2021 Draft Watch: Observations on Terrence Clarke

September 2nd, 2020

By Alan Lu

I decided to take the time to watch Kentucky’s incoming 6-7 freshman forward, Terrence Clarke play for Brewster Academy in a high school game against Mount Zion Prep that took place on November 22nd, 2019, as I was able to see this with thanks to YouTube via YurView Sports.  Here are my thoughts on how Clarke and other various prospects fared in this game, as well as how their skills may translate to the NBA.

Kentucky’s 6-7 incoming freshman swingman, Terrence Clarke is a very skilled scorer that could be a likely lottery pick in the 2021 draft.
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Terrence Clarke is a very athletic, skilled swingman that can score the basketball in a variety of ways.  He excelled at scoring on hustle plays, as he would frequently score on fast breaks and off of put backs.  He was able to catch a lob pass to score on an alley-oop dunk in transition, and he also scored on a thunderous, windmill jam late in this match.  Plus, he also will dribble in to score off of put backs after getting offensive rebounds, and he was able to score on an acrobatic, reverse layup off of one.

Clarke also did a very good job of knocking long-range jumpers to provide floor spacing for his team on offense.  He especially excelled at making open, spot-up threes off the catch, and he also used a crossover move to make a pull-up three on a separate offensive possession.  He also managed to draw free throws on a left-handed drive to the hoop, but he also missed on a separate drive as he tried to take the shot from a tough angle.

He also displayed adequate playmaking skills.  Clarke can throw solid interior passes, and he also can pass the ball off the dribble to find teammates on the move to set up scores for them.  He has good court vision, and he will look to get the ball to the open man to get assists.  He did commit a couple of turnovers, though.  On one play, he carelessly dribbled off his foot and lost the ball early in this game.  He also attempted to score off of a drive, but ended up stepping out of bounds another time.

Plus, he also did a good job of rebounding the basketball.  Clarke would leap up and chase downs to get numerous boards on both ends of the floor to help his team get rebounds.  However, he will need to improve his focus on the defensive end.  On one good play, he managed to catch a teammate’s deflected inbounds pass from an opponent to help get a steal late in this game.  However, he generally struggled to defend opponents in one-on-one situations.  He had a tendency to bite on pump fakes when defending his opponents, and he also would get beat off the dribble, which would cause him to commit fouls and allow scores.  Early on, he struggled to fight through a series of screens and was late to rotate to his man, and he allowed his man to score on an uncontested three-point shot.

In general, Terrence Clarke is a very talented prospect that can shoot and score the basketball, and he is a high-flyer that also shoots the ball well from downtown.  He could project to be one of the best prospects in the 2021 draft, and he could be a likely lottery pick next year, as he is a player that may possess All-Star potential as a prospect for the NBA.

Other Notes:

Mt. Zion Prep’s 6-8 Syracuse-bound forward, Woody Newton also put forth a solid performance in his team’s tough loss to Brewster Academy.  Newton excelled as a shooter and defender in this game, but he also struggled with turnovers on offense.

Newton did a very good job of knocking down threes to space the floor for his team.  He is a good shooter that can run off ball screens to make jump shots from long distances, and he also dribbled the ball up the court to make a bank, pull-up three from way out.  He particularly excelled at making spot-up threes off the catch.  Plus, he also did a good job of scoring on aggressive drives to the hoop, as he has good body control to finish plays around the basket.  He also ran the floor to catch a long pass in order to score on an emphatic, two-handed jam on the break.  However, Newton also missed on a speedy drive in transition once, as he tried to rush his shot late in this game.

However, he was quite turnover prone in this game.  On one good play, Newton was able to find a roll man on the move to set up a score for him, as he can throw accurate interior passes.  However, he also tended to commit ball-handling turnovers.  Sometimes, he would lose the ball carelessly when he would handle it or go up for a shot, as he would occasionally tend to go too fast and out of control.  He also had a ball poked away another time, and he also was called for a carrying violation on a separate offensive possession.

Also, he was able to leap up to collect several defensive boards, and he was able to push the ball up the court after getting one in this match.  Newton also played solid defense.  He would poke balls away to get steals, and he would aptly use his length to contest jump shots to force misses.  Sometimes though, he would over-help in the paint and be late to rotate back, which would cause him to allow opponents to score on three-point shots.  Other times, he would be caught in a scramble situation, which would lead him to foul opponents off the dribble.

Overall, Woody Newton is an athletic, versatile swingman that can shoot and defend when he is on the floor, and he was able to make numerous solid plays on both ends of the court.  He will need to improve his ball-handling skills, but he looks to be a solid prospect that could be an impact player for Syracuse right away, and he could end up being a potential first round pick sometime in the future.

