Analyzing Tristan da Silva, Chibuzo Agbo, and KJ Simpson

March 21st, 2024

By Alan Lu

Yesterday, I took the time to watch Cody Williams and Colorado take on Boise State in the First Four of the 2024 NCAA Tournament.  Unfortunately, Williams has been dealing with a facial injury, but he strangely was not wearing a face mask.  His impact on the game was severely limited, as he made one big block on the defensive end, but that was about it, and he was held scoreless on offense.  Luckily for him, his teammates picked up the slack, as the trio of Tristan da Silva, KJ Simpson, and Eddie Lampkin came through for him, and the trio (da Silva, Simpson, and Lampkin) managed to score 52 of the 60 points to get a win in a grind it out, defensive battle over Boise State.

Tristan da Silva scored 20 points to lead Colorado to a First Four win over Boise State in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. (Photo: Aaron Doster/Associated Press, via The Denver Post)

Tristan da Silva had a solid all-around showing to help lead his team to a win over Boise State.  He played a very efficient game as he made shots from all three levels, thrived at scoring on motion plays early on, and he was able to make some solid defensive plays in this game.

Da Silva did a good job of knocking down threes to provide floor spacing for his team on offense.  He excelled at making spot-up threes off the catch, and he was able to make them in rhythm.  He did throw up an air-ball when attempting a contested three once, but generally he excelled at making long-range shots, especially when he would get the time and space to get his shot off.

He also thrived at scoring on hustle plays.  Da Silva was able to score on a backdoor cut early on, and he also drew free throws off of another cut.  He also excelled as a finisher around the basket, as he showed good body control and finishing ability to score off the dribble and out of the post. 

He also looked to be fairly average as a playmaker in this game.  For the positives, da Silva is a willing passer, as he was able to throw an accurate entry pass to notch an assist, and he also was able to make a drive and kick pass another time.  However, sometimes he would be careless with the ball, which would lead him to commit turnovers.  He threw a low, inaccurate entry pass that got deflected and intercepted.  He also had the ball poked away from him that led to another turnover.

Though he didn’t get many boards in this game, da Silva was able to haul in several defensive boards to chip in on the glass.  He also played decent defense in this game.  Da Silva was able to fly in to block a three-point shot to a teammate.  He also would contest shots both out on the perimeter and in the paint to force misses.  However, sometimes he would get outmuscled when defending in the post and off the dribble, which would lead him to commit fouls and allow scores.

In general, Tristan da Silva played well to help get his team a hard-fought win over Boise State.  He made solid plays on both ends of the floor, and he is a skilled, versatile forward that could be a good find for an NBA team, especially if he’s available for them to select in the late first to the second round range of the 2024 draft.

Chibuzo Agbo played very well in his team’s loss to Colorado.  He especially thrived as a scorer, and he made some very impressive shots, especially from the mid-range in this game. He did a good job of scoring off the dribble.  He showed a knack for scoring on strong drives to the hoop, and he showed that he can score using either hand.  He particularly thrived at making dribble, mid-range jumpers, as he was able to make a one-legged runner once, and he also made a step-back, fadeaway jumper another time.  Agbo also thrived at scoring off of hustle plays, as he scored on a put back once, and he also ran to score on a cut to the hoop another time.    Though he struggled to make threes consistently in this game, Agbo was able to make a spot-up three on the break once.

As a playmaker, he looked to be fairly average.  He showed that he can handle the basketball, but he didn’t seem to make any noteworthy passes, and he also committed a couple of turnovers.  On one play, he was called for traveling when handling the ball.

Also, Agbo was able to haul in multiple boards on both ends of the floor to get his fair share of rebounds in this game.  He also played adequate defense.  Agbo was able to poke a ball away out of the post to get a steal.  Another time though, he got beat off the dribble to allow a score.

Overall, Agbo played very well, as he turned in a strong showing in his team’s loss to Boise State.  He is a fairly athletic, skilled forward that is a three-level scorer, and he particularly thrived at making shots off the dribble.  He turned in a very good game at an opportune time, and he could project well into a 3 and D role in the NBA.

KJ Simpson also had a satisfactory showing in his team’s win over Boise State.  He struggled a bit with his outside shot early on, but he consistently made plays down the stretch in crunch time to help get his team the victory.

Simpson did a adequate job of scoring off the dribble.  He was able to score on a crafty, reverse layup, and he also showed a knack for making tough, pull-up mid-range jumpers.  On the downside, he would tend to take tough, contested shots, which would lead to some misses in traffic, and he ended up having a couple of his shots blocked.  

