Lenjo Kilo PF/C – 6’8, 240lbs – Born 31st August 1993 Delaware Blue Coats Kilo joined the G-League this year with quite the disparate CV behind him. He spent his first two college years at Division II Seton Hill (not Hall), then spent two more at the University of the District of Columbia (also Division II), then moving to Savannah State as a senior. He averaged 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game there, and thus far on his pro CV can boast the Luxembourgian second division, a stint in Paraguay, a disjointed year in Argentina and a stint in the ABA before his two games and four minutes with the Blue Coats. In theory, Kilo is the kind of player who can combine physical post and paint play with some catch-and-shoot range. But in practice, he has only played at low levels thus far, and has been foul- and turnover-prone in the process. [2020 UPDATE: Retired and returned to school to get a masters.] – 20th June, 2019 This above is extracted from the following page in the The Basketball Manifesto, an entirely free 3,775 page, 1.2 million word-ish basketball reference book which contains reviews, strategies, ideas, opinions, and a whole lot of scouting on men’s world basketball. – View tons more player profiles like this from the Manifesto here.
Terrence Drisdom SG – 6’5, 185lbs – Born 30th July 1992 Delaware Blue Coats Having spent his first two professional seasons with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Drisdom then took a year away from the G-League to play in Japan second division with the Hiroshima Dragonflies, and then returned to the Memphis Hustle to begin this season (his rights having been selected by them in the 2017 Expansion Draft). However, he appeared in only five games and 44 minutes, scoring two points with eight rebounds, before being released in early December. Picked up in mid-January by Delaware, Drisdom managed a further nine games and 114 minutes, good for 36 points in that time, before being waived with a couple of weeks left to go in the year. Drisdom showed in his two seasons with Santa Cruz that although he was not a shooter at a key shooting position, he did have some defensive awareness about him. So long as you can get others to handle the ball and space the floor, you can use Drisdom to go to the glass, help defend around the perimeter, cut the baseline and drive to his right hand sometimes. In his time with the Warriors, he was a good G-League bench player to have. Not so much this season, but then, opportunities were very limited. – 20th June, 2019 This above is extracted from the following page in the The Basketball Manifesto, an entirely free 3,775 page, 1.2 million word-ish basketball reference book which contains reviews, strategies, ideas, opinions, and a whole lot of scouting on men’s world basketball. – View tons more player profiles like this from the Manifesto here.
Rashad Vaughn SG/SF – 6’6, 210lbs – Born 16th August 1996 Delaware Blue Coats An NBA first-round pick only three short years ago, Vaughn fell out of the NBA by not hitting enough shots or playing enough defence. This is the era of the three-and-D non-star wing; invariably, teams want their role players to do both of those things. Vaughn, however, did neither consistently. A bounce-back season was thus required. One in which he had some consistent employment and opportunity to work on his individual skills, as well as better playing in rhythm on both ends of the court and knowing what to do when the ball was not in his hands. He sort of managed this, yet the advanced metrics tell the story of a player struggling to find his role. Vaughn can score the ball, and has improved as both a shooter and a finisher at the rim throughout his professional career. The problem is more one of what he does when he is not getting shots. Vaughn can get static, not moving around screens or looking to cut much, and not seeking to be a decoy. He instead seeks to be a scorer, something which becomes sub-optimal when he only has an impact on the game with the ball in his hands. Defensively, Vaughn lacks for consistent focus, and although he has the size and decent physical profile to potentially be a good defensive player on the wing, he has to want to be that more. Vaughan is still young, still aged only 23, and despite the fact that he has now played four years of professional basketball, he is younger than many of those graduating seniors we considered as being draft-worthy this summer. This in turn gives him further upside still, and he should […]