Virginia Tech’s 6-8 incoming freshman and Dutch forward, David N’Guessan had a solid showing for Mount Zion Prep, as he played very well in his team’s loss to Brewster Academy.  He is an athletic, energetic basketball player that excelled at attacking the basket to score inside, and he seemed to display a solid all-around set of skills when he was on the floor.

N’Guessan excelled at scoring on hustle plays.  He would often score in transition as well as off of put backs and rolls to the rim, and he can take on the contact to draw fouls upon his defenders to frequently get to the free throw line.  He also would run the floor to score on emphatic, two-handed jams, and he excelled at finishing plays above the rim to score the basketball.

He also was able to score on several half-court drives to the hoop, and he can finish plays using either hand.  Sometimes though, he would try to rush his shots, and may not always find his shooting touch, which can lead him to miss shots in traffic.  N’Guessan also attempted to take three-point shots, but he missed on all of his three-point attempts that he hoisted up from beyond the arc.

He also displayed decent playmaking skills.  N’Guessan is an unselfish player that will look to find the open man, and he can throw long outlet passes to set up scores for his teammates on the break.  He also passes the ball well out of the post, and he can throw accurate passes off the dribble.  However, he threw a hard pass that a teammate dropped out of bounds, and he also committed a charging foul when trying to drive to the hoop another time that also led to another turnover.

Plus, he also did a very good job of rebounding the basketball.  N’Guessan was quite active at crashing the glass, and he would leap up aggressively to get defensive boards to help his team get rebounds.

Defensively, he looked to be fairly average.  On one good play, he was able to rotate to make an emphatic, two-handed shot block on a drive to himself due to possessing good length, leaping ability, and timing.  He also aptly contested a shot off of a drive to force a miss.  Sometimes though, he would struggle to defend out on the perimeter.  Sometimes, he would get beat off the dribble, which would lead him to commit fouls and allow scores.  Another time, he sagged too far off his man, which led him to allow his opponent to score on a three-point shot.

In summary, David N’Guessan is an athletic combo forward that could be an impact player to Virginia Tech’s team next season.  He is a high-flyer that can score on fast breaks and off-ball motion plays, and he also seems to be a good passer and rebounder as well.  On the other hand, he will need to improve his jump shot and on-ball defense.  Over time, he could be an intriguing prospect to follow, as he could project to be a defensive specialist if he ends up making his way to the NBA one day.

Brewster Academy’s Minnesota-bound point guard, Jamal Mashburn Jr. played very well to help lead his team to a victory over Mt. Zion Prep.  He is an athletic, skilled playmaker that shoots the ball well, and his strong sharpshooting skills helped get his team the win.

Mashburn did a very good job of knocking down jumpers to space the floor for his team.  He especially excelled at making open corner threes off the catch, and he also made a pull-up three from the corner another time.  He also made a pull-up jumper from just inside the arc late in this game, and Mashburn is a good shooter that is a solid marksman from the field.  However, he did also miss several threes early on, and he even missed one completely from beyond the arc.

Plus, he also can score on aggressive drives to the basket.  He tends to favor going to his right, but Mashburn shows good touch as he can make shots high off the glass, and he also has good foot speed that allows him to draw fouls upon his defenders.  Plus, he also scored on a quick backdoor cut on a separate play.

He also displayed fairly average playmaking skills.  Though he didn’t look to pass the ball very often, he was able to dribble the ball up court to kick the ball out to a corner shooter to notch an assist.  However, he threw a weak bounce pass that was deflected out of bounds another time.  He also drove into traffic before having the ball poked away that led him to commit a turnover.

He also was able to leap up to get several defensive rebounds to help his team on the boards in this game.  Mashburn also played fairly good defense.  He will play passing lanes and jump on loose balls to help his team get steals.  Plus, he also managed to successfully draw a charge when defending a drive.  He also closed out on a three-point shot to force a miss another time.  However, he also struggled to defend stronger opponents off the dribble and in the post, which would lead him to commit fouls and allow scores.

Overall, Jamal Mashburn Jr. is a solid shooter that excels at knocking down long-range jumpers to provide floor spacing to his team on offense, and he also can put up a barrage of points to get his team buckets.  He will need to improve his playmaking skills to show that he can effectively run the point at higher levels, and he will also need to show that he can defend taller, more athletic opponents on a more consistent basis.  Regardless, he is a skilled playmaker that could be a player to watch in the future.

