Nate Darling, 6-2 PG/SG, Toronto, 1999
-Big-time shooter. Doesn't have the most traditional mechanics but gets great rotation and has natural touch. Unwavering confidence.
-Range beyond the college 3-point line. Good footwork. Very good off the catch, as well as off the bounce. Showed the potential to create space off the dribble.
-Impressive basketball instincts. Very unselfish in drive and kick situations. Will mix in behind the back passes when necessary. Great vision for a two-guard.
-Good feel as a cutter.
-Solid ball handler. Super impressive spin move and speed finish' with his right hand off of his right foot over length. Crafty. Isn't a stiff.
-Moves well laterally.
-Average size, length and strength for a two guard 6' 5 with a 6' 5 wingspan and 183-pound frame.
-Not overly explosive. Struggles to finish vs length. Doesn't have elite burst.
-Lacks upside and versatility defensively. Opponents go right at him. Has good feet but doesn't have a great frame or much length to bail him out.
-Can continue to become more and more versatile as a shooter.
Outlook Long-term upside aside, Darling was one of the best pure basketball players at the BioSteel All-Canadian Game. He didn't post big numbers in the actual game, but he impressed with his shooting stroke, feel for the game, and creativity in practices. With decent size for a college two-guard and a ready-made skill as a shooter, Darling should be able to carve out a role at UAB during his freshman year. Darling's physical profile doesn't scream NBA prospect' but he could very well put together a Kellen Dunhan-like career at UAB.