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2019 NBA Draft Scouting Report

We're just a few days away from the 2019 NBA Draft. Basketball TV brings you a rundown and overview of some of this year's top prospects. 
You can catch the 2019 NBA Draft LIVE on June 21 at 7:00AM on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV.

Zion Williamson

Full Name: Zion Lateef Williamson

Birthdate: July 6, 2000 (Salisbury, S.C.)

College: Duke

Position/Class: Forward/Freshman Height/Weight: 6-7/285

High School: Spartanburg Day School (Spartanburg, S.C.)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2018-19 NCAA Player of the Year by Naismith, Wooden, NABC, USBWA, AP and The Sporting News.
  • The third freshman to receive the AP honor in its 58-year history, joining Kentucky’s Anthony Davis and Texas’ Kevin Durant.
  • Recipient of the Karl Malone Award, honoring the top power forward in college basketball.
  • Selected as the national Freshman of the Year by both the NABC and USBWA.
  • Consensus All-America First Team selection.

FRESHMAN (2018-19)

  • 16th nationally and second in the ACC in scoring (22.6 ppg).
  • Second in the nation in field goal percentage (68.0).
  • Third in the ACC in rebounding (8.9 rpg), second in steals (2.12 spg) and fifth in blocks (1.79 bpg).
  • Helped Duke to an ACC Championship and an Elite Eight appearance, averaging 26.4 points and 9.1 rebounds over seven postseason games.
  • ACC Player of the Year and ACC Tournament MVP.

STRENGTHS

  • Combination of power, explosiveness, dexterity, coordination and body control.
  • Has a terrific feel for the game.
  • Solid ball handler and passer.
  • Has superior defensive tools and instincts.

PERSONAL

  • Didn’t play high school football but was offered a scholarship by LSU.
  • Likes to write poetry, listen to Jay-Z and watch Naruto.
  • His mother, Sharonda Sampson, ran track at Livingstone College.

Ja Morant

Full Name: Temetrius Jamel Morant

Birthdate: Aug. 10, 1999 (Dalzell, S.C.)

College: Murray State

Position/Class: Guard/Sophomore

Height/Weight: 6-3/175

High School: Crestwood (Sumter, S.C.)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2018-19 Lute Olson National Player of the Year and Naismith, Wooden Award and Oscar Robertson finalist.
  • 2018-19 Bob Cousy Award winner as the nation’s top point guard.
  • Consensus 2018-19 All-America First Team selection.
  • Led Murray State to a 28-5 record and 2019 Ohio Valley Tournament championship as a sophomore.

SOPHOMORE (2018-19)

  • Ranked seventh in D-I in scoring (24.5 ppg) and first in assists (10.0 apg).
  • His 331 assists were sixth most in NCAA history.
  • Recorded the ninth triple-double in NCAA Tournament history with 17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds against Marquette in the first round.
  • Had three triple-doubles, one of two D-I players with more than one (Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ had two).
  • His 18 assists against UT Martin (Jan. 10) were the most by a Division I player for the season.

STRENGTHS

  • Elite athlete at the point guard position.
  • Gets to his spots with ease. Quick, shifty and explosive.
  • Unselfish facilitator who balances passing and scoring.
  • Plays in attack mode despite thin frame.

PERSONAL

  • At 14, played AAU ball for the South Carolina Hornets along- side Zion Williamson.
  • Father, Tee, was a high school teammate of Hall of Famer Ray Allen.

RJ Barrett

Full Name: Rowan Alexander Barrett

Birthdate: June 14, 2000 (Toronto)

College: Duke

Position/Class: Guard-Forward/Freshman

Height/Weight: 6-7/202

High School: Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2018-19 National Player of the Year by USA Today.
  • Finalist for Wooden National Player of the Year Award.
  • Earned Consensus All-America First Team honors.
  • Jerry West Award winner, given annually to the nation’s best shooting guard.
  • Broke the ACC freshman scoring record, previously held by Georgia Tech’s Kenny Anderson (721) in 1989-90.
  • 2017-18 National Gatorade High School Player of the Year.

FRESHMAN (2018-19)

  • Led the ACC in scoring (22.6 ppg), finishing just ahead of teammate Zion Williamson.
  • Named All-ACC First Team.
  • Averaged 7.6 rebounds (10th in ACC) and 4.3 assists (5th).
  • Posted the fourth triple-double in Duke history with 23 points,
  • 11 rebounds and 10 assists vs. N.C. State (Feb. 16).
  • Set an ACC freshman record with 26 20-point games.
  • His 11 assists vs. Virginia Tech in the NCAA East Regional
  • Semifinals were a Duke freshman tournament record.

