CBB Today is back with another 2019 NBA Draft sleeper pick. This particular player has been lighting it up recently and is even a key piece of a top-5 team in the country. Of course, I’m speaking of none other than do-it-all perimeter man Admiral Schofield of the Tennessee Volunteers.
His running mate in Grant Williams was already profiled, so now it’s the guard’s time to shine.
Schofield has helped lead the Volunteers to a 15-1 start to this season and has solidified himself as a real NBA Draft prospect. However, he’s not getting the kind of love he probably deserves because he’s an “older” guy who’s going to be 22 come draft time.
However, that’s the reason his Volunteers are one of the top teams in the land. That and these stats:
- 17.7 PPG, 2.8 APG, 6.3 RPG
- 52.6 FG%, 46.2 3P%, 71.9 FT%
- 22.9 PER, 117.4 ORtg, 93.0 DRtg
Admiral Schofield will be an interesting case determining what teams value this year in what’s considered a weak draft class.
The 6-foot-6, 238-pounder can realistically guard two or three positions thanks to his strength and build. However, he is best guarding guys on the perimeter. He moves his feet very well and has non-stop movement on defense, which will score him brownie points with plenty of teams. His ability to guard bigger men in the post will also have teams excited about his small-ball forward potential as well.
The senior Volunteer has become a much improved shooter, which is what really earns you playing time in the NBA. He can shoot on all three levels, but struggles to score in traffic and can’t always go out and create his own shot off the dribble. What he lacks in driving ability he makes up for with posting ability. He can take smaller defenders down there and get pretty much whatever shot he wants against them with his frame and bevy of moves he has now.
Some improvements he will have to make at the next level will be to cut down on turnovers, get a quicker first step off the dribble and cut down on silly fouls. All are doable in the right system and with the right amount of work in the offseason. The young man is a tough player, with a great basketball IQ, good motor and who’s got the intangibles to succeed in the league.
For those interested, CBB Today has already profiled him strictly in college basketball terms a few weeks back.
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