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Jaden Ivey Purdue

Ivey had a tremendous season and has the ability to be one of the best players in college basketball next season. Furthermore, his 3pt shot was only at 25.8% but showed the ability to improve it throughout the season and made big shots when necessary. Additionally, he does a really good job of running the floor in transition spotting up or pushing it with the basketball. Next, he has the size and physicality to get into the lane being able to finish effectively through contact. Continued, the dribble penetration against individual defense is good and he can break down the defense off the bounce.

The growth in his game would be more efficient and being more consistent with his shooting. The best aspect of Ivey is knowing when he needs to take over the game he is capable to do so from all three levels. His growth offensively will be vital to him reaching the potential as one of the best players in the country. As for defensively, he has the size and athleticism to continue to develop on that end. The consistency with positioning and locked in an effort at crucial times would elevate him to another level of a defender. Jaden Ivey will be looking to lead Purdue to a Big Ten and a deep NCAA tournament run.

Bryce Thompson

Thompson has really good size and potential to develop into a really good player. Continued, missing part of the season due to a broken finger did not help the growth of his game. Now, he must improve his ability in his perimeter jumper only shooting 22.2% from three and being more effective. Next, his athleticism is there showing the ability to get to the basket and be a productive driver. Additionally, he can develop into a very good player in transition with the ability to get to the basket and create for others. Thompson will be able to break down the individual defense in time becoming a difficult matchup for defenses.

The development of his jump shot is the biggest challenge for his growth in his game. As for defensively, he has the size and athleticism to develop into a very good perimeter defender. The activity he plays with on and off the basketball matches his ability and he will be one of the best defenders in time. Bryce Thompson will look to have a major for his next school.

Azuolas Tubelis Arizona

Tubelis brings a really good size and skill set who is going to develop into one of the best players in the PAC 12. Next, he has the ability to play inside and out with an improved three-point from 31.0% he would be able to elevate his game. Furthermore, he has good touch around the basket with the ability to get post positioning. Continued, his ability to finish through contact more consistently will be key for Tubelis moving forward. Additionally, he can be used in ball screen actions to get mismatches on switches and popping out to the perimeter.

Also, he does a good job of moving without the basketball being in a position to score. As for the defensive end, he needs to improve his quickness and mobility on the perimeter to get out shooters. Next, he needs to be able to contain the ball on the perimeter more against wings and forwards that are capable of attacking. Azoulas Tubelis has a lot of potential on the offensive end to be a very productive player at Arizona.

Kerr Kriisa Arizona

Kriisa was only able to play in eight games and showed glimpses of his overall potential as a lead point guard. Further, he has good size and has the feel to be a playmaker at his position, he will need to have more consistency with making great decisions. Continued, he is definitely capable of being a good three-point shooter especially off the catch shooting 36.8% from three. Next, his improvement in scoring off the dribble will be key for Kriisa to be more well-rounded.

Additionally, he does a really good job of making quick decisions with his shot and the release matches that quickness. His ability to create dribble penetration to score in the lane and get others involved needs to improve. Now defensively, he needs to improve the ability to contain the basketball and being in the best position possible. Also, his strength must improve to slow down drives and handle the physicality. Kerr Kriisa will be one of the best point guards in the PAC 12.

Bennedict Mathurin Arizona

Mathurin had a strong freshman season at Arizona and will look to build on that in his sophomore season. First off, he has really good physical traits being a really effective rebounder with his size and activity. Additionally, he shot the basketball really well from three off the catch and dribble at 41.8%. Next, he plays with a really good pace and feels with the ability to operate well in ball screens with decision making. Moving forward, the area in which he could be even better is getting to the basket more consistently with the athleticism to finish.

Also, he runs the floor in transition really well being able to spot up and get to the rim. Mauthrin’s offensive potential is extremely high and will be the lead catalyst for Arizona next season. Now defensively, he has very good size and length disrupting guards on the perimeter. Additionally, he moves well and has the versatility to guard multiple positions, his strength and positioning at times could improve. Bennedict Mathurin will be one of the best wings in college basketball going into next season.