STRENGTHS

  • Size, length, frame and athleticism of prototypical NBA wing.
  • Intelligent player with terrific scoring instincts.
  • Can play on or off the ball.
  • Embraces contact and physicality.
  • Highly competitive defensively.

PERSONAL

  • Godfather is two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash.
  • Father, Rowan, played college basketball at St. John’s, professionally overseas and for Team Canada with Nash.
  • Mother, Kesha, ran track at St. John’s.

De’Andre Hunter

Full Name: De’Andre James Hunter

Birthdate: Dec. 1, 1997 (Philadelphia)

College: Virginia

Position/Class: Forward/Sophomore

Height/Weight: 6-7/225

High School: Friends' Central School (Wynnewood, Penn.)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2018-19 NABC National Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Top-four finalist for 2018-19 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award.
  • All-America Second Team selection by the NABC; Third Team by the AP and USBWA.
  • Helped Virginia (35-3) win its first national championship and set a school record with 35 wins in 2018-19.
  • 2017-18 ACC Sixth Man of the Year and All-Freshman Team

SOPHOMORE (2018-19)

  • Averaged 15.2 points and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 52.0 percent from the field (4th in ACC), 43.8 percent from three- point range and 78.3 percent from the free throw line.
  • Named All-ACC First Team, Defensive Player of the Year and NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team.
  • Recorded 10 20-point games, including a career-high 27 points against Texas Tech in the NCAA championship game.
  • Helped limit Texas Tech star Jarrett Culver to 5-of-22 shoot- ing from the field.

STRENGTHS

  • Outstanding physical profile for a modern forward.
  • Extremely long with good feet.
  • Versatile and aggressive defender.
  • Continues to improve as a face-up shooter.

PERSONAL

  • Redshirted his freshman year at UVA in 2016-17.
  • Enjoys video games and dancing.
  • Has volunteered for the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

Jarrett Culver

Birthdate: Feb. 20, 1999 (Dallas)

College: Texas Tech

Position/Class: Guard/Sophomore

Height/Weight: 6-6/195

High School: Coronado (Lubbock, Texas)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2018-19 Big 12 Player of the Year and a Consensus All-Amer- ica Second Team selection.
  • First Texas Tech player to surpass the 1,000-point mark as a sophomore.
  • Finalist for the 2018-19 Wooden Award and Jerry West Award (nation’s top shooting guard).
  • Named on 2018-19 national player of the year midseason watch lists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy and Lute Olson Award.

SOPHOMORE (2018-19)

  • Led the Red Raiders with 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
  • Selected to Final Four All-Tournament Team and named West Region Most Outstanding Player.
  • Posted 15 points and team highs of nine rebounds and five as- sists in an overtime loss to Virginia in the national title game.
  • Scored a career-high 31 points at Iowa State to help lead Tech to the program’s first Big 12 regular-season championship.
  • Three-time Big 12 Player of the Week.
  • Had 25 points and six rebounds vs. Duke (Dec. 20).

STRENGTHS

  • Very smooth and well-rounded offensive player.
  • Has terrific size and length for a wing.
  • Capable shooter off the dribble and catch.
  • Plus defender and superior rebounder from the wing.

PERSONAL

  • Culver's father, Hiawatha, is the team chaplain and delivers the pregame prayer for Texas Tech before each home basket- ball game.
  • His brother J.J. plays basketball at Wayland Baptist State and his other brother, Trey, was a track star at Texas Tech.

Darius Garland

Full Name: Darius Kinnard Garland

Birthdate: Jan. 26, 2000 (Gary, Ind.)

College: Vanderbilt

Position/Class: Guard/Freshman

Height/Weight: 6-2/175

High School: Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, Tenn.)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Named SEC Freshman of the Week on Nov. 12, 2018, after combining for 43 points in his first two collegiate games (against Winthrop and USC).
  • 2017-18 Naismith High School Player of the Year semifinalist and McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American.

FRESHMAN (2018-19)

  • Averaged 16.2 points and 2.8 assists in five games.
  • Sustained a season-ending left knee injury against Kent State on Nov. 23.
  • In season opener against Winthrop, had the third-most points (24) by an SEC freshman in his debut in the last 10 seasons.
  • Scored 33 points against Liberty in his final full game of the season (Nov. 19).
  • Tallied a team-high 19 points at USC (Nov. 11).

