Summer is coming, it’s time @m_jordan9 brings us closer to a few university players who could end up in FEB Leagues. Where to start? Well, nothing better than the NCAA-DII and, specifically, the seniors/super seniors non-community with an interesting profile to land in the men’s FEB Competitions or, failing that, in some other European league. Without further delay, let’s get down to business.
1998 / 188cm
35 mi, 22.9 st, 6.6 re, 4.8 ace, 1.6 ro
For three years he played DI at UALR, but it was with his arrival at DII (20/21) when he began to stand out abruptly. It’s about a combo guard lightweight-looking scorer who in pros must turn to ‘one’ full-time. Player who likes to have the ball, good change of pace, repertoire of feints, penetrates like a flash to the rim and knows how to protect himself, although sometimes he gets into the cave of the wolf and cannot finish. He controls any distance well, shooting from three with ease, although he needs more consistency; because of his style of play he takes a lot of fouls. Capable of attending. He knows how to steal balls. In the professional world he will need to raise his performance back and improve his decision making.
30 mi, 18.9 pt, 3.6 re, 3.3 ace
He has been standing out at his university for several years after a first year at JUCO. Greatly benefited by the style of play of his team, he enjoys the open field, where his speed and skill with the ball do a lot of damage to the rival. brave in the Q&A and in 1×1, with an effective shot after bounce, he is capable of scoring from a distance from standing still, even from eight meters. Back, he has shown himself to be a catchy player and is able to assist with his penetrations, although in the professional game he will have to mature his control of the tempo of the game and increase the consistency of his outside shot.
1999 / 183cm
Northwest Missouri State
37 mi, 23 st, 2.4 k, 4.3 ace, 1.5 ro
The DII megastar who gave up the siren songs of powerful DI projects to finish the cycle where he started, at a level that led him to play the prestigious PIT. Enormous level, we are talking about a point guard with a good physique, high IQ, great handling of the ball and dangerous shooting, with a game of Q&A that makes a difference. His individual technique, changes of rhythm and reading of the game make him create or look for his zone to shoot without problems (4 triples scored per game, 41% T3). He has no problem getting through the boat to the rim or finding the best solution for the team. Back is a player who responds by intelligence and speed. With three DII championships and assorted player of the year titles, he’s league fodder top European at least, if it does not finish higher after signing for the summer in the NBA.
1998 / 185cm
34 mi, 25.6 pt, 3.9 re, 3.1 ace, 1.4 ro
No less than fourth center for DII’s top scorer. After going through DI (North Dakota and South Dakota St) and standing out in JUCO, this has been his year. A base that the word that he has in his hands is points: without problems to score from any distance, with his good handling and dribbling He slips through the rival defenses with that amazing ease that joins his good percentages. But it is also that his strongest point is his ability to draw continuous fouls on rivals with his low bounce and speed, being the player who scores the most free throws in DII (enormous 84% TL). A lightweight player, perhaps the physical plane is his biggest handicap, as I could see, for example, against a DI like Kansas; in many leagues his style will work, but in others like the LEB to play as ‘one’ he will need more than just points.
36 mi, 20.7 st, 5.2 r, 2 r
He began by standing out in Presbyterian his first two years, to later reach Embry Riddle, where he already stood out in the 19/20 season. The truth is that, if I were a sports director cd LEB, I would look at him. He bases with great elegance in his actions, with good handling of the ball accompanied by a good vision of the game, with the ability to Q&A, split defenses and double, or threaten from the outside with your outside shot. Without being a base director to use, he knows how to play, exudes class, responds behind and is a player to aim for.
34 mi, 20.4 st, 2.6 k, 3 ace, 1.1 ro
Of this list of players DII is the purest shooter. He is a low ‘two’ reminiscent of players like Ben Stelzer and a few other shooters who we mentioned almost a year ago. A player capable of scoring from any point and generating danger with or without the ball. Much catch and shoot from the triple, he is able to take advantage of the advantages to shoot from the middle distance or, with the ball, face in 1 on 1 to go to the hoop by skill. It will be necessary to see how he responds in more physical competitions than D2 and if he can go beyond the one-dimensional role, but that shooter profile is usually quoted and is undoubtedly worth it.
