There are still a lot of unsigned players in the 2023 class capable of helping out a college team next season. Here are just a few of the less heralded players from the class that still have a lot to…
There are still a lot of unsigned players in the 2023 class capable of helping out a college team next season. Here are just a few of the less heralded players from the class that still have a lot to offer a team at the next level.
Strengths: Ball Skills, Size
Breakdown: Ball has great size at 6-foot-9 and has a lot of potential as evidenced by his ability to make key passes to cutters or skips to shooters, and his ability to step outside and shoot the ball. The biggest thing holding Ball back is his mobility. He has great communication on defense but is limited in how much ground he can cover and can rarely get involved in transition.
Outlook: There is a lot of promise with Ball’s ball skills and size, but he will need some time at the next level to improve his mobility and conditioning as to not be a liability defensively. If he can conquer that aspect of his game, Ball has the potential to be a big asset offensively, as a big who can attack with the shot or the pass and from inside or out.
Strengths: Shot Blocking, Rebounding, Awareness
Breakdown: McGough is a highly underrated player who understands space on the offensive end, works relentlessly on the defensive side, and can attack in a multitude of ways. He has great size, and while he isn’t the most explosive player on the floor, he has great anticipation and timing to block shots, can put the ball on the floor and attack from outside or the block, and often times outworks opponents to bring down boards. Tahoma is a well-rounded team, so he doesn’t always put up the big numbers, but McGough has the shooting touch to hit jump hooks inside and step out to bury the occasional three from deep.
Outlook: McGough is a good fit for any style of team, with his combination of shooting touch, strength, and work rate, he has the skills to attack from various spots on the floor and is an above average post defender. He has the potential to become an even better shooter from mid-range and outside and has a great foundation to his inside game.
Offers: Tacoma Community College
Interest: University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University
Strengths: Mid-Range Shooting, Patience
Breakdown: Every time I have watched Arthur, it’s readily apparent he loves working to the middle of the floor and pulling up for the jumper. It’s where he finds his rhythm and when he’s in rhythm, he’s an excellent shooter. He’s shown some ability to stretch that range out 3-point land but needs a little more consistency there. He’s a patient player that is willing to work for the best shot and has a fair amount of moves and skill dribbling the ball to knife inside a defense and draw the attention of multiple defenders.
Outlook: While Arthur can be deadly from the mid-range, he definitely has the potential to round out his scoring attack and be more efficient from outside the arc and at the rim. Adding some more strength would do wonders for him scoring through contact inside, but also incorporating a reliable floater would help him attack some of those in between spaces inside. He’s pretty on par as a defender but doesn’t usually make the big mistake and shows some ability to make a play notching steals here and there.
Offers: Northwest, Oberlin
Interest: Pacific Lutheran University, Central Washington University, Washington University in St. Louis
Strengths: Rebounding, Physical Strength, Rim Defense
Breakdown: Seminara is a bruiser in all respects. He’s effective on the boards, can defend the rim without fouling, and sets lumbering screens to free up ballhandlers. A lot of this stems from him being a physically strong guy with a good work rate. He has good discipline defending the rim against drives, keeping his hands straight up to avoid the foul, but he can often allow post players to get too deep and needs to work to fight for position better. He can make the in close shots but needs to improve on his free throw shooting to be a more effective late game player.
Outlook: The physical tools are there, and Seminara can already offer a lot in the way of rebounding, screening, hustling, and some defense. However, he could really take a step defensively by being more aggressive and keeping offensive players from catching the ball in close. Offensively, a little more footwork and some improvements at the foul line could go a long way as he has the ability to draw contact in the paint.
Interest: Whatcom CC, Rockford University, New Hope Eugene
Breakdown: Right now, DeRosier comes across as a guy that can get hot from distance, spreads the floor for his team and can shoot with close contests. He flashes some ability to be a strong finisher going to the hoop but seems to prefer the outside shot. There are also times defensively where he uses his longer frame to make plays and has some sneaky ability to make the big play blocking a shot or getting a steal for a breakaway.
Outlook: There is potential for DeRosier to be a more complete scorer at the next level, but he has to show a bigger desire to score the ball at the rim. Part of that could be developing a better handle of the ball through traffic and working on some moves to create space inside the lane. A higher work rate defensively could also help expand his game as he shows flashes of being an above average defender who brings some strength to the guard spot.