HIGH SCHOOL

  • Averaged 28.6 points and shot 59.7 percent as a senior for Brentwood Academy.
  • Won a record-tying four state championships.
  • Second player in Tennessee history to win three consecutive Mr. Basketball awards, joining Brandan Wright.

STRENGTHS

  • Dynamic shooter with deep range.
  • Has a great feel for creating space for his shot.
  • Changes speeds effectively.
  • Has good vision and is a willing passer.

PERSONAL

  • Father, Winston, played seven NBA seasons.
  • Both of his grandfathers served in the U.S. Army.
  • Played on AAU team Bradley Beal Elite and has developed relationship with Wizards All-Star Beal.

Coby White

Full Name: Alec Jacoby White

Birthdate: Feb. 16, 2000 (Goldsboro, N.C.)

College: North Carolina

Position/Class: Guard/Freshman

Height/Weight: 6-5/185

High School: Greenfield School (Wilson, N.C.)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Voted 2018-19 All-ACC Second Team and All-Freshman Team.
  • One of four finalists for the USBWA’s 2018-19 Wayman Tisdale Award (nation’s top freshman).
  • Made a UNC freshman-record 82 three-pointers.
  • Team USA’s top scorer at 2018 U-18 FIBA Americas.

FRESHMAN (2018-19)

  • Posted the fifth-highest scoring average (16.1 ppg) in UNC freshman history and the best mark since 2006.
  • First UNC freshman to earn at least All-ACC Second Team honors since Harrison Barnes in 2010-11.
  • Ranked fifth in the conference in free throw percentage (80.0), seventh in assists (4.1), ninth in threes per game (2.34) and 10th in scoring.
  • Ninth Tar Heel and only freshman to have three games with at least 33 points.
  • Shot 7-of-10 from three-point range twice, against Texas (Nov. 22) and Miami (Feb. 9).

HIGH SCHOOL

  • North Carolina’s all-time scoring leader (3,573 points)
  • Competed in the 2018 McDonald’s and Jordan Brand games.

STRENGTHS

  • Natural scorer at all three levels.
  • Has deep range with a compact release.
  • Tough to contain off the dribble.
  • Finishes through contract.

PERSONAL

  • Played for Chris Paul’s AAU program, Team CP3.

Cam Reddish

Full Name: Cameron Elijah Reddish

Birthdate: Sept. 1, 1999 (Norristown, Pa.)

College: Duke

Position/Class: Forward/Freshman

Height/Weight: 6-8/218

High School: Westtown School (West Chester, Pa.)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2018-19 All-ACC Honorable Mention selection.
  • Played in the 2018 McDonald’s All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit.
  • Helped the U.S. Team earn a bronze medal at the 2017 FIBA U-19 Men’s Basketball World Cup.

FRESHMAN (2018-19)

  • Averaged 13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals.
  • Finished second in the ACC in three-point attempts (267) and fourth in makes (89).
  • Drained a game-winning three-pointer at No. 13 Florida State (Jan. 12).
  • Made a clutch three-pointer in the final two minutes to help the Blue Devils beat Central Florida in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • Scored a career-high 27 points at North Carolina (Feb. 20).
  • Had 22 points in a season-opening win over Kentucky (Nov. 6).

HIGH SCHOOL

  • A five-star recruit who ranked as the No. 3 overall prospect and No. 2 small forward in the class of 2018 by ESPN.

STRENGTHS

  • Elite blend of size, length and fluidity.
  • Versatile offensive player with a smooth handle.\
  • Make plays off the bounce and shoots with range.
  • Has the physical tools to be an elite defender.

PERSONAL

  • Father, Robert, played basketball at VCU.
  • Favorite all-time NBA player is Allen Iverson.

Sekou Doumbouya

Birthdate: Dec. 23, 2000 (Conakry, Guinea)

Team: Limoges CSP (France)

Position: Forward

Height/Weight: 6-9/230

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Played parts of two seasons for INSEP, the national sports youth academy in France that has produced Tony Parker, Evan Fournier, Boris Diaw and Ronny Turiaf.
  • Signed for the 2016-17 season by Union Poitiers Basket 86 and played in French Pro B, the country’s second-tier league, through 2017-18.
  • Joined Limoges CSP in French Pro A in 2018-19.
  • Has been a member of the French U-18 National Team and won a gold medal at the 2016 European U-18s alongside current Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina.
  • Participated in the 2018 Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in 2018-19
  • Despite not turning 18 until December 2018, made his debut in France’s top league, the LNB’s Pro A division.
  • Through May 6, averaged 6.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 18.5 minutes in 24 French League games. In eight games in the ULEB EuroCup, a second-tier version of the EuroLeague, contributed 6.9 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.9 minutes.