Cam Hayes NC State

Hayes is really good with basketball and is capable of making plays happen on the open floor. Next, he has really good quickness with the basketball allowing him to get to the basket, however, he needs to finish more effectively around the basket through the defense. Additionally, he shot the ball well from three 36.4% whether in transition or directly off the catch. Continued, he needs to be more efficient as a playmaker for others with limiting his turnovers.

Also, he has the ability to be dynamic in ball screens being able to get to the rim or midrange. Hayes plays with a really good pace, if he can get been higher percentage shots it would help his overall efficiency. As for defensively, he brings really good activity on and off the basketball. Now, the improved positioning at times would increase his production defensively. Cam Hayes has the potential to elevate into one of the best guards in the ACC overtime.

Cam Hayes - 2020-21 - Men's Basketball - NC State University Athletics

Adam Sanogo UConn

Sanago has really good toughness and size-matched with pretty good athleticism to be productive in the interior. Furthermore, he could take the next step with efficiency around the basket with only shooting 55.4% from the field. Continued, the ability to score with more ease would go a long way, and being able to finish through contact more often. Additionally, the development of his skill set inside would benefit his scoring ability and be more calculated.

Continued, he brings good effort on the boards and can help with 2nd chance opportunities. Also, he does a good job of diving and slipping to the basket finishing well in those scenarios. Sanogo can be really productive in high-low opportunities with getting good positioning. Now defensively, brings good mobility out on the perimeter being great in ball screen coverage. Also, he has the ability to disrupt drives and rebounds effectively. The productivity on the defensive end for Sanogo is very good. Adam Sanogo will look to be one of the best bigs in the Big East next season.

Tramon Mark Houston

Mark had a good freshman season and will be accounted to take a larger role with the departure of Quinten Grimes. First off, Mark needs to improve his ability to make shots off the dribble. Additionally, his three-point shooting needs to take the next step forward only shooting 26.0% from three. Furthermore, he has good size to elevate into his size brings the ability to be a factor around the basket. Next, he is a factor on the offensive glass being able to contribute to second-chance opportunities.

The growth in his game would really elevate with an improved jumper and being able to create separation. Mark fits the identity of Houston with having the size and physicality in his game. As for defensively, he has really good size and activity doing a great job of defending the basketball. The positioning off the basketball could take the next step to be very good defensively. Tramon Mack should have a breakout season in his sophomore season at Houston.

Jaylin Williams Arkansas

Williams has really good athleticism and plays with great energy on both ends. Furthermore, he has good mobility being used in ball screens consistently as an effective roller with the ability to finish around the rim. Additionally, he has a very good length around the basket and finishes with a really good touch on dump-off passes. Next, his growth in the post as a player that can finish with skill is the area he needs to improve on.

Also, a large part of his involvement is in ball screens being able to get mismatches and advantages off of it. Continued, he could be even a greater threat in transition with his ability to run the floor and rebounding at a higher rate with his athleticism. Now defensively, he is going to need to improve his ability on the perimeter to slow down switches. As well as, utilizing his length and athleticism to alter more shots around the basket.

LJ Cryer Baylor

Cryer is going to step into a more significant role after watching Jared Butler and Davion Mitchell lead the way to a National Championship. Now, he will be filling the role of Jared Butler at the point guard position. Furthermore, he does a lot of really good things in a small sample size moving without the basketball with great tempo. Additionally, he has a really quick shot release and the ability to make perimeter jumpers at a high rate. Also, he plays bigger than his size being able to rebound effectively and create separation.

Next, his quickness with the basketball will allow him to get downhill effectively and can be dangerous in ball screens. Cryer will develop over time into time being a very good player at Baylor. As for defensively, he brings good effort on the basketball and has deceptive size. The growth defensively will take place over time within the Baylor system.