Also, Simpson did a good job of scoring on motion plays.  He particularly thrived at scoring off of cuts, and he also managed to score on a broken play shortly after poking a ball away to get a steal in the backcourt.  He struggled with his three-point shot in this game, but he was able to make an open spot-up three off the catch once.  He also almost made a deep, contested three-pointer, but he didn’t get it off on time as his team was called for a shot clock violation.

He also showed off satisfactory playmaking skills.  Simpson threw solid passes off the dribble, and he also threw a nice touch pass to get the ball to a low post scorer to set up a score for him another time.  He did a good job of passing the basketball in this game.  However, there was one play when he drove to the hoop where he had a ball poked off his leg that went out of bounds, which led him to commit a ball-handling turnover that time.

Simpson also did a tremendous job of rebounding the basketball.  He cleaned up on the glass, as he excelled at hauling in boards, especially on the defensive side of the ball.  He also defended well.  He would poke balls away and get his hands on passes to get steals and deflections, and he also actively contested a shot off of a drive to force a miss.  On one play though, he bit on a pump fake, which led his team to give up a mid-range basket on the baseline once.

In summary, Simpson had a solid showing to help lead Colorado to get the win over Boise State, and he made solid, clutch plays down the stretch.  He didn’t quite shoot as well as expected in this game, but he is a tough, skilled point guard whose above average athletic gifts combined with his all-around skills and intangibles could enable him to be a solid role player in the NBA.

Eddie Lampkin also played very well to help lead Colorado to a win over Boise State.  Lampkin is a strong, physical big man that thrived as a low post scorer, and he also passed the ball well to help his team on offense.  Lampkin did a good job of scoring out of the post.  He is a bruising, mobile center that would often use drop steps and strong moves to score and draw fouls, and he showed good strength, footwork, and scoring touch to do so.  He also managed to score on a tip-in off of an offensive rebound.

He also showcased perhaps above average playmaking skills.  Lampkin did a good job of passing out of the post, as he was able to find cutters and open shooters to notch assists.  On one play though, he tried to fit a pass into tight windows, which ended up out of bounds.  Other times, he would hold the ball too long, which would lead him to getting the ball ripped away from him to commit turnovers.

Also, Lampkin was able to haul in multiple boards on both ends of the floor to get his fair share of rebounds.  He also defended well.  He would contest shots in the paint, as well as a mid-range jumper on the baseline to force misses.  On one play though when he was guarding Martin in the post, he allowed his man to get too deep on the block, which led his team to give up the basket that time.

Overall, Lampkin had a strong showing to help lead his team to a win over Boise State.  He was very effective as a bruising, low post scorer, and he also made some solid passes out of the post.  He will need to add a reliable outside shot to his arsenal, and he will need to show NBA teams that he can effectively guard quicker players out in space, but his ability to score and make plays out of the post could enable him to make his way to the NBA someday.

Boise State’s 6-3 sophomore guard, Roddie Anderson III had a decent showing in his team’s loss to Colorado. He is a fairly athletic, energetic combo guard that thrived as a scorer early on, but he also tended to take tough shots down the stretch that hurt his shooting percentages.  He was able to score on quick, strong drives in the first half, but he struggled to make shots down the stretch.  Anderson was able to make a spot-up three as well as on a pull-up mid-range jumper, but he also tended to take quick, rushed shots down the stretch.

He didn’t make any notable passes in this game, but he is an aggressive playmaker that can handle the basketball.  On one play though, he tried to drive hurriedly to the hoop, but he ended up having the ball poked off of himself that went out of bounds that led him to turn the ball over.

He also did an adequate job of rebounding the basketball, and he was able to get boards on both ends of the floor.  He also defended very well.  Anderson would poke balls away to get steals, and he would apply significant ball pressure to make it difficult for his opponents to handle the basketball.  Overall, Roddie Anderson III didn’t have his best game, but he showed some potential as an aggressive, downhill driving lead guard that can provide some pesky defense.  He’ll need to play more under control and improve his outside shot, but he could be a prospect to watch in the future.

Cam Martin also played well in his team’s tough loss to Colorado.  The 6-9 senior big man showed a solid ability to score out of the post, as he showed good footwork, strength, and scoring touch to consistently score from the block, especially in the first half.  He also would score on strong put backs off of offensive rebounds.

He looked to be about average as a playmaker.  Martin was able to throw an accurate bounce pass to a cutter to notch an assist, but he also committed two turnovers other times.  Martin also rebounded the ball very well, and he was active at crashing the glass on both sides of the ball.  On one play though, he was called for a loose ball foul when going for an offensive rebound.  He also defended well.  He would deflect passes to nearly get steals, and he also rotated to make a big block to prevent an opponent scoring off the dribble once.  Another time though, he didn’t cut off penetration when contesting a shot off of a drive, which led him to commit a foul and allow a score that time.