STRENGTHS

  • Terrific physical profile for a modern forward.
  • Can play above the rim in space.
  • Very fluid and agile.
  • Displays solid shooting mechanics and touch.

PERSONAL

  • Shot a combined 48.3 percent from the field in the two leagues and 30.0 percent from three-point range.
  • Moved from Guinea to France with his mother and three siblings when he was a year old.
  • Began playing basketball at age 12.
    Favorite NBA player is Joel Embiid.

Jaxson Hayes

Full Name: Jaxson Reed Hayes

Birthdate: May 23, 2000 (Norman, Okla.)

College: Texas

Position/Class: Forward/Freshman

Height/Weight: 6-11/220

High School: Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2018-19 Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
  • 2018-19 All-Big 12 Second Team, All-Defensive Team, All-New-comer Team and All-Freshman Team.
  • 2018-19 NABC All-District 8 Second Team.

FRESHMAN (2018-19)

  • Ranked 22nd in the nation and third in the Big 12 in blocks (2.22 bpg).
  • Ranked second on the team in rebounding (5.0 rpg) and third in scoring (10.0 ppg) in just 23.3 minutes.
  • Led the Big 12 in field goal percentage (72.8), which was also a school record.
  • A knee injury in the Big 12 Tournament against Kansas ended his season and caused him to miss the Longhorns’ five-game NIT title run.
  • Had 15 points and nine rebounds vs. North Carolina (Nov. 22).

HIGH SCHOOL

  • Ranked as the No. 89 overall recruit by ESPN.

STRENGTHS

  • Tremendous physical profile for a big man.
  • Exceptionally long, fluid and athletic.
  • Light on his feet and has terrific hands.
  • Talented shot blocker with superb timing

PERSONAL

  • Mother, Kristi, was a star basketball player at Drake University.
  • Father, Jonathan, played 12 NFL seasons as a tight end.
  • Jonathan was the Cincinnati Bengals’ tight ends coach from 2003-18 and now serves as the head coach and GM of the XFL team in St. Louis.

Brandon Clarke

Birthdate: Sept. 19, 1996 (Vancouver, BC)

College: Gonzaga

Position/Class: Forward/Junior

Height/Weight: 6-8/215

High School: Desert Vista (Phoenix)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • One of four finalists for the 2018-19 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year.
  • 2018-19 AP All-America Third Team selection.
  • On 2018-19 National Player of the Year midseason watch lists for both the Naismith (top 30) and Oscar Robertson (top 20) trophies.
  • 2018-19 WCC Defender and Newcomer of the Year as a junior.
  • Played his first two season at San Jose State. Sat out the 2017-18 season under NCAA transfer rules.
  • 2016-17 All-MWC First Team and Defensive Team selection as a

JUNIOR (2018-19)

  • Averaged 16.9 points (eighth in WCC), 8.6 rebounds (third) and 3.2 blocks (first) in 28.1 minutes per game.
  • Led the nation in field goal percentage (68.7) and total blocks (117).
  • Selected to All-WCC First Team.
  • Scored a Gonzaga NCAA Tournament-record 36 points on 15-for-18 shooting against Baylor in the second round.
  • Posted 17 points, five rebounds and six blocks in 23 minutes in a win over No. 1 Duke (Nov. 21).

STRENGTHS

  • Explosive leaper with a solid feel for the game.
  • Makes athletic plays above the rim at both ends of the court.
  • Can defend multiple positions.
  • Shows precise timing as a shot blocker.

PERSONAL

  • Favorite TV show is Game of Thrones.
  • Moved from Vancouver to Phoenix when he was 3.

Rui Hachimura

Birthdate: Feb. 8, 1998 (Toyama, Japan)

College: Gonzaga

Position/Class: Forward/Junior

Height/Weight: 6-8/230

High School: Meisei (Sendai, Japan)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2018-19 Consensus All-America First Team selection.
  • Finalist for the 2018-19 Naismith Player of the Year Trophy.
  • Winner of the 2018-19 Julius Erving Award as the nation’s top small forward.
  • Became the fifth Japanese-born male to play NCAA Division I college basketball.
  • Participated in the 2016 Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in Toronto.
  • In 2014, represented his home country of Japan at the FIBA U17 World Championships in Dubai, averaging a tourna- ment-best 22.1 points per game.

