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Name: Jalen Adams

School: Connecticut 

Season: Sophomore

ESPN High School Ranking: 25 (2015)

Birthdate: December 11, 1995 (21)

Birthplace: Roxbury, Massachusetts

Family: Parents Sylvia Bell and Shawn Adams

High School: Brewster Academy

Accolades:

- Won 2015 National Prep Championship

- Won MVP of Jordan Brand Classic Regional game

Height: 6'2 (Numbers taken from 2014 Nike Skills Academy)

Weight: 191

Wingspan: 6'6.5

Injury History: N/A

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Says he hung around right people growing up

- Describes himself as an athetlic guard that likes to attack the rim

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 7.3 PPG

- 2.6 RPG

- 2.4 APG

- 1.1 SPG

- 43% FG

- 27% 3

- 86% FT

Sophomore Season Stats: Through 9 games

- 17.9 PPG

- 5.3 APG

- 4.9 RPG

- 1.2 SPG

- 48% FG

- 43% 3

- 66% FT

Analytics: 

- 5th in assist percentage in the NCAA

- 1st in assist percentage in the AAC in 2016-17

- 3rd in assists per game and points produced per game in the AAC in 2016-17

Position: PG/SG

Greatest Strength: Athleticism

Greatest Weakness: Guarding ball screens

Athleticism: 8

Aggression: 8

Speed: 8

Strength: 6

Lateral Movement: 6

Basketball IQ: 7

Switchability: 6

3 point shooting: 7

Jumpshot: 7

Ability to finish at the rim: 8

Post moves: N/A

Handle: 7

Passing: 7

Rebounding: 7

Motor: 8

Touch: 7

Hands: 7

On ball defense: 6

Help defense: 

Steals: 7

Blocks: 4

Pick and Roll: 

- Adams gets beat to the lane too often on ball screens - He is a great athlete and should be able to fix that

- He does a great job of contesting shots when he goes under screens

- Offensively, Adams is great at getting to the hoop using ball screens

- He is typically a good decision maker, but needs to improve

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Long arms

- Good athlete

- Good vision - makes accurate shot ready passes

- Good shooter midrange and 3

- Good at boxing out

- Long strides

- Good off ball defender 

- Mediocre on ball defender

- Good rebounding guard

- Solid lateral movement

Game Analysis: 

- vs. Syracuse

- #1 Frank Howard

- #4 John Gillon

- #3 Andrew White III

- #25 Tyus Battle

- Left ball screen at top of zone, finds weak side 45 shooter for 3 - miss

- Same play again - quick off the dribble

- Good look ahead in transition

- Good boxout on Lydon

- Stripped by help on drive from right 45

- Left screen at top of zone, two dribble pullup jumper from left elbow - hits

- Catch and shoot hits 3 left corner

- At left 45 3, jab right, drive left, jumped but no shot available, forced one handed floater - miss

- Off offensive rebound found open shooter in corner for 3 - aware passer - finds a lot of holes in Syracuse zone

- Goes under screen but contests shot then recovers to stunt strong-side drive - good help D

- Drives into heart of zone, kicks out to open 3 point shooter at left 45 - miss

- Note - Syracuse zone is much weaker than in previous years

- Misses pullup straightaway 3 

- Great hustle to steal dribble at half by diving - then got timeout 

- Catch and shoot left 45 3 - miss

- Catch and shoot right 45 3 - airball

- Throws it away ahead in transition 

- Gets too deep into the lane on right drive, can't find open man going out of bounds - throws it away

- Catches right short elbow in zone, misses easy look jumper

- Misses pullup jumper left elbow 

- Catch and shoot 3 at right 45 - hangs in air, creates contact and gets foul called - 2/3

- Beaten to hoop on ball screen - went over

- Beaten again on ball screen

- Gets rebound, drives right in transition into multiple defenders, hangs, gets foul call shooting floater (bailout) - FTs 2/2

- Right to left crossover at left 45, one dribble in, pullup jumper - hits

- Grabs rebound, nobody picks him up, goes straight right in transition into Coleman up and under right - misses but gets fouled - FTs 1/2

- Catch and shoot 3 at right 45 stepping into it in rhythm - swish

NBA Comparison: Worse Russell Westbrook

Current Ability: 6.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 7.5-8

Projected Draft Spot: Late 1st Round

Opinion: Adams is one of my sleeper picks. I think he is in a similar situation to Russell Westbrook in that he has the body and the tools but nobody knows it yet, especially playing on a mediocre UCONN team. I think he is lottery talent, and could be a starting PG in the NBA.