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Name: Tai Webster

School: Nebraska

Season: Senior

ESPN High School Ranking: Unranked

Birthdate: May 29, 1995 (21)

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Family: 

- Parents Tony and Cherry Webster

- Father played basketball at University of Hawaii

- Older brother Corey played for the New Zealand National Team

High School: Westlake Boys High School

Accolades:

- New Zealand National Team (2014-present)

- 2015 Barclays Center Classic All-Tournament Team

- Three-Time NU Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll

- 2016 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team

Twitter: TJawtheRula

Height: 6'4

Weight: 195

Injury History: N/A

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Played professionally in New Zealand in 2012-13

- Played volleyball in High School

- Plays for the New Zealand National Team

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 3.9 PPG

- 2.1 RPG

- 2 APG

- 0.8 SPG

- 30% FG

- 17% 3

- 62% FT

Sophomore Season Stats: 

- 3.9 PPG

- 1.9 RPG

- 1.2 APG

- 0.7 SPG

- 36% FG

- 23% 3

- 74% FT

Junior Season Stats:

- 10.1 PPG

- 4.1 RPG

- 1.9 APG

- 1.4 SPG

- 47% FG

- 35% 3

- 74% FT

Senior Season Stats: Through 8 games

- 16.9 PPG

- 5.4 RPG

- 3.8 APG

- 1.1 SPG

- 49% FG

- 42% 3

- 77% FT

Analytics: 

- 4th in points per game and win shares in the Big Ten in 2016-17

Position: SG

Greatest Strength: Slashing

Greatest Weakness: Age

Athleticism: 8

Aggression: 8

Speed: 7

Strength: 6

Lateral Movement: 6

Basketball IQ: 7

Switchability: 6

3 point shooting: 6

Jumpshot: 7

Ability to finish at the rim: 7

Post moves: N/A

Handle: 7

Passing: 6

Rebounding: 6

Motor: 7

Touch: 6

Hands: 7

On ball defense: 6

Help defense: 7

Steals: 7

Blocks: 4

Pick and Roll: 

- Elite pick-and-roll scorer - very rare ability to get in the lane and score at the rim

- Very quick at turning the corner off a ball screen

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

 

- Fluid athlete

- Elite slasher

- Natural scorer + basketball player

- Smooth

- Quick movements to get open

Game Analysis: 

- vs. Clemson

- #10 Gabe DeVoe

- #11 Isaac Fields

- #2 Marcquise Reed

- Poor ball screen defense - goes right into screen and allows open pullup jumper

- Uses right ball screen, gets man on hip, good hesitation so the big helper leaves and line drive finished with right layin

- Catch left 45, dribbles toward middle, crossover back left and pullup for 3 - miss

- Catches at 3 point line, drives straight left, gets cut off, turns and fades a hook shot - miss

- Uses left screen way beyond 3 point line, changes direction left to right, takes 2 steps and finishes right layup, and 1 - FT 0/1

- Turnover in transition - carry

- Catch and shoot right corner 3 - hits

- Great help - notices guard pick up dribble because of Watson's good defense, and he gets in the lane and steals ball from him - takes it in transition for a layin - very quick

- At right 45, fakes to come up for handoff and cuts backdoor - help comes, forced to hang and misses 2 handed floater at rim

- Catches right 45, line drive to the rim, hangs with help defender contesting, misses double clutch layin attempt - rolls out

- Right ball screen at left 45, big stays with Webster, but he is still able to turn corner, high layup attempt blocked by third help defender

- Great help after Blossomgame pop to stunt and stop the drive which caused Blossomgame to settle for the 3

- Good feed over the D when he noticed big was alone at the hoop

- Good help at the right 45 to deny Blossomgame the middle after short corner catch - recovered but gave up a deep 3 - just a tough shot

- Beaten on backdoor cut from right 45, then after his man got offensive rebound gave up another middle drive - slow footwork

- Catches in right corner with little space, dribbles right towards short corner, spins back left, hangs to create space and floats it in at the rim - NBA move

- Catches at top of key, dribbles right then spins left - no room, tried to force, turned it over

- Left ball screen at right 45, hit roller above the big defender and he finished with a dunk

- Catch at top of 3, fake right pass to move help defender, then missed 3

- Line drive from right 45, good job of turning corner, blocked by help defender at rim

- Misses stepback 3 at the right 45

- Catches left 45, 2 dribbles right, spins left, gets into lane and bumped as he's taking floater by the big - FTs 1/2

NBA Comparison: Marcus Thornton

Current Ability: 6.6

Projection as an NBA Player: 7

Projected Draft Spot: Undrafted

Opinion: Webster is a professional scorer with elite slashing ability that cannot be taught. He will have no problem getting to the hoop, even in the NBA. He is not an elite athlete but is a very good basketball athlete with good fakes and a very quick first step. He does a solid job fighting around screens, but is an excellent help defender.