.
Because he plays high school in Canada, Pierre's college recruitment has been slow to develop -- his only scholarship offer at the time of the tournament was from Jacksonville University in the Atlantic Sun Conference, (according to Dave Telep). After a productive summer that has likely changed. Although we're not exactly sure to what extent.
An underrated prospect as far as his college recruiting hype indicates, Dyshawn Pierre was an instrumental part of the terrific showing Canada had here in Hamburg.
Showing excellent size for a small forward, with long arms and good athleticism, Pierre has the physical attributes needed to play at the highest levels of college basketball. He's got a nice frame and a pretty versatile game that revolves around his play on the defensive end at the moment.
Pierre is a competitive guy who can guard multiple positions. He really made his presence felt blocking shots and rebounding at a terrific rate, setting the tone nicely for his teammates. He's not particularly skilled at the moment, but he's a mature, reliable player who passes well and rarely turns the ball over. He was extremely efficient on the offensive end as well, which made it difficult for coach Roy Rana to keep him off the floor. He finished well around the basket, and he did a good job in transition and on straight-line drives. He clearly has work to do on his ball-handling skills and perimeter shooting. He knocked down just a handful of jumpers over the course of the tournament.
We'll have to see how Pierre's offensive game comes around to really get a feel for what type of prospect he is down the road, but he will surely be a hot commodity in recruiting circles as soon as more people take a look at him in the States.