37 mi, 19.7 pt, 7.6 d
Five seasons scoring in double figures speak to his reliability. It’s about a swingman All-terrain, very vertical looking for a basket, with good springs to rebound, who takes advantage of his body very well to post quickly, perfect moving without the ball, running the track or taking advantage of the screens to get an advantage and go inside. He lavishes little from the triple, but his shooting mechanics are fluid (he scores from 5-7 meters) and he looks like he’s progressing in professionals.
North Carolina Pembroke
28 mi, 15.6 pt, 9.4 re, 1.9 rt
He began his career standing out in DIII and after his year Freshmen jumped to DII where has he gone in crescendo. He is a very interior player, a two-meter 4-5 with good springs and a fibrous physique but without many kilos. Despite his size, he has good defensive activity, ability to recover position, get to the assists and an excellent timing stopper. In attack he reaches 71% effectiveness, but he is more of a finisher, his work of putbacks or the fight in posting, more than technique and class, being able to run the transition. With no shooting range currently, little face game and his size, it seems ideal to start his career in a competition like Silver and see how far he can go.
1998 / 206cm
31 mi, 22.9 pt, 13.0 re, 1.4 ace
One of the most dominant interiors in DII, although I doubt that it will reach those 206 centimeters, rather it will be around two meters, but it has a very wide upper body that makes it practically impossible to move it if it gains position or perfectly blocks the rebound. In addition, he manages his body well, the game with his back to the hoop turning to both sides and producing (61% T2) or the cuts without the ball, holding up very well the contacts to repeatedly serve 2+1. In defense, he acts as a wall in his radius of action, although he suffers on the move. Spectacular numbers in college that will have to be checked if he manages to maintain a certain potential in middle leagues, although he has plenty of resources in the post.
29 mi, 19.1 st, 5.8 re, 1.6 ace, 0.8 ta
He is a player who has been performing for years. A 4.5 with good size and, above all, a very good hand. Capable of receiving inside positions or opening on the pop, without much explosiveness, he does manage good placement and can try to face or post against physically inferior players, being easy to draw fouls from his defenders (with the insurance that his 86% TL supposes). He is not an excellent rebounder for his size, but that wrist can open several doors for him (2 triples per game, 45% T3).
Other notable players
- Joe Smoldt (183 cm / Upper Iowa: 18.0 pt, 2.7 ace)
- adam dworsky (180 cm / Southeastern Oklahoma: 17.7 pt, 6.8 ace)
- Brent Pegram (180cm / California, PA: 17.4pt, 4.3as)
- phoenix shackelford (188 cm / California St Poly Pomona: 33 mi, 16.4 pt, 3.4 as)
- Burke-Putnam (190 cm / Oklahoma Baptist: 34 mi, 20.0 pt, 5.5 d)
- Jalen Burgess (193 cm / Dominican NY: 34 mi, 19.7 pt, 7.3 d)
- Sammy Barnes-Thompkins (190 cm / New Mexico Highlands: 28 mi, 20.1 pt, 3.2 as)
- parker-hicks (198 cm / Lubbock Christian: 19.3 pt, 8.8 d)
- Jalen Seegars (196 cm / Fayetteville State: 16.2 pt, 5.4 d)
- Malik Duffy (203 cm / Boy St: 16.4 st, 7.5 d)
- Blake Seits (196 cm / California State San Marcos: 16.8 pt, 4.8 d)
- Isaiah Wade (201 cm / Central Oklahoma: 19.1 pt, 8.4 d)
- Tyler Riemersma (203 cm / Augustana: 18.5pt, 11.1d)
- Jake Van Tubbergen (201 cm / Grand Valley State: 17.2 pt, 10.6 d)
- Daytone Jennings (206 cm / California State San Bernardino: 14.0 pt, 9.3 d)
As always, in the other divisions there are also interesting players who will seek their place in the professional game. In NCAA-DIII the name has been Ryan Turell (201 cm / Yeshiva: 27.1 pt, 5.5 d): the Jewish shooter is torn between playing in Israel or trying the NBA dream after playing the PIT; another good player is the multipurpose Marcus Goshawk (188 cm / Mass Dartmouth: 17.5 pt, 9 re, 7.9 ace, 2.5 ro).
At NAIA we highlight the physical power of Kevin Blaylock (1994 / 198 cm / William Penn: 20.8 pt, 10.2 d) or the good numbers of Ryan Batte (198 cm / Thomas More: 21.5 pt, 7.4 d).
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