Brewster Academy’s Boston College-bound guard, Demarr Langford Jr. also played well to help lead his team to a win over Mt. Zion Prep.  He excelled at attacking the basket and he was able to make solid plays on both ends of the floor.

Langford excelled at scoring on strong drives to the hoop.  He can score on graceful layups, as he changes directions well and can consistently get scores around the basket.  He also was able to drive hard to the hoop to score on a thunderous dunk.  He tended to favor scoring with his right hand, but he showed a deft ability to get to the rim to score the basketball.  Plus, he also managed to score on a backdoor cut early on.  Sometimes though, he would miss shots around the basket, as he would sometimes rush his shots at times.  In addition, he did not look to take many jumpers from outside of the paint area, and he did not appear to take a three-point shot in this game.

He also displayed good playmaking skills.  Langford tended to throw crisp, accurate passes off the dribble, and he also threw a nice lob pass to set up a score for a teammate on the break.  He can aptly find teammates on the move, and he also can find cutters mid-stride.  However, when posting up, he dribbled into traffic before having the ball taken away, and he also threw a hasty inbounds pass that was picked off late in this contest.

Also, Langford did a very good job of rebounding the basketball.  He would frequently leap up to get boards on both sides of the ball, and sometimes he would push the ball up the court to create fast break scoring opportunities for his team afterwards.

Plus, he also played decent defense in this game.  Langford was able to intercept a long pass to get a steal, and he also jumped on a loose ball to get another.  He also would contest shots in the paint to force misses.  Sometimes though, he would be late on his rotations, as he would not be in a position to ably contest shots around the basket.  He also sagged too far off his man to allow an opponent to score on a three-point shot, and he also got beat off the dribble to allow a score another time.

Overall, Demarr Langford Jr. is an athletic, skilled playmaker that can make solid plays on both ends of the floor.  However, he will need to improve his jump shot and show that he can ably guard taller players out on the perimeter, as he may be a bit undersized to play out on the wing.  He may be an underrated prospect that can play either backcourt position, and he could be a prospect to watch in the future.

Brewster Academy’s 6-5, Syracuse-bound guard, Kadary Richmond showed off some solid playmaking and defensive skills in his team’s win over Mt. Zion Prep.  He struggled to make shots from outside of the paint area, but he seemed to primarily excel as a facilitator and defender when he was on the court.

Richmond excelled at scoring on fast break drives in transition.  He will push the ball up the court to lead the break, and he can score on smooth layups as well as draw fouls upon his defenders to get to the free throw line.  He also did an adequate job of getting scores off the dribble.  He can finish plays using either hand to score on strong drives to the hoop, but he also would sometimes miss on contested, off-balanced layups due to rushing.  He also struggled to make outside shots, as he missed on a corner three and on a pull-up jumper from mid-range another time.

Richmond displayed decent playmaking skills.  He is an athletic ball handler that can find teammates on the move, and he will throw accurate, long passes to set up scoring chances for his teammates.  He passes the ball well on the break, and he also managed to find a cutter to notch an assist.  Sometimes though, he can get sloppy with his ball handling, as he had a ball taken away when handling it up the court once, and he also was called for traveling another time.

Plus, he also was able to haul in his fair share of boards, as he would leap up to get defensive rebounds, and sometimes he would push the ball up the court afterwards.

Also, Richmond played solid defense in this game.  He excelled at poking balls away from opposing ball handlers to get steals, as he possesses good length, athleticism, and anticipation skills to do so, and he also got his hands on a pass to help force another turnover.  He also managed to block a three-point shot due to possessing good timing, and he would aptly contest threes to force misses.  Sometimes though, he would be caught ball watching, which would cause him to be late on his rotations to allow scores.  He also committed a reach-in foul when defending in the post another time due to over-aggressiveness.

Overall, Kadary Richmond is a tall, skilled ball handler that can ably run the point, and he also can play multiple positions on the court.  He will need to improve his jump shot and be more aggressive on offense, but he may be an underrated prospect, as he could end up being a potential second round pick sometime down the road.

Brewster Academy’s 6-1, Maryland-bound point guard, Marcus Dockery excelled as a shooter and scorer to help get his team a tough win over Mt. Zion Prep.  He excelled at making three-point shots from beyond the arc, as he can do so off the catch or dribble, and he also has plenty of range on his shot.  However, he struggled to score more when he would take shots inside the arc.  He did manage to score on a backdoor cut, but he missed completely on a pull-up jumper from mid-range, as well as on a cut another time.

