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H: 6' 7"|
W: 200 lbs
(21 Years Old)
|Rank 42 in NCAA Juniors |
High School: The Sagemont School
Hometown: Stuart, FL
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September 13, 2012
Will Sheehey has steadily improved his game in his two years at Indiana, establishing himself as a reliable and important role player for the Hoosiers last season. Heading into his junior season, however, Sheehey will have his work cut out for him to take his game to the next level, as Indiana returns all of its top five scorers from last year in addition to a trio of top-100 recruits stepping foot on campus.
Standing 6-6 with a solidly built frame and average length, Sheehey is a good but not great athlete, showing nice explosive ability in open space or when he builds a head of steam, but just showing adequate quickness and speed in more closely contested situations. Sheehey's intangible profile is more clearly positive, as he's an efficient offensive player who brings a good feel for the game and a very high motor to the table, playing with high effort and focus on both ends of the floor.
On the offensive end, Sheehey spends most of his time working as a high-energy, off-the-ball role player, specializing primarily on cuts to the basket and straight-line drives. He does a good job elevating and finishing with power when he finds himself with an open route to the rim, though also shows solid touch when having to finish with finesse.
In addition to his slashing game, Sheehey brings a decent jump shot to the table, shooting a respectable 38.3% from three-point range on the season, albeit on a paltry 1.5 attempts per game. His mechanics are solid and he shows no issues with his range, but taking his spot shooting game to the next level by hitting a higher clip of his shots will likely be critical to his long-term potential given his overall profile.
Sheehey's shot creation skills are not a major selling point for him, as he doesn't consistently show the ball-handling, speed with the ball, or change of direction abilities to be a major isolation threat. He does have a solid array of jab-steps and up-fakes, which he uses to create separation for one or two-dribble pull-ups and straight-line drives, but is mostly just a situational threat here.
On the defensive end, Sheehey has excellent fundamentals, instincts, and focus, consistently playing up on his opponent both on and off the ball and doing a very good job staying in front of his man and contesting shots in isolation. His lateral quickness appears to be just average, but his instincts and effort compensate for that at this level, though it may become more of a concern projecting forward. Sheehey's average physical tools become more apparent defending pick-and-rolls and coming around screens, where he often doesn't have the quickness to keep up.
Looking forward, Sheehey has carved out a solid niche for himself as a role-playing wing at the college level, playing a key role for the Hoosiers throughout his sophomore season, but likely will need to make strides in a few areas of his game to find himself a similar role at the next level. Taking his spot-up three-point shooting to the next level is the most obvious thing he can do to improve his stock, but further improving his ball-handling, shot creation abilities, and defense certainly wouldn't hurt either.
After struggling with injuries at points last season, it's possible that we didn't get to see the best that Sheehey has to offer, as he suggested with a very strong showing at the competitive adidas Nations pickup games this summer. This season will teach us a lot more about his ability to solidify himself on the NBA radar screen, but he'll likely need to find a way to expand his role this year in spite of few minutes for the taking to have a fighting chance.
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