Rondel Walker Oklahoma State

Walker had a very solid freshman season and will be even more dependent on the departure of Cade Cunningham. Next, he is good of catch from the perimeter as a shooter at 33.0% from three. Further, he brings the ability to get downhill and finish through contact around the basket. Also, he does a good job of cutting without the basketball and the pace he plays with. Continued, an area he could improve is becoming a better playmaker for others.

His overall effort on both ends is really good and contributes well on the boards. The ability to attack in transition from Walker is very good getting to the rim with ease. As for the defensive end, his size and activity make him a really good defender being able to turn defense into offense. Also, the length he has makes him really good with contesting shots and the motor is extremely consistent. Walker has the potential to be one of the best perimeter defenders in the country. Rondel Walker should have a breakout season as a sophomore at Oklahoma State.

Rondel Walker - 2020-21 - Men's Basketball - Oklahoma State University Athletics

PJ Hall Clemson

Hall will look to elevate into a major contributor for Clemson next season. First off, he has good skill and posts up strong consistently. Next, his footwork in the post is effective with the ability to face up really well. Furthermore, the area to improve on would be his touch around the basket being able to finish both ways would be beneficial. Additionally, he has really good athleticism and needs to utilize more often on finishes.

As well as, becoming more of a consistent threat on the offensive boards making a more significant impact. Continued, his evolvement with the basketball could develop more with his mobility and his ability to shoot from the perimeter. Now defensively, he could improve his strength to defend the post stronger. Also, he needs to improve his positioning in the post as well. PJ Hall will be a productive player for Clemson especially offensively next season.

Davonte Davis Arkansas

Davis had a very good freshman season for Arkansas with the scoring and rebounding ability he brings. Continued, Davis has good athleticism which allows him to be really productive in transition and for rebounding opportunities. Also, he moves really well without the basketball as a cutter and the pace he plays with. Next, he uses his body well to finish around the basket with control and utilizes jump stops effectively.

Furthermore, he has the ability to break down defense well with dribble penetration and going to his right hand. Additionally, he needs to improve his shooting ability from the mid-range and three to be a more complete player. The competitiveness Davis plays with is very good and gives Arkansas great production on both ends. As for the defensive end, he plays with good effort defensively and pressures the ball effectively. The on-ball defense with his length has the ability to disrupt high-level guards. Devontae Davis will have an even better season next year at Arkansas being a focal point for them.

Jaylen Clark UCLA

Clark has really good size and physical traits that will allow him to develop into a larger role for UCLA moving forward. First off, he has the ability to rebound effectively on both ends and contribute there. Further, his improvement in his skill set with basketball would go a long way in his development especially being a more effective driver. Additionally, he will need to improve his shot to be more consistent and dependable from the perimeter. Also, the effort and toughness he plays with fits into the identity of this UCLA program under Mick Cronin. Now defensively, he brings perimeter versatility with his size to guard multiple positions. His effort on and off the basketball is really good and will make him a really good defender. Jaylen Clark should develop into a greater role for UCLA next season.

Kerwin Walton North Carolina

Walton provided a spark for North Carolina adding perimeter shooting with a team lacking consistent shooting. Additionally, he does a very good job of spotting up on the perimeter as a knockdown shooter at 42.0% from three. Furthermore, he will be a consistent threat in transition with his ability to spot up. Also, an area where he could improve is his ability to make shots off the dribble more effectively. Next, he moves well without the basketball being able to come of PinDowns and have a quick release without being rushed.

His size allows Walton to get shots up with ease over defenders. Walton will be a very dependable player for North Carolina providing consistent offense, however, could develop a more well-rounded game to be even more effective. Now defensively, he does have the size to be more effective on the ball, but he needs to improve his lateral movement. Kerwin Walton should have a very good offensive season next year for North Carolina.

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