Under The Radar At The 2017 PIT

These are some of the players that opened some eyes of scouts at the 65th annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

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Zach LeDay 6’7 235 Virginia Tech – Leday is an undersized power forward. He makes up for that with a solid frame and good length. His range doesn’t extend past 17-18 feet. He will need to develop his mid range to be more successful at the next level. He is relentless at attacking the paint through straight line drives and will challenge shot blockers. LeDay makes up for his lack of size with his high motor on both ends of the floor.

 

Tim Kempton 6’10 250 Lehigh – The two-time Patriot League player of the year showed flashes of why he was so successful at Lehigh. Kempton is a very physical player. He can post players up or even be effective in the mid range. He is still extending his range, but has the potential to eventually be a decent three-point option if left open. Kempton has a pro body and can dish out the physicality necessary to play the center position as a pro. He should get some looks for the NBA summer league, if not he will be a solid pro overseas.

 

Emmanuel Omogbo 6’8 210 Colorado State – Omogbo is a high level athlete. Very explosive leaper and has a relentless motor. He finishes breakaways with dunks and never shy’s away from potential shot blockers. Emmanuel is not the most polished player on offense. His jumper is a work in progress. His scoring comes off hustle plays or “garbage” baskets. On defense he is a work-horse. He plays solid on and off ball and has the potential to be a lockdown perimeter defender.

 

Sebastian Saiz 6’8 245 Ole Miss – Saiz is a extremely long 7’5.5 wingspan. He is an average athlete that lacks explosiveness, but makes it up with his relentless effort. Saiz has a decent mid range game extending to 17 feet, he is still working on his three-point range. He still has room to improve his post game, he needs to make more decisive quick moves and work on finishing with both hands. On defense, Saiz affects a lot shots in the paint, but may struggle with foul trouble due to being over zealous to block shots.

 

T.J. Williams 6’3 205 Northeastern – Williams has a pro ready body. He is a physical point guard and a solid athlete. He is not overly explosive or quick but understands how to use angles and exploit mismatches on the perimeter. He will need to improve as a three-point shooter however as he was just 33% this year. Williams has a solid feel in the pick and roll and has the ability to get all the way to the rim or dish it to open teammates. He is a steady point guard that also has the ability to score.

 

Jeremy Senglin 6’1 188 Weber State – Strong build, but lacks height to play at high level. He is an average athlete, but he finds ways to be effective as a scorer. He is a solid three-point shooter especially in the catch and shoot. Senglin made 11 of 23 three-pointers in the three games. His ball handling needs to tighten up, as well as his playmaking ability to get others involved. He is more of a combo guard. Senglin is a solid on ball defender. Very physical, but his lack of height and overall athleticism limits him to guarding just the point guard slot.

 

Matt Jones 6’5 200 Duke – Jones had a solid tournament on both ends of the floor. He displayed an ability to hit the three, as well as play solid on and off ball defense. Jones has potential to be a solid 3&D type player. He looks like a safe bet to play overseas and carve out a solid career. His limited playmaking ability and isolation capabilities would make it extremely hard for him to advance to the NBA level.

 

Erik McCree 6’8 226 Louisiana Tech – McCree is a flat out scorer. He needs to extend his range and work on his three-point jumper. Anywhere from 18 feet and in McCree has a consistent stroke. He is most effective when driving to the basket. As a solid athlete and a having a strong frame, McCree has the ability to finish in the lane or draw contact to get to the line. He will have to put more work in on defense to prove he is more than a one-dimensional player.

 

Troy Daniels Notes

Troy Daniels Carving Out A Role

A couple years ago in the 2015 NBA Summer League I took notes on some players and Troy Daniels was one of them. He intrigued me. He seemed like the purest shooter that I watched, but seemed one dimensional.Well guess what he may be one dimensional but he has carved out a very important role for the Memphis Grizzlies. He is their sharp shooter and reliable bench contributor. He has also hit several big shots this year already.

Here are the notes I took on him. Nothing too deep, basic stuff but its looking pretty accurate.

Troy DanielsCharlotte Hornets

  1. Strengths: Three point shooting, High basketball IQ, Takes good shots, Plays like a veteran
  2. Weaknesses: Defense, Not a point guard but small for a shooting guard (6’4), Three point specialist but not much else, Ball handling needs to be better for his size, Not very athletic
  3. Outlook: As of now on Charlotte’s roster, but if he doesn’t show too much more than just his shooting ability he may not stick due to Charlotte having a lot of wing players. If he can learn to play spot point guard minutes his value will greatly improve. Right now he is just strictly a three-point specialist.
  4. Career Projection:
    1. Best Case 10ppg 2.5 3pg 2apg
    2. Realistic Case   6ppg 1 3pg .5apg

Player Comparison: Gary Neal

So this season he is averaging 10 ppg., 1.5 rpg, .8 apg, 2.3 3pg., 41% from 3 and 81% from the foul line. If he continues to get an opportunity to develop with Memphis his ceiling may be higher than I originally thought. Daniels is a great example of ceasing an opportunity and showcasing his one premier level skill, his 3 point prowess.