The 2020 NBA Draft will be an important event for teams to build for their future. Here is the Devin Vassell 2020 NBA Draft Profile.
Size: 6-foot-6, 190 pounds
School: Florida State
Vassell spent two years at Florida State and developed into a great player over his time on campus. Now that he has entered his name in the 2020 NBA Draft, Vassell is getting some recognition for his talents.
After not being highly recruited out of high school, Vassell became a rotational player for Florida State as a freshman. He averaged 4.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. Vassell vastly improved as a sophomore, as he averaged 12.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. His play earned him All-ACC Second-Team honors, as Florida State was a National Championship contender near the end of the season with a 26-5 record.
His great sophomore season led to him being a sought-after draft prospect. Vassell is currently projected to be a mid-first round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
He has good height and length for a wing player. Vassell stands 6-foot-6, which is solid, but his wingspan is 6-foot-10, which helps give him great measurables. His length allows him to guard multiple positions and gives him an advantage on the offensive end as well. He can get his shots up that would otherwise be contested because of his height and length.
Vassell was able to show that he is a consistent, reliable shooter from deep over his two seasons with the Seminoles. He shot 41.9 percent as a freshman and 41.5 percent as a sophomore from three-point range. His form is solid and he can even hit threes when they are contested. Vassell will be able to stretch the floor at the NBA level.
His perimeter defense is among the best in the class. He has the length and foot speed to stay in front of most players when they have the ball in their hands. Vassell averaged 1.4 steals per game last season, which is very impressive considering that he doesn’t always guard the primary ball-handler of the opposition. He can pick-pocket ball-handlers and jump passing lanes to force turnovers. Whether it is staying in front of his man or forcing turnovers, Vassell is a good defender.
Vassell weighs under 200 pounds, so he’ll have to fill out his frame for the NBA. He can guard a lot of different positions, but could struggle with bigger players if he doesn’t add strength. In the NBA, the wings will sometimes weigh close to 50 pounds heavier than Vassell. If he adds strength, he will also be able to finish better at the basket.
In college, Vassell was a good spot-up shooter and could score in transition well, but he didn’t create shots well for himself. At worst, this means he’ll be a “3 and D” player who can hit open shots and defend well. If he wants to be more than that, he’ll have to show the ability to create off the dribble by getting to the basket more often.
While he is a good defender, Vassell takes a lot of risks that end up leaving him out of position. His risks usually pay off, but sometimes his man gets open and the other team gets an easy basket. Smart teams will embrace the fact that Vassell likes to take risks and teach their team to rotate and cover for him.
Projected Draft Range: Mid-First Round Pick
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