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Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell

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Thoughts on drafting a player like Devin Vassell?

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Nah, we already have Huerter and Reddish on the wings
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Maybe, if we trade/fall out of the top-5 of the draft
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Absolutely, he's a Klay Thompson clone and fits perfectly
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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

Post#21 » by Jamaaliver » Sun May 17, 2020 1:36 pm

2020 NBA Draft: Devin Vassell Scouting Report

Devin Vassell
Height: 6-6
Weight: 190 lbs.
Wingspan: 6-10

The Rundown
  • Very long/lean body that (when he fills out more) could potentially be a problem for opposing wings
  • Possesses quick hands to go along with superior defensive instincts, very aware off-ball and help defender
  • Strong on-ball defender, motor really turns on at the defensive end
  • Comfortable (and productive) playing in transition, although not an elite run-and-jump athlete
  • Smart basketball player, IQ shows-up on film: above-average rebounder for a wing, has the ability to keep the ball moving and make plays for others, averaged 0.8 TO’s in 29 MPG
  • Very high release on his jump-shot, seems more comfortable in wide open/spot-up situations
  • Not an adept finisher in traffic, his lack of bulk is a problem inside, tends to avoid contact rather than play through it (evidenced by low FTr)

Vassell’s identity as a basketball player has been molded on the defensive side of the floor. I think he has the highest motor of all the prospects in this class, and his length - combined with superior instincts - provides Vassell with the opportunity to continue to be an imposing defensive player at the next level. He can do it all defensively: moves his feet, has length to recover, effectively closes-out on shooters, quality help-defender, very disruptive in the passing lanes, etc. (evidenced by his 3.2 stocks - combined steals and blocks - per/40 minutes last season).

He seems comfortable spotting-up and stepping into his three-point attempts, but he’s probably not as NBA-ready when it comes to creating his own shot off the dribble. As mentioned above, Vassell has a very high-release point on his jump shot to go along with a very balanced and fluid lower-half.

Vassell was dangerous from pretty much every zone behind the three-point line in 2019-20. His highest volume of three-point attempts came from the left/right wings, where the 6-6 swing-man shot 40.8% on 49 attempts. Vassell shot 41% last season on left/right corner three-point field goals (39 attempts), and he went 8 for 18 (44%) on three-point attempts from the top of the key.

Best Games of the Season
January 18th at Miami: 23 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks
February 1st at Virginia Tech: 27 points (8-10 FGA’s, 7-7 3PTA’s)

His game is all about disruption and havoc on the defensive-end, and efficiency (and IQ) on the offensive-end. That kind of player is incredibly valuable in the NBA; a two-way guy that can impact the game in a variety of ways, who doesn’t dribble the air out of the ball or require a lot of shot attempts to stay engaged. I think Vassell’s floor is one of the highest in this class.

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Possibly could happen comparisons: Danny Green, OG Anunoby (similar height/versatility/defensive impact), Matisse Thybulle (similar potential of defensive impact), Justin Holiday (with higher-upside, especially defensively)
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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

Post#22 » by Spud2nique » Mon May 18, 2020 5:52 pm

Dang it you know you come back here and see that you like the same prospects as Jam! Ah the hell with it. Ya whatever it was bound to happen. Is he Klay Thompson? Who cares I don’t want a cry baby. Is he a solid 3 and D, possibly. His strengths is shooting, his weakness is creating a shot for himself. We need shooters, post up/bodyguard Trez GWU (haze) types, and more wangs. Get ready for it....

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He’s a good prospect.
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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

Post#23 » by Jamaaliver » Wed May 20, 2020 3:16 am

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Devin Vassell | Florida State | Sophomore | Wing



Measurements

Height:
6’7’’
Weight: 194 lbs
Wingspan: 6’10’’
DOB: 8/23/2000

Offense
Devin Vassell isn’t an exceptionally gifted offensive player, though his ability to immediately fill the role of a 3-and-D wing for any franchise makes him a highly valuable asset. While questions remain about his scoring potential, his growth from freshman to sophomore year suggests the work ethic to continue expanding his currently limited repertoire.

