Trail Blazers chose Kentucky dedicated Shaedon Sharpe as the 7th choice in the 2022 NBA draft. Sharpe, who did not play in Kentucky last season, is one of the biggest lottery puzzles of recent times. Despite this uncertainty, Sharpe is considered one of the most talented athletes in the entire 2022 draft class.
If you’re looking for a traditional research report, I introduced Sharpe in a pre-draft profile in April. Given the extremely small sample of Sharpe’s gaming activities, I cannot extend this analysis. Instead, let’s look at what a few draft experts have said about Sharpe.
ESPN’s Jonathan Givony described Sharpe’s performance at his professional day last month. According to Givony, it was difficult for the talent appraisers to reach a consensus on Sharpe’s rise after the show.
The feedback on the training was varied. Several teams in the top ten said they were thrilled with Sharpe’s overall level of talent, while others said they hoped to see other parts of his game, namely his first move and strike power, because they still didn’t know enough. to give an accurate assessment of his career. Teams selected by Sharpe will be able to get to know him more in private training in the coming weeks, which should give more clarity on how exactly he is ready to help the NBA team and where he can hear his name on the draft night.
In February, before joining Blazers, Mike Schimtz paired with Givony to describe Sharpe’s NBA potential as an ESPN. It was clear that both Schimtz and Givony believed in Sharpe’s talents.
Sharpe’s size, frame, explosiveness, dynamic punch and overall scoring instincts make him one of the most talented wing prospects in this druff class, as he has everything the NBA teams expect from his position and has considerable power to grow. long-term. There is a reason he was considered the No. 1 consensus player in his high school class before deciding to reclassify and enroll in Kentucky early. In the last 15 years, no recruitment has been selected outside the top 10 for the Consensus Services Recruitment Index (RSCI) No. 1, with most of them selected in the top three. There is nothing in Sharpe to suggest that his case should be different. NBA teams consider him a lottery voter and potentially even in the top five, depending on how the rest of that class develops over the next four months.
After the selection, SB Nation member Ricky O’Donnell explained that Sharpe is a high-pitched player with many unknowns and a tendency to make controversial shots.
Sharpe is a mysterious man in this class after enrolling in a Kentucky mid-season course next year No. 1 and deciding not to play. It has a great frame with a 7-foot wingspan for a nearly 6’6 height shooting guard. He has a ridiculous jumping ability and can play far over the edge. He also has a soft touch of a three-point throw. What else is Sharpe doing? Who knows. His NBA debut will be filled with the last game of the year. There are big questions about Sharpe’s sense of play, defending translation, and what kind of feeder he is. It must have seemed that he too often accepted heavy blows at the high school level, even if those blows often went in. However, we give this option a high rating because of Sharpe’s tools. With the right amount of patience and development, Sharpe can eventually become a really good player who does things you can’t teach. It’s a nice uprising for the Blazers, even if it’s a risky choice.
Based on the pre-draw leaderboard, it looks like Blazers was the 7th best player available. Both Sharpe and Dyson Daniels worked in Portland before the draft. Finally, Blazers decided to roll the dice for Sharpe.
With Sharpe, the Summer League is mandatory for TV shows. Hopefully, these trips will provide an overview of Sharpe’s ups and downs.
Hidden value in the second round
After exchanging the 46th option with the Nuggets for the second round selection in 2024, the Blazers added to their draft by choosing Colorado striker Jabari Walker. Walker, the son of 10-year-old NBA veteran Samaki Walker, filled out a statistics sheet while in Pac-12.
After measuring with last month’s combine, the Walker’s wingspan is 6’8 “and the wingspan is 6’11”. He put this frame to use inside the arc in his second year of university. Walker is a setback for both the offensive and defensive elite. According to KenPom’s ratings, Walker’s defensive percentage ended 11th in the country.
Together with the work done on the board, Walker scored an average of 14.6 points in the game and hit 46.1 percent. Walker is a soft-touch floor spacer that shows that it can take the next level of success in this area. Last season, he hit 34.6 percent of the three-point attempt. Encouraged by this production, Walker earned a second place finish in the All-Pac-12 first team.
Moving forward, Walker is an interesting two-way progress with clear skills leading to the NBA.
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