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Ethan Happ



Name: Ethan Happ

School: Wisconsin

Season: Sophomore

ESPN High School Ranking: Unranked (2014)

Birthdate: May 7, 1996 (20)

Birthplace: Taylor Ridge, Illinois


- First cousin is MLB star pitcher J.A. Happ  

- Father and brothers all played college basketball/football

- Christmas family get-togethers always involved competitive basketball - to get minutes as the youngest, Ethan had to scrap

High School: Rockridge High School


- 2015-16 Big Ten Freshman of the Year  

- 2015-16 Third Team All-Big Ten  

- 2015-16 Big Ten All-Freshman Team  

- 2015-16 Big Ten All-Defensive Team

Twitter: EthanHapp22

Instagram: EthanHapp22

Height: 6'10

Weight: 232

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

 - Has gotten better as season gone on - averaging 17.1 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 2.9 APG. 2.7 SPG, and 1.5 BPG in conference play  

- Redshirted his first season at Wisconsin  

- Said Wisconsin was the first team to show significant interest in him  

- Between 8th grade and his Sophomore season in High School he grew from 5'9 to 6'6  

- High School coach Toby Whiteman said he has never seen anyone as competitive as Happ - after a bad game he would get the keys to the gym to practice  

- He also spent months working mostly on free throws after he missed a key pair late in a game

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 12.4 PPG  

- 7.9 RPG  

- 1.3 APG  

- 0.9 BPG  

- 1.8 SPG  

- 54% FG  

- 64% FT

Sophomore Season Stats: Through 25 games

- 14.2 PPG  

- 9.2 RPG  

- 2.8 APG

- 1.1 BPG  

- 2 SPG  

- 60% FG  

- 51% FT


 - Incredible offensive and defensive rating per 100 possessions - about 40 points difference  

- Only gives up 80.4 points per 100 possessions  

- 1st in field goal percentage, 2 poiners made, steals, steal percentage, defensive rating, defensive win shares, win shares per 40 minutes, defensive box plus/minus, and box plus/minus  in the Big Ten in 2016-17  

- 17th in field goal percentage in the NCAA  

- 1st in player efficiency rating, defensive rating, win shares per 40 minutes, and box plus/minus in the NCAA  

- 18th in total rebound percentage in the NCAA  

- 11th in steal percentage in the NCAA  

- 3rd in defensive win shares in the NCAA  

- 15th in win shares in the NCAA  

- 15th in offensive box plus/minus in the NCAA  

- 2nd in defensive box plus/minus in the NCAA

Position: PF/C - more of a C because he plays almost exclusively in the post

Greatest Strength: Post moves + positioning

Greatest Weakness: FT shooting

Athleticism: 7

Aggression: 8

Speed: 7

Strength: 7

Lateral Movement: 7

Basketball IQ: 8

Switchability: 6

3 point shooting: N/A

Jumpshot: 6

Ability to finish at the rim: 8

Post moves: 8

Handle: 6

Passing: 7

Rebounding: 8

Motor: 7

Touch: 8

Hands: 8

On ball defense: 7

Help defense: 8

Steals: 8

Blocks: 7

Pick and Roll: 

- Happ is great on both ends in the pick and roll. He can show, recover, and gather the rebound on D

- Offensively, he is elite at rolling and gaining deep post positioning to score

= His pick and roll ability on both ends is why he can be a solid NBA player and why the analytics on him are so impressive

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

 - Undersized C  

- Great at boxing out, always puts a body on man  

- Strong base for rebounding/boxing out  

- Always working and countering in the post - presents a hand where he wants it  

- Willing and capable passer  

- Great finisher in the post - does a great job getting to his spot and protecting the ball with his body and the net  

- Good pick and roll defender  

- Moves well for his size  

- Nose for the ball  

- Poor FT shooter

Game Analysis:

- vs. Tennessee  

- #11 Kyle Alexander  

- #21 Lew Evans  

- #2 Grant Williams

 - Good boxout and got def rebound  

- Strong screen that frees up Koenig  

- Nobody picks him up in transition, catches cutting in the lane and lays it in  

- Open under hoop, catches, up and under layup and fouled - FT 1/1  

- Travelled on the catch  

- Great pick and roll D - showed and stuck with the guard to affect shot  

- Fantastic offensive rebound, snuck around the d, under the net, and tipped in the missed Hayes attempt  

- Beat everyone down the floor but couldn't gather pass that was a bit ahead of him - turnover  

- Catches left block, good skip pass to opposite 45  

- Catches under hoop on left, clears space, goes right, pumps and then misses layup attempt  

- Cuts in the lane, catches, finishes under hoop with right layup  

- Catches on left block, double teamed, pass to perimeter tipped and stolen  

- Catches in right short corner, backs down, reverses and hits layup with right on left side - used body and net to protect ball  

- Nice skip pass to weakside corner on the double team  

- Catches in transition at the hoop for layup  - Great offensive rebound, fouled - FTs 1/2  

- Dives into middle of zone, catches, spins left and fouled going for layup attempt - FTs 1/2  

- Gets in lane and steals entry pass, then runs the floor and fouled going up for layup - FTs 1/2

- Got own offensive rebound after nobody boxed him out after missing FT

Game Analysis

-       January 23, 2018 at Iowa

-       Started slow – 0/3 on easy looks deep in the post

-       Good passer out of the post, aware, passes out when double comes

-       Pretty agile for a big

-       Very agile guarding the pick and roll, even attempted steal on guard and recovered quickly to Cook

-       Pretty quick laterally

-       Impressive defensive rebound, good hops and hands

-       Not very quick with the ball, plays under control, moves at his pace

-       Good handle

-       Either goes up with short hook shot on back down or attacks one way, accepts contact, spins away and takes hook/layup

-       has finished everything around hoop since starting slowly

-       Final Stats – 21 pts, 8/14 fg, 5/5 ft, 10 reb (2 off), 5 ast, 3 stl, 4 to, 5 pf, 30 min


NBA Comparison: Jusuf Nurkic

Current Ability: 6.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 7

Projected Draft Spot: Mid-Late 2nd Round

Opinion: Happ is a great offensive post player. He is incredibly effective at getting deep post positioning and finishing with either hand. While his post moves are good, he is pretty slow making his move and lacks the strength to bang with NBA bigs down low. He has his go to over the shoulder hook, and can counter with a spin move or up and under. He has good touch with either hand in the post. Happ is always under control and backs down slowly while feeling the defender.

Happ is a poor athlete with the ball and is slow making moves from the perimeter or pushing the ball in transition. But, he has a very good handle for a big and even plays guard, often bringing the ball up for Wisconsin. He is very aware of the double team in the post and passes well out of it, his head is always up. Happ boxes out consistently and is a pretty good rebounder. He actually has good hops and can get up high rebounding.

Happ is an undersized C, but moves really well. He affects a lot of shots and guards the pick and roll well. The analytics suggest Happ is one of the best players in college basketball. Happ simply makes plays on both sides of the ball.

Happ is a pretty skilled college player but lacks the elite athleticism and potential to ever be more than a rotation big. Against NBA size, I don’t think Happ will be able to have his way on either end as he is pretty thin. I think Happ could get drafted in the 2nd round because he already has post skills that cannot be taught. But Happ lacks the potential to really excel in the NBA.