In regards to translatable offensive skills, Vassell possesses solid footwork in catch-and-shoot situations, legitimate NBA range on his three-point jumper, and a quick above-the-head release that makes it a tough shot to contest. The lanky wing also displayed exceptional touch and body control around the rim, exhibiting ambidexterity, and a reliable floater.
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Vassell rarely takes a possession off on either end of the floor, and his remarkable motor shines off-ball and in transition where he can take advantage of unaware defenders. He makes purposeful cuts to the basket, runs hard on fastbreaks, and is an opportune offensive rebounder who actively seeks out the orange.

Despite his low assist numbers, Devin keeps the ball moving, rarely forces ill-advised passes, and refrains from pounding the rock in search of points. That in mind, ball-handling is perhaps the weakest part of his entire package, with his left-hand noticeably shakier than his right. Simple spins and hesitations are about as deep as his arsenal goes, and live-dribble turnovers accounted for a decent sum of his giveaways.


Additionally, Vassell showed a tendency to adjust his shot in traffic rather than attempt to finish through contact. This habitual inclination to sky-and-adjust likely derives from his slight frame and need to leap off both feet to maximize his explosiveness. As a result, the six-seven sophomore drew few fouls, had several layups erased at the hole, and you can expect that figure to increase with longer NBA defenders patrolling the paint.

Defense
Vassell may be the best defender in the 2020 Draft Class, and his capacity to disrupt opposing offenses in a variety of ways sets him apart from his peers. From steal and swats to closeouts and communication, this 19-year-old does just about everything at an elite level given his size and position, and his boundless energy further highlights his talents.

He is a spectacular team defender who consistently makes the correct rotation, and his active hands combined with his acute anticipation on-ball and in the passing lanes allowed him to come up with almost two steals per game. Vassell also lays claim to solid footwork, a six-ten wingspan, and an uncanny knack for blocking shots from behind.
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As a weakside defender, Vassell repositions himself quite nicely to get involved and break up plays. He excels at digging down on slashers and cutters and has no issue hitting the hardwood to repossess the ball. Furthermore, the defensive-minded wing has shown the wherewithal to appropriately execute within a zone defense and cover multiple men.

Although Vassell may frequently bite on ball fakes and occasionally whiff when gambling for steals, it’s impossible to ignore his well-rounded defensive skillset. You won’t find a better culmination of length, athleticism, and defensive IQ on the wing, and for that reason alone, Devin Vassell should be on the San Antonio Spurs’ radar.

Player Comparison: Mikal Bridges
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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

Post#24 » by Jamaaliver » Fri May 22, 2020 9:12 pm

Devin Vassell | SG/SF | Florida State

6’7”, 194 lbs., 19 years old


12.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.4 SPG, 1.0 BPG on 49/41/74 shooting splits in 28.8 minutes per game.

Identity/Role: 3 & D wing. Defensive savant. Team player.

Vassell is a high-level defender that has some underrated shot making ability off the dribble. He is hands down the best team defender in this draft class, playing like a free safety off the ball and covers ground like a ball hawk.

Devin always seems to be in the right place at the right time, much like current Phoenix Sun Mikal Bridges in that regard. If you want a plug and play versatile wing that can play the 2 or 3 and knock down 3-pointers, then he’s your guy. Vassell is someone that will likely be available when they make their selection. The defensive versatility and length he’d add on the wing makes him a very intriguing option that the Suns Hawks should seriously consider.
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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

Post#25 » by Jamaaliver » Mon Jun 1, 2020 5:10 pm

2020 NBA Mock Draft: Predicting Round 1 of the NBA Draft (V.2)

3. Atlanta Hawks - Devin Vassell, F
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Vassell is admittedly not the best player on the board at this spot. But, with Atlanta drafting for need last year with De’Andre Hunter and trading for Clint Capela to pair with John Collins in the frontcourt this winter, it’s tough to envision the Hawks going with a center at this spot, even with James Wiseman on the board.