Kyle Randall PG – 6’1, 185lbs – Born 10th September 1991 Delaware Blue Coats Having completed his third G-League season now, it has been established what type of player Randall is. What he is is a reserve ball-handling point guard. He is undersized and without great leap, length, strength or athleticism – he likes to probe the lane in pick-and-roll situations, but will only really get to the basket if able to drive on a big man that switched onto him. A fairly average outside shooter, Randall will try to push the ball where he can, better able to get to the basket with a running start rather than having to get separation with the handle. He can make tough contested bankers in the lane – and kind of has to due to his size – but he does find cutting big man on the roll quite well, notwithstanding a fairly high rate of passing turnovers. His own scoring inefficiencies from all areas, however, mean having to earn back his minutes on defence, which he not necessarily done. Defensively, the lack of size makes it difficult for him to inhibit anybody’s progress, particularly if required to switch down onto anybody at any other position than point guard. Exhibiting a higher motor and trying to deflect more with his hands would help; as it is, Randall’s role in the G-League right now is to be the solid if unremarkable back-up ball-handler that can score a bit off the bounce but whom should not be relied upon to run the offence too much. After being in and out of the G-League in his first two years in it – spending the interim time in the now defunct PBL along with one year in Serbia – this year represented relative job […]
Norvel Pelle C – 6’10, 231lbs – Born 3rd February 1993 Delaware Blue Coats Pelle played in the then-D-League in his first professional season, drafted sixth overall way back in 2013 by this same Delaware franchise, then known as the 87ers. He came back for the final four games of the following season as well after a stint in Taiwan, but has been abroad since then in both the Lebanon and Italy. His return to the NBA and the G-League this summer was something of a surprise; having appeared on the summer league rosters of the Miami Heat in both 2016 and 2017, he had not surrendered to a life in European ball, but he was getting good work there, and it is rare to see someone forgo that to return to the G-League after some time away. Pelle nevertheless did so this season, going to both summer league and training camp with the Philadelphia 76ers, being allocated to these Blue Coats, and subsequently ranking second in the league in blocks per game among all those neither on assignment or subsequently called up (behind only Amida Brimah). He did this while barely playing half the game, and some years after beginning his professional career prematurely after the saga with St. John’s, it seems as though he has truly learned how to use his combination of length and mobility. The Blue Coats allowed Pelle plenty of freedom to free-roam in the back of the defence and to contest everybody. With excellent shot blocking timing, this is what he did, and Pelle also cleared the glass at a good rate. Offensively, he finished lobs thrown to him by Matt Farrell, hunted his shot little, stayed in the paint and was about as efficient as can be. Given that he is […]
D.J. Hogg SF/PF – 6’9, 215lbs – Born 3rd September 1996 Delaware Blue Coats Hogg declared for the draft last summer as a junior hoping to take advantage of the contemporary love for stretch shooting forwards in the NBA today. He went undrafted, so joined the New Orleans Pelicans for summer league, signed with the Philadelphia 76ers for two days towards the end of NBA preseason (as did Matt Farrell from the previous page; it was done purely to be able to allocate them to Delaware), and now has spent his first professional season with the Blue Coats. In this season, Hogg needed to prove that his shooting would translate, but also that he could be more than just a shooter. This was particularly true on the defensive end, where, in having a mediocre wingspan, average athleticism and a poor rebounding rate, he had never stood out. Having played largely small forward at Texas A&M to accommodate the play of Tyler Davis and Robert Williams, Hogg showed some positional flexibility to play at either forward spot, yet given his lack of handle and shot creation, the four spot may have been better suited to him. Then again, considering he is not well equipped to defend the interior and does not rebound well, maybe the three spot is better suited to him. These are the questions he had to start answering this year. What Hogg did prove this season is that the longer three-point line will not be a problem. With a smooth stroke that he can use off the catch or off screens, Hogg seeks his shots from outside regularly and consolidates with the occasional up-fake into a drive, one he normally then passes off of. A limited handler who turns it over a fair bit, and without […]
