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The Weekend Slate: Assessing Two of My Most Intriguing Games to Scout – NBA Draft Digest

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This weekend’s games features: the nation’s reigning and defending assist king, a possible draft riser from the A-10 and two must track long-term prospects matching up.

Let’s take a have a look at this slate.

Saint Joseph’s vs Saint Louis (Saturday, 1:00 pm)

Saint Joseph’s Top Prospects: Cameron Brown (Guard, Senior), Erik Reynolds II (Guard, Sophomore)

Saint Louis Top Prospects: Yuri Collins (Guard, Junior), Gibson Jimerson (Small Wing, RS Sophomore)

Others of Note: Rasheer Flemming (Big Wing/Big, Freshman, St. Joseph’s), Francis Okoro (Big, Senior, St. Louis), Javonte Perkins (Wing, Senior, St. Louis)

Brown and Reynolds make up top-of-the-line backcourts within the Atlantic 10. Brown, a 6-foot-5 shotmaking guard, is becoming a G league goal after establishing himself as a legitimate 3-point threat to this point this season (45% on 6.7 attempts).

Reynolds, my top St. Joe’s prospect, is playing like a number one conference player of the yr contender and a prospect able to enter his name within the draft for feedback. I can see him as a late riser on boards into the second round and absolutely someone that’s firmly entrenched on them next season.

He’s a multi-level shot-creator and scorer that’s elevated his entire game this season. Reynolds is pouring in 18.6 points and shooting at a 39% clip from three on 7.3 attempts with shooting versatility inside his attempts.

Gibson and Collins remain probably the most appealing St. Louis prospects for NBA teams. Collins, a smaller point guard, is averaging a double-double with 12.7 points and an NCAA leading 10.3 assists per game. With Kansas State’s Markquis Nowell rating second at 8.3, Collins is poised to runaway because the nation’s assist leader this season, giving him back-to-back crowns.

Clearly, Collins’ NBA role is as a facilitating guard, likely as a backup or third point guard. Despite being a superb facilitator and solid decision-maker, he’ll need to indicate improvement as a shooter to rise on draft boards (25% from 3 on a profession high 2.2 attempts per game).

Sharpshooter Gibson Jimerson’s 3-point numbers have taken a little bit of a step back this season from his 40% profession mark. Like Collins, he’s attempting a profession high in threes per game, but with more volume as expected. Jimerson is launching 7.2 threes at a 35% clip. His recent slump has definitely affected his numbers, as he’s just 2-of-20 from deep over his last three games.

Cincinnati vs Temple (Sunday, 3:00 pm)

Cincinnati Top Prospects: Landers Nolley II (Wing, RS Senior), Daniel Skillings Jr. (Wing, Freshman)

Temple Top Prospects: Khalif Battle (Guard, RS Sophomore), Zack Hicks (Wing, Sophomore)

Others of Note: David DeJulius (Guard, Grad Student, Cincinnati), Damian Dunn (Guard, RS Sophomore, Temple), Nick Jourdain (Big Wing, Sophomore, Temple), Jamille Reynolds (Big, Sophomore, Temple)

Hicks and Skillings are the very best long-term NBA prospects in the sport, probably the very best ones period, and are MUST tracks.

Skillings’ mixture of length (6-foot-6 with a reported 7-foot-2 wingspan), fluid athleticism, energy, ball skills and touch flashes are a positive match to bet on. You possibly can see flashes of how he can impact a game with them. In 15.2 minutes, he’s averaging 5.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.1 stocks.

Hicks is my favorite prospect on this game and someone teams should give strong consideration to within the second round. At 6-foot-8, he’s a knockdown shooter (37% profession on 6 attempts per game) with positional size and the tools to turn into a capable multi-positional defender. Moreover, he has a solid feel and brings priceless connective passing.

Battle definitely may very well be seen because the game’s top prospect and deservedly so. He’s a bucket getter and shotmaker (18.6 points) with a powerful, NBA ready frame and basketball bloodlines (brother of former Syracuse star, Tyus Battle). Battle can rating on multiple levels, but likes to shoot from deep (8.6 attempts per game, 34% mark) where he offers versatility as a pull-up, movement and catch and shoot threat.

In his one and only season with Cincinnati, Nolley is regaining a few of his appeal as a confident shooting and shotmaking wing (15.1 points, 42% from three on 5.9 attempts). He’s alternated between bad and good 3-point shooting seasons throughout his profession and must show teams what level of a shooter he truly is. 

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