Cassius Stanley – G/F – Duke
- Incredibly bouncy athlete. He recorded a ridiculous 44 inch max vertical at the combine. He can soar like no one else in this draft.
- Really solid three point shooter with room to improve. He shot 36% but has a quick release, superb footwork, and no noticeable issues.
- Thanks to his absurd leaping ability, he’s a consistent lob threat in both transition and in a half court setting.
- Really good rebounder for his size.
- Possesses tremendous defensive upside. His athleticism and willingness to compete on that end makes him a potential 2-3 position defender.
- He consistently plays hard on both ends of the court and has a great work ethic.
- Has an extremely loose handle which makes it very difficult for him to consistently create his own offense.
- Has a bad case of tunnel vision when attacking the basket and often can’t seem to make a simple read.
- Only played one year at college and is already 21 years old.
Cassius Stanley is one of those guys that I believe could be much more effective in the NBA than he was in college. At Duke, Tre Jones was the main ball-handler and Stanley was stuck in a spot-up role and really only scored off of threes and dunks. He’s still a work in progress but I really like his talent. He’s got natural athleticism that should carry him a long way and a developing jumpshot that has gotten significantly better. I think he could be a real scoring asset if he improves his ball handling ability and becomes more assertive offensively. He’s also a great defensive player who plays hard and makes smart plays. I think Stanley will continue to get better and turn out to have a really productive career.
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