Vassell will look to provide more defense on the wing. If the Hawks are going to build a contender around Trae Young, the defensive end of the floor is going to have to improve drastically, and he might be the best fit to help that happen. Offensively, Vassell wasn’t a super high-volume guy at Florida State, but he was efficient from the outside, knocking down 41% of his threes in both of his college seasons. While the jury is still out on Hunter, Vassell gives Atlanta more depth on the wing while having a pretty high upside as an elite role player.
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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

Post#26 » by Spud2nique » Mon Jun 1, 2020 7:07 pm

High on him. I’d take him over Haliburton and Hayes for us.
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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

Post#27 » by Jamaaliver » Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:33 am

Devin Vassell

As the most well-rounded 3-and-D wing in the 2020 NBA Draft, Devin Vassell is a player who should be extremely high on the [Hawks'] draft board. The team defense, length, and versatility of Vassell are enticing, but his off-ball shooting sets him apart from the other aspiring 3-and-D wings in this draft.

Vassell is the epitome of a role player. That may seem like a slight, but in fact, is an extraordinary compliment. Only a handful of players ever truly become stars, and even fewer become a star on a championship-winning team. In so many cases, the role players are the ones who end up pushing a good team over the top to be a great one.

It is unlikely that Vassell will develop into a lights-out scorer who takes defenders off the dribble at will, but at the least, he will be an incredibly useful off-ball scorer who plays excellent team defense.

After his freshman season at Florida State, Vassell saw a massive increase in responsibility as his games started increased from zero to 30, and his minutes jumped from 10.7 to 28.8. This increased role often leads to players losing efficiency due to more attempts. Vassell remained an efficient shooter as he continued to shoot just under 42 percent from three on almost double the attempts from the previous season.

Vassell is at his most effective when he is working away from the ball on offense. This season he scored 1.4 PPP (95th percentile) when running off screens, 1.039 PPP (80th percentile) when spotting up, and 1.22 PPP (87th percentile) when shooting off the catch.


Below we see how Vassell continues to move without the ball and find the perimeter's open space. After giving up the ball, Vassell does an excellent job of clearing out to create a lane for his teammate. He could have easily stayed put on the elbow. Instead, he rotates to the corner once his teammate cuts baseline and the defense collapses on the drive.

This movement is subtle, but it gives him a more comfortable shot and, more importantly, gives his teammate a more accessible pass.

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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

Post#28 » by Jamaaliver » Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:21 am

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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

Post#29 » by Jamaaliver » Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:35 pm

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SG/SF Devin Vassell, Florida State

Vassell is another wing who shows flashes of elite play on both ends of the court. A tenacious defender, Vassell presents a nearly 7-foot wingspan that can cover up most passing lanes for opponents.

The former Seminole shot 41.7 percent from three over two collegiate seasons, and according to Letourneau, Golden State would consider drafting Vassell in the "bottom half of the top-five."
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No. 3: SF Devin Vassell, Florida State

Vassell is another prototypical 3-and-D wing who could be an instant contributor on a playoff team in 2020-21. At Florida State, Vassell utilized his 6-foot-9 wingspan as an elite defender at multiple positions and helped the Seminoles win the Atlantic Coast Conference in his sophomore season. He also shot 41.7 percent from long distance in college and was an extremely efficient player on the offensive end.

He didn't show as much of a propensity for attacking the basket as you'd like to see, but Vassell is a versatile player who will fit nicely into most NBA rosters. One NBA comparison that continually pops up for Vassell is Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green, who helped dethrone the Warriors with the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals.
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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

Post#30 » by Spud2nique » Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:40 pm

Jamaaliver wrote:
Warriors higher on six NBA draft prospects than most teams

SG/SF Devin Vassell, Florida State

Vassell is another wing who shows flashes of elite play on both ends of the court. A tenacious defender, Vassell presents a nearly 7-foot wingspan that can cover up most passing lanes for opponents.

