GET TO KNOW DRAFT PROSPECTS – Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere
Fr. Kentucky 6’11 225lb

– Born in Haiti, moved to US after Earthquake in 2010
– Family trapped under wall after the earthquake collapsed their house
Stats
15.8 MPG
6.6 PPG
3.1 RPG
0.3 APG
0.9 TPG
.516 FGP
.661 FTP
4.2 BLK/40
7.6 PF/40
Strengths
Physically Gifted
– 7’2.5” wingspan
– 9’0” standing reach
– Able to finish above the rim
– Light on his feet and soft hands
Offensive Skill Set
– Smooth with good balance and touch
– Uses good footwork and TOUCH
– Jump hooks using either hand
– Shown flashes from NBA 3 point range
– Able to knock down turn arounds
Defense
– Able to cover a lot of group
– Stays vertical when contesting shots
– Uses instincts well
– Very raw but has ton of potential
Upside
– Intriguing tools and skill set
– Played very little basketball before coming to UK
– Improve spacing and rim protection

Weaknesses
Toughness/Strength
– 5.7% fat, very skinny in chest and rear
– Lacks mental toughness
– Lets some player drive through him on the way to the rim
– Can’t contain on mismatches, burned easily
– Limited upper body strength and tries to avoid contact
Defensive Rebounding
– Can sometimes lose focus on defense and rebounds
– Struggles in challenging spots where loses positioning boxing out
– NOT PHYSICAL ENOUGH
Offensive Polish
– Drives straight into defense
– Always looks to dribble first
– Poor spacing
– Still putting everything together
Fundamentals on Defense
– Lacks discipline
– Bites on fakes
– Caught ball watching
– Slow reaction

3 Things to Know
– Upside and Potential- While Skal may look underwhelming to some with a limited skill set entering the draft, he’s only played basketball for a limited time and the skills he’s already developed are impressive enough that he can polish them for an even greater upside. His jump hook is one aspect of his game that is impressive already.
– Toughness- Skal’s biggest question mark during his rookie year will be towards his toughness. Too many times did he get bullied by other big men while at Kentucky on both defense and offense. On defense especially, he tends to get handsy and foul too much.
– Mental Game- Skal’s mental game needs to improve in order for him to find success. He makes simple fixable mistakes that need to be corrected like biting on pump fakes, yet it extends all the way to the hard parts of bouncing back when things aren’t going his way. Skal hasn’t played basketball that long so with time his IQ should improve. He just needs to get more adjusted to the competitive game of basketball. He explained that when he arrived in the states he noticed how much more serious the game is here than in Haiti.

GET TO KNOW DRAFT PROSPECTS – Wade Baldwin

The following was put together by Leif Thulin and Garrett Furubayahi by scouring all draft sources and making a compilation of the player.

Wade Baldwin
6’3 194 So. Vanderbilt Guard

Stats:
30.4 MPG
14.1 PPG
5.2 APG
4.0 RPG
1.2 SPG
2.8 TPG (67->91 between fresh & soph)
.799 FTP
.427 FGP
(Fox Sports)
Strengths
Physically Gifted
– 6’10 wingspan
– Big hands
– Wide shoulders
– Length gives him an advantage at the rim
Defensive Ability
-Good feet
-Good close out
-Deflections
-Get through screens
-Can guard both positions
(Physical gifts lead to a HIGH ceiling to be a huge defensive presence)
Passing
-Distribute the ball well through variety of ways off of pick and roll or pick and pop
-Able to find shooters while on the move
Shooting
-Good range
-Better shooter with feet set
– Good spot up shooter if defender goes under screen
Weaknesses
Creating Offense
-No floater (5 all season)
-Predictable
-Poor finisher
-Ball Handling
(Limited control, limited moves, NOT SHIFTY)
Inconsistency
-Lazy on defense
(Sometimes gives up after a few steps or doesn’t)
-Shooting motion isn’t always the same leads to poor shots
Decision Making
-Sometimes telegraphs passes
-Can be careless & panic
-Looks to pull up WAY too early in shock clock
(Draft Express)
3 Things to Know
Physical Profile
-Wade’s 6’10 wingspan gives him amazing versatility and the ability to guard the 1-3 positions in the NBA as well as the ability to finish around the rim (doesn’t always though, but length helps).
Defensive Potential
-Wade showed in college his ability to be a top notch defender through his techniques and actions. He’s already shown he’s a GOOD defender but his ceiling could allow him to be an EXCELLENT defender if he works out a few inconsistencies
Passing Ability
-Wade showed the variety of ways he can distribute the ball, especially by finding different ways to hit the roll/pop man off of screens. Wade needs to learn to make better decisions by staying calm in pressure situations and not being careless with the ball.

Questions:
What insights and life lessons did you gain from making the varsity team your freshman year, after basketball was your “worst” sport growing up?
What influences did your favorite athlete growing up having on your development as an athlete yourself?
Describe how watching your friend and high school teammate KAT helped motivate you in your own journey.