Interest: Word of Life, Northwest University
Strengths: 3-PT Shooting, Ballhandling
Breakdown: Boyer is asked to do quite a bit within the Wildcats offense; run the point, score the ball, space the floor, and create looks for others. Because of this, he seems to take a lot of tough shots, but he does exhibit a nice-looking stroke and can extend his range far beyond the arc at times. He also does a nice job of handling pressure in the backcourt, keeps his eyes down court and makes decisions before the pressure is on him.
Outlook: Boyer has some really good skills and could fill in as a floor spacing point guard at the next level. When he looks to get shots in closer he sometimes lacks the moves to create space under tight defense. If he can improve those moves working in close, he could expand his scoring ability.
Strengths: Off-ball Movement, Activity, Inside Finishing
Breakdown: Hara does a great job moving around without the ball in all regards. He makes himself available as an outlet from pressure, recognizes cutting lanes and times them well, and keeps rotating to properly space the floor. He has room to grow offensively; his outside shot comes and goes, and while he shows good ability to maneuver around bigger players and score inside, could be even better in that regard by adding some strength to maintain balance inside and around contact.
Outlook: His activity is probably his best trait. He stays involved in the possession from start to finish, looks to mix it up on loose balls and rebounds even as a smaller guard. He has great toughness which is why adding some strength could really elevate his game and accentuate his current strengths. A little more consistency with his jumper could definitely add to his offensive profile and he is a player that can contribute on both ends.
Strengths: Shooting, Downhill Scoring
Breakdown: Haygood has had a tough season with his team finishing the year 2-15. That being said, Haygood has flashed some good skills along the way. He has great speed with the ball, and though he’s only 6’1, has great length and athleticism that helps him finish at the rim. He’s shown a nice stroke from downtown and could be a reliable 3-point shooter at the next level. The biggest area for improvement is on the defensive end. He has the tools to be a good defender, perhaps even a plus defender, but often he lacks discipline off the ball and gets caught out of position.
Outlook: There is a lot more than meets the eye with Haygood’s game. He has the talent to be a solid defender, floor spacer, and a guy who can put pressure on defenses attacking the rim and getting to the line. He looks better suited for an off-guard spot at the next level, but in the right situation could also bring a lot of energy to the court and a high paced game.
Offers: Pierce College
Interest: Davies CC, College of Davidson
Strengths: Scoring, Intensity, Playmaking
Breakdown: Allen is a well-rounded offensive player, displaying shiftiness with the ball that allows him to get inside and score at the rim or stop up short and hit back door cutters after drawing up low post defenders. He can be a streaky outside shooter and has the ability to put up big scoring games, but more generally he is a player who can mix in scoring and playmaking at a good rate. He brings good effort on the defensive end and while he might get a little over aggressive on that end at times, he’s generally a solid defender that can apply pressure at the point of attack.
Outlook: Allen feels more like an off-guard at the next level, though he can still provide some secondary playmaking, he can get caught without his dribble in tough spots and should work to keep the dribble alive longer in order to float between guard spots. However, his ability to stretch the floor is something I can see improving and he could be a reliable outlet on the perimeter and keep defenses honest. Either way, he’s going to bring great energy and has the ability to affect the game in a multitude of ways.
Interest: LC State, Whitman, Walla Walla
Strengths: Quickness, Mid-Range Shooting, Energy
Breakdown: Lorton Watkins has shown this year he can put the ball in the bucket. He’s most effective working off of the dribble and has the ability to pair his athleticism with some nice shooting touch to be highly effective from the mid-range. He has a great first step by pushing the dribble into space and beating defenders with his quickness, can stop on a dime, and stays on balance when attacking the defense. Against taller teams who can plug the middle, he has to rely more on the outside shot which can hamper his game a bit, but he displays good instincts all around and can still be an impact player in other areas than scoring.
Outlook: As long as there is some good spacing on the floor, Watkins can be a reliable scorer and playmaker. He’s great at knifing into defenses and attacking them at the heart, where he can score or draw defenders and open up passing lanes. Even if he isn’t the main option, he’s a great secondary scoring threat and is going to be a spark for his team giving good effort and energy in all other areas.
Offers: Evergreen College