The former Seminole shot 41.7 percent from three over two collegiate seasons, and according to Letourneau, Golden State would consider drafting Vassell in the "bottom half of the top-five."
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Warriors' five best win-now fits among 2020 NBA Draft prospects

No. 3: SF Devin Vassell, Florida State

Vassell is another prototypical 3-and-D wing who could be an instant contributor on a playoff team in 2020-21. At Florida State, Vassell utilized his 6-foot-9 wingspan as an elite defender at multiple positions and helped the Seminoles win the Atlantic Coast Conference in his sophomore season. He also shot 41.7 percent from long distance in college and was an extremely efficient player on the offensive end.

He didn't show as much of a propensity for attacking the basket as you'd like to see, but Vassell is a versatile player who will fit nicely into most NBA rosters. One NBA comparison that continually pops up for Vassell is Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green, who helped dethrone the Warriors with the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals.
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Post#31 » by Spud2nique » Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:40 pm

But I do love Vassell for us.
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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

Post#32 » by Jamaaliver » Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:40 pm

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Sophomore Devin Vassell...shines in a low-usage role. Vassell primarily adheres to spot-up 3s, attacking closeouts, cutting, and making wise decisions as a passer. Unless he makes more progress as a ball handler—he hit one dribble jumper as a freshman and then 39 as a sophomore—he’ll likely project as a complementary offensive player. But that’s OK, because Vassell should be a lottery pick alone for his defense.

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Vassell must have eyes in the back of his head because plays like the one above are routine for him. Even when he’s not involved in a play, he has the awareness to rotate and disrupt an action. He gets a nasty block in the clip above, but other times he’ll just shift over and deter an opponent from driving in the direction they intended. He hustles for chasedown blocks, too. And as a man-to-man defender, he displays sound fundamentals regardless of the type of opponent he’s facing. There is no “Shane Battier” in this draft, but Vassell, who displays the same no-quit personality, is the closest comparison.

Vassell isn’t a perfect defender. He’s lean. Battier was 6-foot-8 and weighed about 220 pounds during his playing days. Vassell is 6-foot-7 tops, and weighed 194 pounds before his sophomore season. In order to effectively push back on a switch against a big, or keep an oversized perimeter player from plowing his way to the basket, Vassell needs to get significantly stronger. With such a slender frame, he might have some limitations there that cap his defensive versatility.
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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

Post#33 » by Jamaaliver » Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:54 pm

Devin Vassell is an underrated NBA Draft prospect

Vassell is a lanky 6’6″ forward with a 6’10” wingspan and is projected to be a quality two-way player straight out the gate. He shot his way up the big boards by being a lethal catch-and-shoot player and an even more promising defender.

In his sophomore season at Florida State, Vassell averaged 12.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. He was a high-impact player on both ends of the floor and covered ground with his giant strides.

He has a decent motor and doesn’t give up on plays. Vassell is strong at keeping his man in front of him but is also quick enough to recover and reject shots as a help defender. Furthermore, his length allows him to be a plus rebounder for his position.

His most valuable asset is his 3-point shooting. Vassell drilled 44 deep shots last year on 41.5 percent shooting from behind the line. He is a sniper on catch-and-shoot opportunities and has a smooth pull up in the mid-range.

The speed of his jumpshot is concerning. It takes him a long time to move the ball up to the top of his head due to his long arms and this can often allow opponents enough opportunity to close out on him. This is made worse by the fact that he isn’t a quick-twitch athlete and often relies heavily on his size to shoot over smaller players.

Though he doesn’t possess blazing speed, he is a decent finisher around the rim. He was a threat to catch lobs in transition and had a knack for sniffing out offensive rebounds whenever he had a chance.
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