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Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell

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Thoughts on drafting a player like Devin Vassell?

Poll ended at Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:31 pm

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#41 » by Jamaaliver » Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:55 pm

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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

Post#42 » by Jamaaliver » Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:15 am

Suns 2020 Draft Spotlight: Devin Vassell



Position: SG/SF, Wing.
Height: 6’7”, 6’10” Wingspan.
Age: 19 years old (20 on draft day).
School: Florida State.
Role: Versatile, high-IQ 3&D wing.

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Shooting
Outside of the defense, his shooting will be his most bankable skill. In 2 years at Florida State he shot a pristine 70-for-168 (41.7%) from 3 point range.
Additional shooting stats from his sophomore season (via Barttorvik):
Dunks: 26-28 (92.8%)
Close 2’s: 51-73 (69.9%)
Long 2’s: 49-115 (42.6%)
Free Throws: 48-65 (73.8%)
3 Pointers: 44-106 (41.5%)

The only area of concern here is the free throw percentage, because he’s a plus in every other phase of shooting. His free throw rate also must improve as it sits at just 22.8%, and part of that is his inability to beat defenders off the dribble and attack the rim in the half-court.


Defense
Vassell is the best team defender in this class, as he sees the floor at a savant-like level and uses his length and anticipation to disrupt the flow of the game constantly. The combination of his anticipation on cross court passes, knowing when to dig and stunt, and placing himself in perfect help position makes him a valuable commodity on that end.
Here you see how active he is in not only being in the right spot, but by communicating and directing his teammates in the process. It’s almost like having a sixth defender on the court with how well he covers ground and communicates. Like I said, elite team-defender. It’s no secret at this point.

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Self-Creation
Vassell lacks a quick first step and isn’t the most explosive athlete, but he has some sneaky bounce and has given me reason to believe there’s some untapped creation potential if he can improve his handle. His height/length also gives me optimism for shooting over the top of smaller defenders even if he can’t get past them.

Part of the reason I believe there could be more on the way with him is his off-the-dribble shooting leap he took in his sophomore season at Florida State. His freshman year he was very limited offensively and strictly a catch and shoot guy. As a freshman, he shot just 2-for-19 (10.5%) on long 2’s. As a sophomore, he added the pull-up jumper to his arsenal and bumped it up dramatically to 49-for-115 (42.6%) shooting on long 2’s.

Granted not all of those long 2’s were off the dribble, but going from just one pull-up to jumper his entire freshman year to 39 as a sophomore is quite the improvement. To me, that emphatic growth shouldn’t be ignored and could be a sign for more to come in his offensive bag.
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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

Post#44 » by Jamaaliver » Sun Aug 23, 2020 12:38 am

Devin Vassell
Team: Florida State
Current Age: 19.99
Measurables: 6-foot-7, 195 pounds, 6-foot-10 wingspan
Stats (Per 36): 15.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.2 blocks, 1.0 turnovers, +6.23 PIPM
Shooting: 49.0% FG, 41.5% 3PT, 73.8% FT, 58.5% TS, 56.5% EFG


Strengths
Devin Vassell is a strong candidate to be the best two-way player from the 2020 NBA Draft Class. At 6-foot-7 with a 6-foot-10 wingspan, he has good size for a wing and uses it to his advantage on both ends of the floor. On offense, he has a smooth jumper with a very high release point that allows him to deploy a mean pull-up over smaller defenders and create his own shot at all three levels. Devin shot 41.5 percent from downtown on 3.5 attempts, a relatively significant sample size for an ancillary offensive college wing.

Per Synergy Sports, he ranked in the 80th and 87th percentiles in spot up and catch-and-shoot situations, respectively, which will translate very well to a spaced out NBA. Vassell is also an excellent transition player who understands spacing very well and knows when to crash to the basket versus fly out to the corners and wings for open 3s. He shot a mind-boggling 70.8 percent in transition looks, putting him in the 94th percentile across all of college basketball.

On the defensive end, Devin Vassell was everywhere at Florida State. He has immense range off-ball to go along with impeccable timing and a high defensive basketball IQ. Vassell’s positioning when the ball is on the weak side is NBA-ready, as is his rotational shot blocking, which is a big need when KAT gets dragged away from the basket. While playing off-ball in the PnR, Vassell digs quite well and uses his hands very well to cause deflections, steals, and passes to the perimeter.

Devin is no slouch while locking in on the ball, too. He can flip his hips quickly, which enables him to turn ball handlers and defend guards without needing a switch or help defense on a consistent basis. When guards get by him, he has excellent recovery instincts and frequently was able to get his shoulders square to the basket in order to contest and block shots going straight up without fouling.

Weaknesses
Vassell’s rather mediocre handle holds him back from being a truly elite prospect. Given his size, high release point, and proven jump shot off of basic dribble moves, an excellent handle could transform the Florida State product from very solid two-way prospect to potential two-way high-end starter or star. Granted Vassell’s offense has never been the strongest aspect of his game, but time with NBA development staff and living in the gym will do so much good for Devin and his long-term viability in a modern NBA offense.

