Mfiondu Kabengele Scouting Report

Player Comparison: A poor man’s Myler Turner

Analysis: Mfiondu Kabergele is perhaps the draft’s most underrated prospect…today, Kabengele is extremely raw offensively and has a long way to go in his development…you have to like the tools though…standing at 6’8 with a 7’3 wingspan—Mfiondu Kabengele can effect the game on the defensive end being very switchable and guarding multiple positions…shooting 37% from deep, Mfiondu Kabengele has a better shot and more offensive upside than many give him credit for…I believe his proper draft projection is right in between the 1st and 2nd round border, but I value Mfiondu Kabengele here at the 16th spot on the Big Board for the 2019 NBA Draft.

Bruno Fernando Scouting Report

Player Comparison: Serge Ibaka

Analysis: Bruno Fernando is one of the more physically imposing prospects in the draft…has a NBA tailor-made body…Bruno Fernando can develop into a solid low post scorer at the NBA level…Fernando contributes in a number of ways on the glass and playing solid defense…his offensive game needs to advance a great deal for Bruno Fernando to realize his potential…can be a bit sloppy and has a slower mental processing…he does have a good shot from the Foul Line, so if you squint real hard, you can see Bruno Fernando develop into a 18-20’ shooter at the NBA level…again, I like this Center class substantially more than most out there—in this case, I have Bruno Fernando just outside of the lottery in terms of value, but ultimately I expect him to be drafted in the early 20s during the 2019 NBA Draft.

Matisse Thybulle Scouting Report

Player Comparison: Danny Green

Analysis: Matisse Thybulle may very be the top defender, regardless of position, in this entire draft class…watching Thybulle’s defensive highlights alone are worth the time…averaging 2.5 blocks and FOUR steals per 36—Matisse Thybulle is an absolute defensive menace…a 6’6 wing with a 7’ wingspan—Thybulle has the potential to develop into a NBA level 3&D player…that being said, he is far away offensively…his shot selection is very erratic…his offensive game is wildly inconsistent…and for a 22-year old prospect, you have to wonder if his game on the offensive end will ever catch up…I love him—I have Matisse Thybulle ranked substantially higher than virtually anyone else in the NBA draft scouting community…I expect him to go in the later portion of the 1st round, and if that is the case, count Matisse Thybulle as one of the better value picks in the entire 2019 NBA Draft.

Romeo Langford Scouting Report

Player Comparison: Poor man’s Eric Gordon

Analysis: Romeo Langford is one of the more fascinating prospects entering the 2019 NBA Draft…Langford brings ideal measurements to the table as a 6’6 195 shooting guard…with a 6’10 wingspan Romeo Langford is a natural scorer and is a problem to stop on the defensive end…Romeo Langford projects to be an above average shooter from deep…Langford is not a quick-twitch athlete and wins much more with his length and basketball IQ than he does with quickness and athleticism…Langford needs more development and to get stronger in order to sustain at the NBA level…Romeo Langford still has his fans in the scouting community, so expect him to be a back-end lottery pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Coby White Scouting Report

Player Comparison: Jamal Murray

Analysis: Many in the NBA Scouting Community have a wide divide between Darius Garland and Coby White—and I don’t see it that way…I see both prospects as flawed, score first mentality players who I question their ability and their willingness to run an offense…Coby White is a versatile offensive weapon who can score from anywhere on the court…one of the fastest players with the ball in his hand in this class…a blur in the open court…Coby White feels like a bit of a ‘tweener’ even in today’s position-less modern NBA…I doubt his ability to be a facilitator on offense, and I don’t believe he is anywhere near big enough to hold up off ball…from all accounts the NBA and league executives like him more than I do, so Coby White feels like a lock to go in a similar range as Darius Garland, somewhere from picks 4-7 in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Sekou Doumbouya Scouting Report

Player Comparison: Pascal Siakam

Analysis: Sekou Doumbouya is one of the younger prospects in the entire 2019 NBA Draft…Doumbouya needs a ton of refinement as he is a very raw prospect at this point in his development, however, he has one of the higher upsides…Sekou Doumbouya is very twitchy and can guard multiple positions on the floor…Doumbouya is a superb athlete who can immediately excel in the transition game…being a raw prospect—his mental processing is not there at this point…Sekou Doumbouya is two years away from contributing at the NBA level in a meaningful way, but his long-term outlook remains very high, and in this draft his upside is enough to allow him to slip into the lottery of the 2019 NBA Draft.

Jaxson Hayes Scouting Report

Player Comparison: Jarrett Allen

Analysis: Jaxson Hayes is dripping with potential and has all the tools that you are looking for in a Center prospect…Measuring just under 7’0 with a 7’4 wingspan, length will not be an issue for Jaxon Hayes…Hayes is more advanced on the defensive side of the floor as he projects to be a true rim protector with 3.5 per 36 block rate…you have to like his upside offensively however, as he has a solid stroke and his 74% Free Throw numbers project him to be a good shooter at the NBA level…Jaxson Hayes is going to have to add muscle to his 7’0 220 frame, and will need significant development to reach his NBA potential…many have Jaxson Hayes as their #1 Center prospect, so I would imagine he is locked into a lottery pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Goga Bitadze Scouting Report

Player Comparison: Jusuf Nurkic

Analysis: Goga Bitadze is one of the more fascinating prospects in this draft class…Bitadze has really been a productive player at such a young age…what you like is the fact that his game appears to be translatable to the NBA…he has a nice jumper from the outside…Goga Bitadze is an instinctive player who projects to be an above average passer for a big man…plays with an edge and a physicality that you like to see in your big men…with a 3.5 Per 36 block rate—Bitadze has shown an ability to be a high-level help defender…Bitadze is not the best lateral defender, so the further away from the basket, the more likely he is to struggle…I really like Goga Bitadze, more than most, and believe he has the upside to return Lottery value to the team who selects him in the 2019 NBA Draft.

De’Andre Hunter Scouting Report

Player Comparison: Mikal Bridges

Analysis: De’Andre Hunter excels on the defensive end first and foremost…very switchable and can guard multiple positions…quick feet that allows him to shadow the opposition, but also uses his length to his advantage…Hunter has never generated a large number of blocks or steals, so that is a bit puzzling…what you like to see is additional development in these prospects, and DeAndre Hunter continued to improve on the offensive end of the floor throughout his collegiate career…Hunter has stretched his game beyond the 3-point line, and is among the better 3&D prospects in the 2019 NBA Draft…De’Andre Hunter is NBA ready at this point, and has a great shot to be a Top 10 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Brandon Clarke Scouting Report

Player Comparison: Paul Millsap

Analysis: Brandon Clarke is more well-rounded than you originally would think…Clarke is known most notably for his defense…fluid athlete who can guard multiple positions…by virtue of his 4 block per 36 Min mark, Brandon Clarke can be an asset as a shot blocker as well as garnering steals on defense…despite just having a 6’8 wingspan to go along with his 6’8 height—he has outstanding timing…good bounce on both ends of the floor…good mid-range jumper and can get to the rim with either hand…the concern is that his offensive game doesn’t extend beyond the three-point range, and as one of the older prospects in the 2019 NBA Draft, you have to wonder about Brandon Clarke’s upside…that being said, his ability to effect the game on both ends of the court have him in the running for a Top 10 pick.