CHRIS BOUCHER #25

 

 
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Name: Chris Boucher

School: 

- 2013 - New Mexico Junior College

- 2014 - Northwest College

- 2015-17 - Oregon

Season: Senior

ESPN High School Ranking: Unranked

Birthdate: January 11, 1993 (23)

Birthplace: 

- Born in Castries, St. Lucia

- Family moved to Montreal, Quebec when he was a toddler

Family: 

- Parents split after move to Canada

- Primarily lived with his mom, brother, and sister

- Lived in bad neighbourhoods, family moved around a lot

High School: ALMA Academy

Accolades:

- NJCAA Division I Player of the Year - averaging 22.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game at Northwest College in Wyoming 

- 2014-15 First Team All-American

Twitter: N/A

Instagram: SlimmDuck

Height: 6'9.5

Weight: 193

Wingspan: 7'3.5

Standing Reach: N/A

No Step Vert: N/A

Max Vert: N/A

Body Fat %: N/A

Injury History: 

Minor ankle injury suffered in Junior season - did not miss any games

- Tore ACL March 10, 2017 in game vs. Cal

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Did not play organized ball until he was 19

- Played soccer and hockey in high school

- Appears to want to succeed in life, not necessarily basketball

Junior Season Stats: 

- 12.1 PPG

- 7.4 RPG

- 2.9 BPG

- 54% FG

- 34% 3

- 69% FT

Senior Season Stats: Through 9 Games

- 13.6 PPG

- 7 RPG

- 3 BPG

- 59% FG

- 39% 3

- 61% FT

Analytics: 

- 7th in blocks per game in the NCAA

- 5th in block percentage in the NCAA

- 7th in defensive rating in the NCAA

- 14th in win shares per 40 minutes in the NCAA

- 14th in defensive box plus/minus in the NCAA

- 11th in box plus/minus in the NCAA

- 1st in defensive win shares in the Pac 12 2016-17

- 2nd in offensive rating in the Pac 12 in 2016-17

Position: PF

Greatest Strength: Length + Shot blocking

Greatest Weakness: Aggression

Athleticism: 8

Aggression: 4

Speed: 6

Strength: 5

Lateral Movement: 6

Basketball IQ: 5

Switchability: 7

3 point shooting: 6

Jumpshot: 6

Ability to finish at the rim: 6

Post moves: 5

Handle: 5

Passing: 5

Rebounding: 6

Motor: 7

Touch: 6

Hands: 6

On ball defense: 7

Help defense: 8

Steals: 4

Blocks: 9

Pick and Roll: 

- Defensively, Boucher is good at showing and recovering to his man 

- His length halts offensive ball handlers from getting to the hoop - forces tough shots 

- Offensively, Boucher is an effective alley-oop threat, and can also pick and pop to the 3 point line

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Boucher is a very good shot blocker - can cover so much ground

- He is extremely versatile as he can guard on both the perimeter and in the paint

- His athleticism and shooting ability are rare for his length

- He is raw talent, but potential is there to become an NBA rotation player - flashes of brilliance but not consistent domination ever

- Boucher makes very few aggressive moves with the ball - usually a spot up shooter

- Sometimes loses his man because he is so help conscious/ball watches

- Does not box out consistently

- Solid 3 point shooter

- Needs to improve FT shooting

Game Analysis: 

- vs. Georgetown

- #11 Isaac Copeland

- #15 Jesse Govan

- Immediately notice how tall he is - especially playing defense on the perimeter

- Blindly drives middle from left corner right into help - charge

- Good job of showing help on drive and then recovering to contest 3 point shot

- Missed 3 right corner catch and shoot

- Incredible blocked shot in transition - came out of nowhere and pinned ball on glass

- Great show as weakside help, presents himself early with hands straight up

- Good backdoor cut, ball went right through his hands

- Misses catch and shoot right corner 3

- Gets to offensive glass on weakside, able to gather offensive because of long arms, gather, and dunk

- Off teammate drive, great backdoor cut, tried to reverse but blocked - it was the right play nevertheless

- Good boxout

- Pumps at 3 point line, one dribble in, bricks jumper

- Sometimes gets away with ball watching because he is so long - recovered back to man and made him pass mid-air because otherwise he was going to block shot

- Fouled fighting for post positioning - FTs - 0/2

- Out of control gather at right short corner, turns it over passing baseline to weak corner

- Does not box out, simply watches rebound go to Georgetown player - but then blocks his floater attempt at the hoop

- Fails to box out again

- Another block - coming weakside - goes straight up, does not reach

- Catches at left 45, pumps, beats man to hoop but blocked at rim by help - not enough strength/aggression to go through defender

- Another block guarding his man on left block - nobody can get a shot off when he is near - does great job of staying down on pump fakes

- Another block off inbound alley-oop

- Good help again on drive, hand straight up, forces bad shot by guard

- Missed catch and shoot 3 at right 45

- On strong side stops corner drive, forces pass to his man, and then blocks his left handed layup attempt at the hoop

- Lob to him, sneaks behind defender baseline and lays it in

- Another block - 6 now

- Good follow on fast break, gets offensive rebound at rim and lays it back in

NBA Comparison: Austin Daye

Current Ability: 5

Projection as an NBA Player: 6

Projected Draft Spot: Undrafted

Opinion: Boucher does not have NBA skills, but it is rare to be able to shoot 3s and block shots for his size and mobility. I think the ACL tear he suffered will end his hopes of being drafted. He has flashes of brilliance. He will probably never be a big impact player, but his switchability and length give him a shot at making an NBA roster.