In order to more fully maximize his size and length on offense, I would love to see DV become a more active cutter in the half-court. He could be dangerous in split cut actions and on the back side when the defense does not lock in on him as a shooter. Given his somewhat limited athleticism, cutting would be a much easier way for him to consistently put pressure on the rim and make life easier for his teammates. He was primarily used as a spot-up guy on offense when he did not have the ball in his hands and he will have to put in serious work in what does without the ball if he wants to be an impactful offensive player in the NBA.

What If...
Vassell’s handle improves to the point where he can kill smaller guards in the mid-range? We all know that the mid-range will never be the focus of either NBA offenses or defenses, but NBA defenses playing more and more drop coverage has opened up increased opportunities for wings to operate in the mid-range. Devin Booker and Kawhi Leonard put on nightly clinics in mid-range, largely because of their supreme body control, tight handles, excellent footwork, and high release points. Vassell has 2.5 of those four boxes checked.

He has great body control, pretty good footwork, and a solid high release point. With growing space for players to go to work in the mid-range, it could be a tremendous avenue for Devin to gain confidence as a scorer and shot creator on the offensive end.
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DEVIN VASSELL / WING / FLORIDA STATE
Arguably the 2020 NBA Draft’s most finished prospect, Devin Vassell could step in right away for a long career as a high-level 3-and-D wing. A 40% shooter from deep, Vassell excels when it comes to taking catch-and-shoot threes. He’s not strictly a shooter though, Vassell knows when to cut backdoor and how to move without the ball. Defensively, he can guard positions 1-4 with ease and use his length to force opponents into bad shots. His next step to reach his ceiling would be becoming a shot creator.
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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

Post#47 » by Jamaaliver » Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:13 pm

2020 NBA Draft Big Board: Latest Top 80 Rankings

10. Devin Vassell, SF, Florida State | Sophomore

Height: 6' 7" | Weight: 195 | Age: 20 | Previous Rank: 11

Vassell should be able to help his next team in relatively quick fashion, as a quality defender and three-point shooter who doesn’t need heavy touches to be effective. Wings in his mold are in high demand, and although his upside might be limited by his lack of explosiveness and struggles to create shots for himself, Vassell brings enough to the table already that it’s relatively easy to pencil him in as a valuable longtime role player at worst. He has a knack for blowing up plays and taking away passing lanes and will be able to keep defenses honest and space the floor with the threat of his jumper. He only turned 20 in August, which leaves some extra room for development. Vassell won’t be the biggest upside play in the back half of the lottery but makes sense on any roster as a useful rotation piece and potential long-term starter.
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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

Post#48 » by Jamaaliver » Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:34 am

2020 NBA Draft Profiles: Devin Vassell

Who is Devin Vassell?
Devin Vassell is a 6’7″, 200 lb shooting guard/small forward with a nearly 7-foot wingspan. Vassell spent two years at Florida State, where his points per game increased from 4.5 to 12.7 between his freshman and sophomore season. After starting no games as a freshman, Vassell started 29 games as a sophomore. In almost 29 minutes per game, he averaged 5.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game to go along with his 13 points.

Strengths
During his time at Florida State, Devin Vassell proved that he’s a capable three-point shooter. He shot 41 percent from three for two straight years, even as his volume increased. Vassell attempted 3.5 three-point attempts per game as a sophomore, up from just 1.9 as a freshman.

His mid-range game showed a lot of improvement last year, as well, as he was able to create more scoring opportunities for himself. But offense isn’t even the best part of his game.

Vassell is an ideal fit for almost any NBA franchise because his defense can be suffocating when he’s engaged and focused.
Vassell’s high IQ and lanky frame allow him to get into passing lanes on the defensive end for easy steals. Once in transition, Vassell can showoff his athleticism on the other end. He’s also an excellent cutter and seems to know just the right time to sneak to the basket for a dunk. His feel for the game comes naturally, and he rarely forces the issue. Vassell averaged less than one turnover per game both years at Florida State. Vassell is the ideal 3 & D player that many teams covet in today’s NBA. With space on the offensive side of the ball and freedom on defense, he can thrive in any system.

Weaknesses
Although he did improve as a sophomore, Vassell still needs to get better at creating offense for himself in isolation. He also must continue to add bulk to his thin frame so he can withstand an 82-game season. 200 lbs is small for a 6’7 wing, but Vassell just turned 20 years old in August. He’s got plenty of growing to do. Strength will naturally come as he matures, so he’ll be fine with time.

In a halfcourt set, Vassell has to be more vocal and aggressive on offense because he often fades into the background when he’s not in transition. Right now, he’s better suited for a spot-up shooter role in the halfcourt. But his athleticism will be wasted if he stands in the corner and waits for teammates to find him for an open shot. He should be attacking the basket a lot more often.
Last but not least, his free throw shooting needs some improvement. Vassell shot 73.8 percent as a sophomore and just 67.9 percent as a freshman from the charity stripe. Seeing such low numbers from the foul line is surprising for someone who shoots so well from outside. His percentage at the line has to get better if he wants to play crucial minutes down the stretch for any team. His shooting success elsewhere on the court suggests he can improve.
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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Devin Vassell 

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