JUNIOR (2018-19)

  • WCC Player of the Year and All-WCC First Team selection.
  • Ranked third in the WCC in scoring (19.7 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (6.5 rpg).
  • Finished eighth in the nation in field goals made (275).
  • Ranked 28th in D-I in field goal percentage (59.1).
  • Three-time WCC Player of the Week.

STRENGTHS

  • Intriguing physical profile.
  • Very light on his feet and can finish above the rim.
  • Plays with strength and finishes through contact.
  • Confident mid-range jump shooter.

PERSONAL

  • Spoke little English before arriving at Gonzaga.
  • Expected to be the first Japanese-born player to be drafted into the NBA. Only two Japanese-born players have appeared in a regular-season NBA game: Yuta Watanabe and Yuta Tabuse

Nassir Little

Full Name: Nassir Shamai Little

Birthdate: Feb. 11, 2000 (Pensacola, Fla.)

College: North Carolina

Position/Class: Forward/Freshman

Height/Weight: 6-6/220

High School: Orlando Christian Prep (Orlando, Fla.)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Finished fourth in voting for the 2018-19 ACC Sixth Man of the Year as a North Carolina freshman.
  • MVP of the 2018 McDonald’s All-American Game and co-MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic.

FRESHMAN (2018-19)

  • Averaged 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 18.2 minutes coming off the bench.
  • Shot 48.0 percent from the field.
  • Scored a career-high 23 points in only 20 minutes against Virginia Tech (Jan. 21).
  • In the NCAA Tournament, collected 20 points and seven rebounds vs. Washington in the second round and 19 points in 17 minutes against Iona in the first round.

HIGH SCHOOL

  • Led Orlando Christian to back-to-back state titles as a junior and senior. Averaged 20 points and nine rebounds in his final season.
  • Recorded 28 points in the McDonald’s All-American Game and 24 in the Jordan Brand Classic.

STRENGTHS

  • Elite physical profile for a modern combo forward.
  • Explosive athlete and leaper.
  • Plays with great energy and force at both ends.
  • Can guard multiple positions.

PERSONAL

  • Salutatorian of his senior class in high school and member of the National Honor Society.
  • Son of Harold and April, who both served in the U.S. military.
  • Plays the piano.

Tyler Herro

Birthdate: Jan. 20, 2000 (Milwaukee)

College: Kentucky

Position/Class: Guard/Freshman

Height/Weight: 6-5/195

High School: Whitnall High School (Greenfield, Wis.)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2018-19 SEC Newcomer of the Year (media).
  • 2018-19 All-SEC Second Team and All-Freshman Team choice.
  • Set Kentucky single-season record for free throw percentage (93.5).

FRESHMAN (2018-19)

  • Three-time SEC Freshman of the Week.
  • Voted to the NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team
  • Finished second on the team in scoring (14.0 ppg) and first in three-pointers made (60) after hitting a game-winning three-pointer with 25 seconds against Houston in the Sweet 16.
  • Helped limit Wofford’s Fletcher Magee, the all-time NCAA leader in threes made, to 0-for-12 from long range in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • Scored a career-high 29 points vs. Arkansas (Feb. 26).

HIGH SCHOOL

  • Averaged 32.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.3 steals as a senior.
  • Played in the 2018 Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit.

STRENGTHS

  • Multidimensional scoring threat with a high basketball IQ.
  • Has very good range and overall touch.
  • Can make plays off the dribble.
  • Has good size and length for his position.

PERSONAL

  • In March 2018, Kevin Durant reviewed highlights of Herro, then a high school senior, and other top prospects on his YouTube channel. Durant praised Herro’s “skilled” game.
  • Originally committed to Wisconsin

Goga Bitadze

Birthdate: July 20, 1999 (Sagarejo, Georgia)

Team: KK Buducnost (Montenegro)

Position: Center

Height/Weight: 6-11/245

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Selected 2018-19 Adriatic League MVP and Best Young Player.
  • Named All-Tournament Team at the 2017 adidas Next Generation Tournament (17.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg).
  • With Georgia’s National Team, appeared in 10 games in the European qualifiers for the 2019 World Cup (11.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg).
  • Participated in Basketball Without Borders Europe in Finland in 2016.

2018-19

  • Signed with Buducnost in December and appeared in 13 games in the prestigious EuroLeague.
  • In those 13 games, averaged 12.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks at 19 years old.

STRENGTHS

  • Has good mobility and balance for his size.
  • Likes to bang in the post
  • Has improved his shooting range
  • Has “stretch” and “pick-and-pop” potential.

PERSONAL

  • Started playing basketball when he was 6.
  • Fellow Georgia native Zaza Pachulia is his basketball idol.