Matt Farrell PG – 6’1, 175lbs – Born 15th March 1996 Delaware Blue Coats Passionate advocates of college basketball like to cite the supposed superior effort level and defensive intensity in their defences of why it is a better, purer product than the NBA. The reality that those advocates struggle to acknowledge (or deliberately ignore) is that college basketball players do not try harder; they just are not as good or as athletic, and therefore they make it look harder. Nevertheless, any time a scrappy undersized guy dives on the floor, this validates the belief and makes them feel good about it. One such scrappy undersized guy is (or was) four-year Notre Dame point guard Matt Farrell, who just completed his first professional season here with Delaware after a short pre-season stint with Rytas in Lithuania, summer league with the Miami Heat and two days under contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. All these teams see in Farrell a genuine level of hustle combined with unselfish floor general instincts. Not having great size or athleticism, Farrell is nonetheless a good user of screens to get into the paint, and even though the defence knows that he is doing so with a view to either kicking out to a shooter, hitting the roll man or throwing up a lob to whoever is lurking near the rim – fair to say he got on well with Norvel Pelle this year – that does not make it easy to stop. Farrell will only attempt the layup himself if it is very open, yet the way he can move the defence around and keeps trying to attack and collapse is a virtue. Combined with sensible simple passing, swings, ball reversals and the like on the perimeter, pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop sets and smooth compact […]
Keenan Evans PG/SG – 6’3, 190lbs – Born 23rd August 1996 Delaware Blue Coats Fresh from being the lead guard on a Texas Tech team that made it all the way to the Elite Eight, Evans began his first professional season on the summer league roster of the Golden State Warriors, and was quickly picked up in mid-July by the Detroit Pistons on a two-way contract. However, Detroit saw fit to end it in January, and upon his return to the G-League a week later, the Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit’s affiliate) traded Evans to Delaware in exchange merely for the returning player rights to Shawn Long and Devondrick Walker. Given that Walker is a marginal GLeague talent and Long is already signed in Australia for next season, that is basically a giveaway. So what did Detroit once see that they no longer do? Those Tech teams were built on their defence, and Evans was the main defender at the point of attack. Doggedly determined, Evans played with toughness when defending on the ball and has enough size at the point guard position to theoretically be a good defender at the higher levels. He does not have top tier athleticism or length, but he sticks with his man-to-man assignments and is a willing helper. Offensively, those Tech teams that were built with athletes who could not dribble relied upon Evans to do an awful lot of the shot creation, and his dogged nature shone through there once again. Consistently making tough shots, Evans will aggressively probe and drive the lane, collapse the defence, throw kick-out and dump-off passes in a sound if not spectacular way, and would welcome the challenge of trying to unclog an often-clogged floor. A big shot maker and clutch guy, Evans would always look to […]
A.J. Davis SF/PF – 6’9, 215lbs – Born 15th March 1995 Delaware Blue Coats A.J. Davis is Antonio Davis’s son, but does not much play like him. Whereas Antonio was a bruising paint-based old school post-up type of player, A.J. is more about the perimeter game, the finesse, the handle and the shooting. He did at least inherit his father’s height, and that combined with the way he plays the game makes for an intriguing combination. After one year at Tennessee in which he recorded more fouls than points, Davis transferred to UCF for his final three college seasons, and joined the Blue Coats in his first professional season after a stint in Kosovo of all places. Although he will sometimes play in the post, Davis is more of a face-up four man. His high-arcing jump shots do not much go in yet, but they figure to be a part of his game going forwards. As of right now, Davis likes to take quite a lot of turns on the ball and in isolation, with some body control and craft to get to the rim. However, what he does lack is the ability to finish at the basket when contested, easily disrupted by length and strength. He also can get a bit wild with the handle and tends to throw passes away. To be a finesse offensive player in this way, someone whose game is based on skill rather than power and in facing the basket rather than backing down to it, the skill level will need to be improved. Davis does however have a big frame and good length, combined with a good level of mobility. He improved significantly as a defender over the course of his college career; initially a mistakeprone player with deer-in-headlights eyes frequently […]
