Assessing PJ Hall, Harrison Ingram, and Joseph Girard III
February 7th, 2024
By Alan Lu
Yesterday, I took the time to watch Clemson’s PJ Hall play against North Carolina in a very competitive ACC basketball game. Hall is a skilled, stretch big that can shoot and score the basketball, and he is a second round draft prospect that has moved up draft boards, albeit in a very weak draft. North Carolina also has seen strong performances from junior forward, Harrison Ingram this year, so it was an opportunity to watch both players play live. Hall had a sterling first half performance, and his teammates helped him out in the second half as Clemson was able to get a road win over North Carolina. Here are my thoughts on how Hall, Ingram, and other various prospects fared, as well as how they may currently stack up as prospects for the NBA.
Clemson’s 6-10 center, PJ Hall scored 25 points, made 4 threes, had 9 rebounds, and dished out 3 assists to lead his team to a road win over North Carolina. (Photo: Chris Seward/Associated Press, via The Daily Item)
Clemson’s 6-10 senior big man, PJ Hall had a solid showing to help lead his team to a win over North Carolina. He had a strong first half, and he is a mobile big man that can space the floor to help his team on offense.
Hall showed a solid ability to knock down outside shots, especially from beyond the arc. He excelled at making open, spot-up threes off the catch, and he also would take advantage of making them on pick-and-pop plays, as he would have ample time and space to do so. On the downside, he also missed his fair share down the stretch, but Hall still excelled at making threes to provide floor spacing for his team on offense.
He also showed a solid ability to score in the post. He has a solid blend of strength, body control, and finishing ability to be able to score from the block. He was able to use a shoulder shake to score on a strong move inside while getting fouled once. He also managed to use a nice spin move to score on a thunderous dunk another time. Plus, he would score on strong put backs, as he showed that he can score in traffic. Every once in a while, he would sometimes miss on contested shots when looking to finish plays around the basket, but Hall did a good job of making shots from all over the floor overall.
He also showed off satisfactory playmaking skills in this game. Hall is an unselfish player that would look to make the extra pass, and he would throw crisp, accurate passes to get his teammates the basketball. Plus, he also did a good job of rebounding the basketball. Hall was able to haul in plenty of boards on both ends of the floor. Defensively, he looked to be about average at best. For the positives, Hall was active defensively. However, he struggled to defend in the paint. He had trouble defending in the post, and he would commit fouls and allow scores. Sometimes he would get outmuscled, and other times he would get beat on moves to the hoop. Another time, he over-helped out on the perimeter, but his team allowed a score on a roll to the rim.
In general, PJ Hall played well in his team’s win over North Carolina. He especially thrived as a shooter and scorer when he was on the floor, and he also did a good job of passing and rebounding the ball in this game. He will need to improve his defense, but he is a mobile, skilled big man that could be a solid pick for an NBA team in the second round of the 2024 draft.
Harrison Ingram also had a solid showing in his team’s loss to Clemson. Ingram shot the ball very well and he showed off some playmaking and rebounding skills to help his team when he was on the floor.
Ingram did a good job of knocking down threes to space the floor for his team. Ingram excelled at making open, spot-up threes off the catch, and he did a good job of making shots as a spot-up shooter on offense. Also, Ingram did an adequate job of scoring off the dribble. On one play, he was able to drive patiently to the hoop and use a spin move to score on a jump hook. However, he missed on a tough acrobatic shot in traffic another time.
He also showed off satisfactory playmaking skills. Ingram did a good job of making passes to get the ball to his teammates, and he was able to find a quick cutter from the high post to notch an assist. Plus, he also rebounded the ball well. He also played adequate defense in this game. When defending in the post, Ingram would poke balls away to get steals and deflections. He also would contest shots both out on the perimeter and in the paint to force misses. However, his lack of size would make it difficult for him to contest shots at times, which would lead opponents to shoot over him to score. Other times, he would get caught ball watching and lose track of his man on movement plays, which would lead him to commit fouls and allow scores.
In summary, Harrison Ingram played well in his team’s loss to Clemson. He showed off a solid set of all-around skills, even if he didn’t really do anything spectacularly. He’s shown an improved outside shot, and he is a smart, skilled forward that could be a solid pick in the second round range of the 2024 draft, and he has the skills to be a solid role player in the NBA.
Joseph Girard III also played well in his team’s win over North Carolina. He is agile, skilled playmaker that excelled at making plays on offense to help his team in this game. Girard shot the ball very well from the outside. He showed a knack for making threes, as he would do so off the catch and dribble. He also showed off a fairly decent mid-range game, and he also was able to use a pump fake to dribble in to make a mid-range jumper once. Sometimes though, he would take tough, contested shots that would lead to misses, but Girard is an agile, skilled point guard that shot the ball well in this game.
He also showed off decent playmaking skills. Girard would make drive and kick passes to set up scores for his teammates. On the downside, he would sometimes over-dribble, which led him to get the ball stolen away from him once. In this game, Girard did a very good job of rebounding the basketball. Defensively, he had some trouble guarding opposing ball handlers off the dribble, which would lead him to commit some touch fouls.
Overall, Girard had a good showing in his team’s win over North Carolina. He is an agile, skilled point guard that can shoot the basketball, and he also moves well off the ball on offense, which can enable him to score on open jump shots. He will need to improve defensively, but he is a skilled playmaker that may have what it takes to make it to the NBA someday.
