USA Basketball Junior National Team Mini-Camp Scouting Reports: Wings October 8, 2015 Jayson Tatum, 6-7, SG/SF, St. Louis, MO, Class of 2016
-Nice size and length for a wing at 6' 7” with a 6' 10” wingspan
-Continues to make progress on his body – 206 pounds of lean muscle. Has gained 15 pounds since he weighed in at 191 pounds before the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, and 40 pounds in the past three years. Big shoulders.
-Very good athlete who displays excellent fluidity and can play above the rim both in transition and the half court. Extremely agile and coordinated. Great body control.
-Elite skill level for his age.
-Comfortable ball handler who's capable of bringing the ball up and operating out of pick and roll. Not overly advanced but changes speeds smoothly. Very good burst.
-Mid-range killer. Elite footwork. Sports a high release with very good rotation. Creates separation with step backs and a slight lean on his jumper. Uses pivots.
-Impressive mid-post package. Uses spin moves, up and unders, turnaround jumpers over either shoulder.
-Should develop into an above average spot-up 3-point shooter in time given his mechanics.
-Has the tools to be a very solid defender
-Very skilled but can be a bit of a ball stopper. Relies a bit too much on 1-on-1 isolations.
-Can be somewhat predictable at times. Has a tendency to catch on the perimeter, drive left, and either take a two-dribble pull up or go into a brief post up and eventually take a mid-range pull up while drifting to his left.
- Not the most willing passer. Has some vision but wants to score. Gives it up when he has to, and isn't overly creative with his passes.
-Isn't all that comfortable taking (and making) catch and shoot threes with regularity. Very solid mechanics just needs to improve his shot preparation and the speed of his release. It's more about developing a catch and shoot mindset instead of immediately dribbling and trying to get to mid-range spots.
-Hasn't completely tapped into his defensive potential quite yet.
-Fairly quiet on the floor. Not the most vocal player.
Outlook: Tatum took the Mini-Camp by storm early and often as he thoroughly dominated the first session, sporting an improved frame, added explosiveness and the skill set that scouts and coaches alike have become accustomed to seeing. When Tatum was rolling, he did virtually whatever he wanted on the floor and looked the part of a potential #1 overall pick. As the camp progressed, however, Tatum began to show some small holes in his game – namely spot shooting and shot selection. The 2016 Duke commit proved that he still has some areas of his game to improve upon, but there's no doubting his physical profile, skill level and production at the highest level. Tatum should be a significant contributor in the ACC once he steps foot on campus and is likely to be a very high pick whenever he decides to enter the draft. [Read Full Article] 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship Scouting Reports: Small Forwards July 9, 2015 Jonathan Givony
-Great size for a wing at 6-8 in shoes. 200 pound frame that will fill out nicely in time
-Incredibly fluid and mobile athlete. Silky smooth
-Quick jumper. Surprises you with his ability to get up and make plays around the rim. Way more explosive than you'd expect on first glance
-Tremendous ball-handler in open court. Huge weapon in transition. Ignites the break on regular basis
-Shows nice potential in pick and roll and isolation situations
-Can make shots with feet set and off the dribble. Hit 40% of 3-point attempts on limited number of attempts at U19s. Career 76% free throw shooter already
-Great feel for getting in the passing lanes. 3.2 steals per 40. Also shows terrific anticipation skills for blocks (1.5 per-40)
-Two years younger than much of the competition as a 1998-born player.
-Doesn't know how to use his tools consistently in the half-court at the moment
-Can't always finish everything he creates around the basket. Lacks a degree of strength and toughness. Shies away from contact at times. Made just 35% of attempts inside the paint in the half-court
-Barely got to free throw line at U19s
-Needs to improve the quickness of his release on jump-shot, both with feet set and off the dribble.
-Career 28% 3-point shooter. Will become a good shooter in time, but not automatic quite yet
Outlook: Superbly talented wing player with a terrific skill-level and feel for the game. Effortless athlete for whom everything comes easy.