Though he didn’t seem to make many noteworthy passes, Dockery was able to get the ball to an open shooter to notch an assist once.  He also was able to chase down a couple of balls to get defensive rebounds.  Defensively, he looked to be about average.  He fought through a screen to contest a three to force a miss, but he also sagged too far off his man to allow an opponent to make a corner three another time.

Overall, Dockery is a skilled, sharpshooter that can drain long-range jumpers to provide floor spacing for his team on offense.  He will likely need to improve in the other facets of the game, but he could end up being a solid role player at the collegiate level, and in a favorable scenario, he could perhaps make it to the NBA as a shooting specialist one day.

Mt. Zion Prep’s George Mason-bound swingman, Otis Frazier III played fairly good all-around game in his team’s loss to Brewster Academy.  Frazier is an athletic player that can attack the basket and he also can make sound plays to help his team on both ends of the floor.

Frazier did a good job of scoring on hustle plays in this game.  He would tend to score off of cuts, put backs, and in transition, and he also ran the floor to score on a high-flying, thunderous dunk on the break early on.  He would tend to score on layups in transition, and he has good body control to score on tough put backs after leaping up to get offensive rebounds.  He also will take on the contact to draw fouls upon his defenders to get to the free throw line.  Sometimes though, he would miss on contested shots around the basket.

He also was able to score on a strong baseline drive to the hoop, as he was able to get the extra free throw on that play.  However, he also tended to miss on off-balanced drives in traffic, and he also was unable to connect on any his long-range jumpers from downtown.

Plus, he also displayed solid playmaking skills.  Frazier is an unselfish player that can find teammates on the break to set up scores for them, and he will get the ball to shooters to rack up assists.  Frazier possesses good court vision, and he can spot open teammates at the last second.  On the other hand, he did drop a pass out of bounds once, and he also threw an inbounds pass that was intercepted by a defender towards the end of the game.

Plus, Frazier also did a very good job of rebounding the basketball.  He would frequently run in and leap up to get numerous offensive boards to help his team on the glass, and he would often provide his team with second chance points on offense. 

Also, he played solid defense in this game.  Frazier excelled at poking balls away and playing passes to get steals and deflections for his team, and he would actively pounce upon balls to help his team force turnovers.  Sometimes though, he would commit touch fouls due to over-aggressiveness, and he also occasionally struggled to defend opponents off of cuts and drives, which would cause him to allow scores.

Overall, Otis Frazier III is an athletic, energetic swingman that will make hustle plays to help his team on both ends of the floor, and he also is a good passer and rebounder.  He will need to improve his jump shot, but his ability to make plays on both sides of the ball could allow him to be an impact player in college basketball, and he may be an underrated prospect that could project to be a defensive specialist role at the NBA level.

Brewster Academy’s 6-7, Miami-bound forward, Matt Cross made some solid plays to help his team get the win over Mt. Zion Prep.  Though he had his ups and downs, he is an energetic player that showed off solid defensive skills to help his team get the victory.

Cross is a good shot blocker that can ably make quick rotations, and possesses good motor and timing to swat numerous shots to help his team protect the paint.  He would often do so when defending in the post or off of drives, and he would consistently direct those balls to his teammates each time he would block a shot.  He also would actively contest layups to force misses.  Sometimes though, he would have trouble staying in front of his man, as he would get beat on dribble moves that would cause him to commit fouls and allow scores.  He also had trouble defending on screens, as he would sometimes forget to tell his teammates where the screener was, and he also would be late on his rotations.  Another time, he sagged too far off his man, which led him to allow an opponent to score on a three-point shot.

He also can score on mid-range jumpers, and Cross also scored on a drive in transition once.  However, he would sometimes struggle to get all the way to the hoop when looking to score off the dribble, and he also missed all of his three-point shots from beyond the arc.

He also was a bit turnover prone in this game.  On the bright side, he is an unselfish player that will look to find the open man, and he can throw accurate, long passes to set up scoring chances for his teammates.  However, he landed out of bounds once after catching a pass.  Another time, he tried to save a ball when going for a rebound, but later threw the ball that got intercepted by an opponent.  He also had a ball poked away after trying to dribble off of a defensive rebound, as he will also need to improve his ball-handling skills.

Overall, Cross is a fairly athletic, high-motor combo forward that possesses decent defensive skills, and he is a player that may project to be a defensive specialist if he ends up making it to the NBA.  He will need to improve his jump shot and playmaking skills, and he will also need to show that he can ably guard quicker players out in space.  Still, his ability to defend in the paint could enable him to be a solid role player in college, and he could be a prospect to keep tabs on in the future.

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