|DraftExpress: Top NBA Prospects in the SEC #11-#15 Erik Murphy Johnny O'Bryant Trevor Releford Jeronne Maymon Will Yeguete - http://t.co/wO9oUmpY|
|DraftExpress: Once again loving the work Will Yeguete is doing on both ends of the floor. Length+athleticism+big time motor. Even showing a decent feel.|
|DraftExpress: Big time athlete. Totally shut down Boric Barac. RT @basketusa: Huge dunk from Will Yeguete vs Germany (video+pics) http://bit.ly/oZMix2|
|DraftExpress: Will Yeguete only around 6-7 but is strictly a 4. Great body, long arms. Crashes the glass. Really competes. Should get some PT for Florida.|
|DraftExpress: The most effective player on France might be Florida freshman Will Yeguete. Long, athletic, aggressive. Defends. Making plays. #basketU20|
H: 6' 7"|
W: 210 lbs
(21 Years Old)
|Rank 61 in NCAA Juniors ||
High School: Florida Air Academy
Hometown: Bourdeaux, France
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|Top NBA Draft Prospects in the SEC, Part Four (#11-15) |
October 31, 2012
After barely playing as a freshman, Frenchman Will Yeguete saw his role expand significantly as a sophomore, making an impact for the Gators as a role-player with his energy on both ends of the floor, before finishing his season with a fractured left foot in late February.
A severely undersized, but extremely athletic power forward, Yeguete finished the season ranked fourth in rebounding and eighth in steals per-40 amongst SEC players. With nothing in the way of perimeter skills or post-up moves to speak of, the 21 year-old's energy, leaping ability, quickness, and length make him a versatile defender and a capable finisher on the offensive end.
The power forward's offensive game is limited to essentially just that as this point, finishing. Some 86% of his shot attempts came at the basket according to Synergy Sports Technology, with the majority of those attempts distributed between put backs and cuts. Yeguete finishes those looks at a very solid 58% clip, creating his own opportunities by outworking his man in the post and remaining active without the ball in his hands. He rarely gets to the free throw line, and makes just 36% of his attempts once there—one of the worst rates in college basketball indicating just how limited his skill-level is at this point in time.
The rising junior shows a decent feel for the game when forced to make decisions with the ball, seldom trying to do too much and showing the ability to attack the basket with simple straight line dribbles, but has a skill set that matches his limited role at this juncture. He'll need to become a more diverse offensive player to improve on his meager 8.1 points per-40 minutes pace adjusted and become a bigger part of Billy Donovan's game plan in the coming seasons.
At this point, Yeguete does his best work crashing the boards. A very good rebounder on both ends of the floor for his size, Yeguete's 11.6 rebounds per-40 minutes pace adjusted was among the top-40 marks turned in by NCAA power forwards last season. He pursues the ball very aggressively off the rim, never hesitating to attempt to rebound out of his area in traffic, doing a nice job winning the battle for position under the rim, and getting a hand on plenty of loose balls even if he's not always securing them.
Yeguete is also a standout defensive player, possessing the lateral quickness to pressure the ball and deny penetration out on the perimeter against small forwards as well as the length and tenacity to defend big men near the basket. Yeguete struggles at times with traditional back-to-the-basket scorers due to his lack of height, but his versatility is a definite asset at both forward positions. He does an excellent job getting a hand up on shooters, possesses solid fundamentals, and competes every possession, helping him make an impact in the passing lanes and force his man into some difficult shots.
With two years left at Florida, Yeguete is a prospect with clear strengths and weaknesses at this point. If he can develop the offensive skills to compliment his defensive ability and rebounding prowess, he'll put himself in terrific position to garner some attention from scouts playing for a talented Florida squad. Otherwise, there's little doubt that he'll find a team in Europe that would be happy to help him make use of his valuable French passport.
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