Michael Bryson SG – 6’4, 200lbs – Born 30th September 1994 Delaware Blue Coats Bryson is the rare type of guard who certainly does not mind going down into the post. He runs the court, he runs off some screens, and he takes quite a lot of spot-up shots. Yet he also will happily go down low, despite not having the biggest size for the shooting guard position let alone any other spot, and loves to turn to a righty hook after a couple of dribbles. Not many opposing shooting guards are well-versed in contesting this, for so few guards try to regularly take their opponents down there, so although Bryson will often give up some size on the perimeter, he has his own match-up advantage in this respect. In addition to this, Bryson is also a good shooter from the outside. Rarely does he handle the ball or seek to create up top; he instead runs to the wings, trying to always make himself available for a kick-out pass and spot-up shot, and he hits a good percentage of them. He spends a lot more time moving to the corners than many other shooting guards, too. Bryson is a good athlete and smooth floor runner who keeps the ball moving, and is a better athlete when he does not have to take the ball with him. Bryson is not the type to be able to penetrate the first line of defence. He is not the isolation guy, the shot-clock saver, the go-to man. He is instead the one moving off the ball, thriving when it reverses, picking his spots, and looking good doing it. Playing defence in a similarly free-roaming fashion, he wins possessions for his team and gets a good amount of points on minimal dribbles. […]
Jared Brownridge SF – 6’3, 200lbs – Born 13th November 1994 Delaware Blue Coats David Logan was a high quality EuroLeague player for many seasons. He was a small scoring guard who could create for himself or just raise up and shoot, who shot well off the ball and someone you could turn to to get a bucket if required. Brownridge is not at that level of play in his career, yet, but he does rather emulate the style, and is now playing at a good level. Primarily a shooter, Brownridge plays a lot off the ball, working around screens and moving a defence without touching it. Also a pretty good passer out of these screens, Brownridge is aggressive without being selfish, a useful weapon in any offence. When not moving off screen action, he also works slightly off the dribble, shooting a pull-up mid-range, thus diversifying the attack to include both the catch and the dribble and can create a little bit of space in isolation albeit rarely with the intent to get to the rim. When he does get to the rim, he very rarely uses his left hand, and he prefers to be 25 feet away where he is both a shooting threat and also a good playmaker in the pick-and-roll. Undersized for a shooting guard and without elite athleticism, Brownridge keeps things moving and has a legacy of hitting tough shots; he also puts forth defensive effort to stay in front and deflects the ball without the size to intrigue at the highest levels. Logan had more leap, athleticism and slightly more reliability on the ball than this. He also did better near the rim, whereas Brownridge is more of a shooting specialist. He is however a very good one, in terms of both […]
Ryan Anderson PF – 6’9, 215lbs – Born 4th December 1992 Delaware Blue Coats Ryan Anderson is one of the best offensive rebounding specialists in the game. This was not the case when he began his career at Boston College, with a 6.7% offensive rebounding percentage as a freshman. Yet that number skyrocketed up to 16.9% this year with the Blue Coats, and the resulting put-backs made up the majority of his otherwise limited offensive game. Productive if unathletic, Anderson may not stand out offensively, but he is at least somewhat versatile. He is inefficient from every area except the point-blank range via the put-backs, yet he can at least get looks away from various spots on the court. In the post, Anderson has footwork and touch along with a hook shot over his left shoulder. He will occasionally drive from the open side of the floor on a defensive read, and is actually quite a decent face-up passer when given the opportunity. Never being all that good of a jump shooter despite his persistent attempts to be, the idea that Anderson could add a pick-and-pop game to some slow pick-and-rolling has yet to come to fruition, and although it is to his credit that he takes his time, sometimes he takes too much. Anderson is not an athlete and thus struggles to play in the full-court game, and also struggles to cover ground defensively, where he uses elbows and tries to compete, taking charges where he can, but he is as below-the-rim on that end as he is offensively, and lacks for much shot-blocking instinct. All of that information makes for a paint player who crashes the glass, finishes inefficiently (including a poor free throw stroke), who wins possessions for his team on the glass, competes, and […]