Armando Bacot had a fairly solid showing in his team’s loss to Clemson. He excelled as an inside scorer and rebounder in this game, but he and his team struggled defensively in this game. Bacot showed a solid ability to score from the post as well as on hustle plays. He would use strong, crafty moves to score inside, and he would score on high-motor plays. However, he would sometimes rush up shots quickly off offensive rebounds and other times when he would look to score in the paint, which would lead to misses.
As a playmaker, he looked to be about average. Bacot showed that he can ably pass out of the post. However, sometimes he would make careless mistakes that would lead to turnovers. When posting up once, he lowered his shoulder into an opponent that led him to commit a charging foul and a turnover that time. He also dropped a low pass when rolling to the hoop that led to another turnover.
Also, Bacot did a tremendous job of rebounding the basketball. Defensively, he looked to be about average at best. For the positives, he was able to contest some shots when in position to force some misses, and there was one play where he didn’t bite on a pump fake prior to successfully challenging a mid-range jumper. However, he tended to sag too far off of shooters, especially in screen situations, and his team would allow open three-point baskets to their opponents. Sometimes he would not show enough resistance when defending in the post, and there was one play where he fouled his man and allowed a score that time.
Overall, Armando Bacot excelled at scoring and rebounding the basketball, and he also was able to score on a tough, acrobatic layup off of a roll to the rim. He will need to be more comfortable in taking outside shots, but he will need to improve defensively. He has been good at the collegiate level, but he will need to expand upon his skill set in order to improve his odds to successfully make the transition to play in the NBA in the future.
Ian Schieffelin also had a solid showing in his team’s win over North Carolina. He is a strong, mobile big man that showed a solid ability to score on strong moves out of the post as well as on hustle plays, and he also was able to set a solid screen to help his teammate get an open jump shot another time. He didn’t really look to take outside shots, and he had a ball stolen away from him when posting up once, but Schieffelin played very well on offense.
Also, Schieffelin did a great job of rebounding the basketball. Defensively, he looked to be fairly average. He would look to contest shots on the defensive end. On one play though, he was late to rotate to defend in transition, and it led him to commit a foul and allow a score that time. Overall, Schieffelin played very well in this game. Though he is an undersized big man, he is a fairly athletic, high-motor player that could compete for a roster spot in the NBA sometime down the road.
RJ Davis had his ups and downs in his team’s loss to Clemson. Davis is an agile, skilled combo guard that can score the basketball, but he also took a lot of questionable shots and tended to be a ball stopper, which would halt the flow of his team’s offense.
Davis showed a solid ability to knock down jumpers, especially from beyond the arc. He showed a knack for making threes both off the catch and dribble, and he showed good footwork and shooting touch to do so. He also was able to cut to get the ball in the post, as he then used a drop step to score that time. While he was able to score on a crafty floater off the dribble once, Davis often struggled to score on floaters, and he would tend to take tough, contested shots that would lead to misses.
He also displayed decent playmaking skills in this game. Davis showed that he can make an assortment of passes off the dribble, and when he would look for his teammates, he showed that he can set up scores for them. He also was able to get his fair share of boards to help his team on the glass. Also, Davis was able to block a shot to help his team defensively once.
Overall, RJ Davis didn’t have his best game, and while he excelled at making threes, he really struggled to make two-pointers, and his shot selection wasn’t very good in this game. He will need to improve his shot selection and ability to get his teammates involved on a consistent basis, but his shot making ability could enable him to make it to the NBA someday.
Elliot Cadeau had his ups and downs in his team’s loss to Clemson. He showed an adequate ability to score off the dribble, and Cadeau has good foot speed combined with the balance and body control to be able to score around the basket. However, he would sometimes get his shot blocked, and he also missed a floater once due to not having enough touch on his shot that time.
He also was a bit turnover prone in this game. For the positives, he was able to quickly swing a ball to a corner shooter to notch an assist once. However, sometimes he would make careless mistakes on offense, as he threw a bad pass due to miscommunication once, and he also was called for a push off when handling the ball that led to an offensive foul and a turnover that time.
Also, Cadeau did a good job of rebounding the basketball when he was on the floor. He also defended well, as he would contest shots both out on the perimeter and in the paint to force misses, and he would apply ball pressure to make things difficult for his opponents.
Overall, Cadeau didn’t have a great game, but he was able to make some solid hustle plays to help his team on both ends of the floor. He will need to improve his jump shot, which could help him considerably in the future, but his athleticism combined with his ability to run the point and make hustle plays could enable him to be a serviceable role player at the NBA level.
Clemson’s 6-10 sophomore forward, Chauncey Wiggins played fairly well in his team’s win over North Carolina. He is an athletic, skilled player that showed off versatile scoring skills. He was able to score on a strong, patient drive to the hoop. He also made an open, spot-up three off the catch to show his range. He did throw an inaccurate entry pass that sailed out of bounds once. Overall though, Wiggins is a smooth, athletic scorer that showed the potential to develop into a reliable role player at the NBA level in the future.
All in all, those are my thoughts on how PJ Hall, Harrison Ingram, and other various prospects fared in this game. Thanks for reading.