2022 NBA Draft Scouting Notebook: January Edition

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2022 NBA Draft Scouting Notebook: January Edition

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2022 NBA Draft Scouting Notebook: January Edition

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Ochai Agbaji: Kansas Senior Guard 

Strengths: 

  • Strong argument for best spot-up three-point shooter in the class, picture-perfect shooting form, hits awfully contested threes with little air space, ultra-quick release  
  • Elite at relocating around the arc, terrific shot-maker on the move, dangerous C&S threat from all areas, corner specialist badge on HoF, 47% from three on over six attempts 
  • Great one-dribble pull-up shot off a pindown, can hit difficult pull-up threes or long twos against a drop coverage, overall a strong pull-up shooter, fantastic closeout attacker 
  • Athleticism in the full court stands out, excellent speed, positions himself well without the ball, uses the rim as a shield to finish, leaks out in transition in such timely ways
  • Solid off-ball defender, experience has built discipline here, has the instincts to cut off backdoors and chase his man off screens, active hands set up transition play 

Weaknesses: 

  • Full court athleticism doesn’t really translate to the half-court, looks slower with a lot less burst on drives, below the rim finisher in the half-court, less explosive athletically 
  • Shot in the high 30’s percentage-wise from three for the first three years of college, is the 47% indicative of improvement or just a major hot streak? Still has high volume 
  • Lacks a semblance of an in-between game, three-point shooting is incredibly spot-up heavy, low volume of pull-up threes and he shoots them at a decently lower clip 
  • Not an on real ball scorer at all, will play well around others but can’t create much of his own offense due to lack of space creation moves, handle, poor half-court finishing 
  • Non-threat as a passer, defense at the POA isn’t the best, can allow his man to get around screen easily with little resistance, gets blown by often and commits fouls

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