Overall, Martin is a strong, energetic big man that excelled at scoring out of the post and was able to make hustle plays on both ends of the floor.  He also was able to utilize a spin move to score on a crafty layup out of the post.  He’ll need to extend his shooting range and add a reliable outside shot to his arsenal, as well as show NBA teams that he can guard quicker guards in space, but he is a skilled big man that could end up competing for a roster spot in the NBA in the future.

Cody Williams did not play very well in his team’s win over Boise State in this game. To be fair, he has dealt with various injuries this season, and he was dealing with a facial injury in this game against Boise State.  His impact was severely limited, as he basically made one big shot block, and that was basically the only notable, big positive play he seemed to make in this game.

It was clear that he seemed to play hurt, and it appeared that he tried to play without a face mask in this game.  However, he ended up missing a couple of dribble, mid-range jumpers, as well as a turnaround baseline jumper out of the post.  Williams also missed a spot-up three badly after moving off the ball to get it.  He didn’t have any feel for his jump shot in this game, and he looked pretty lost when operating in a half court offense.  He also didn’t really look to cut to the hoop or sprint down court to get fast break opportunities, and it was baffling that he had no impact on offense whatsoever, even though he’s been heralded as a likely lottery pick for the upcoming draft.  

He wasn’t effective as a playmaker either.  He didn’t seem to make any notable passes.  On one drive, Williams seemingly picked up his dribble and attempted to dribble again, as he was called for a traveling violation that time.

Also, he didn’t grab many rebounds in this game, but Williams was able to leap up to get a defensive board once.  Defense is where Williams made his presence felt, as his length and athleticism allowed him to make some very solid plays on this side of the ball.  In this game, Williams played decent defense.  When defending a drive out on the perimeter, Williams was able to recover to make a big block to swat the shot out of bounds. He also was able to deflect a pass out of bounds.  However, he tended to over-help and roam a lot, and even though his length and athleticism would allow him to cover a lot of ground, his gambling tendencies could hurt him more at the next level.  On one play, he over-helped too far as his team was in a scramble situation after allowing an offensive rebound, which led his team to allow a three-point basket.  He also got outmuscled in the post, which led him to foul that time.

Overall, Williams struggled to make a noticeable impact in this game, and it was clear that this was not his night.  He’s struggled with injuries all year long, and he will have to get stronger and work on improving his ability to make shots and plays in the half court.  It may be too early to tell if he’s overrated, especially since he’s had some big games during the regular season, and his game may be a better fit for the NBA.  However, his scoreless performance in the First Four against Boise State is not a good look, and it’ll be interesting to see if Williams can bounce back and recover to turn in a much better performance in his team’s next game against Florida.

Tyson Degenhart also didn’t play very well, and he and Cody Williams were neck and neck in terms of draft prospects that had the worst game here.  Degenhart’s athletic limitations was apparent in this game, and he really struggled to make shots, especially in the first half.  He was able to make some energetic plays in the second half, but he still struggled to make shots overall.

Degenhart was active in looking to score on hustle plays in the second half.  Late in the game, he was able to score on a put back.  He also managed to score on a strong, left-handed baseline drive to show a deceptive ability to create his own shot.  He also managed to score on a quick layup after dribbling in from the post another time.  However, he tended to miss on contested, rushed shots around the basket, as he especially struggled to score out of the post.  He also missed both of the threes he took from beyond the arc.

He also showcased perhaps above average playmaking skills.  He was able to find an open shooter to notch an assist, and he is a willing passer that will look to find the open man.  On one play from the high post though, he tried to make a rip move, but clumsily lost the ball out of bounds to commit a ball handling turnover.

Though he didn’t get as many boards as expected, he was especially active atrashing the offensive glass to get offensive rebounds.  He also played adequate defense in this game.  Degenhart was able to rotate to block a shot off of a drive out of bounds to make a timely block.  He also drew a charge out of the post, was able to get a steal, and he also contested a fadeaway midrange jumper to force a miss.  However, sometimes he would struggle to defend quicker players off the dribble, which would lead him to commit fouls and allow scores.  Overall, Degenhart didn’t shoot the ball or play very well, but he is an energetic forward whose ability to compete and make plays could enable him to carve out a long playing career in professional basketball.

All in all, those are my thoughts on how da Silva, Simpson, and other various prospects fared in this game. Thanks for reading.

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