Assessing Trevin Knell, Emanuel Miller, and Jaxson Robinson

March 3rd, 2024

By Alan Lu

Yesterday, I took the time to watch BYU’s senior swingman, Jaxson Robinson square off against TCU in a tough, competitive Big 12 basketball game.  TCU got off to a fast start in the first half due to the strong play of Emanuel Miller and Micah Peavy early on, but BYU was able to rally back in the second half due to their superb shooting, solid defense, and team play that helped BYU get a comeback win over TCU.  In this game, the top performers were Trevin Knell and Fousseyni Traore from BYU, and Emanuel Miller and Jameer Nelson Jr. also played well in this game.  Here are my thoughts on how various prospects fared on this day.

Trevin Knell scored 20 points, as he made 4 threes to help BYU get a 87-75 win over TCU. (Photo: Megan Nielsen/Deseret News)

BYU’s 6-5 junior guard, Trevin Knell had a strong showing to help lead his team to a comeback win over TCU.  He is an agile, skilled sharpshooter that primarily thrived as a floor spacer and scorer on offense.  Knell did a terrific job of knocking down threes to provide floor spacing in this game.  He showed a knack for making quick, spot-up threes, and he also showed an affinity for running off ball screens to quickly make threes off the catch.  He also managed to score on an aggressive drive to the hoop, as well as off of a curl cut, and Knell showed that he can ably score off the dribble.

He also is a willing passer that will make the extra pass to find the open man.  He was able to make a drive and dish pass to notch an assist in this game.  He also was active defensively, but committed a reach-in foul once.  Overall, Trevin Knell played very well, and he is a sharpshooter that thrived at making at making quick, open spot-up threes off the catch, and he also moves well off the ball on offense.  He is an underrated prospect, and his ability to shoot the basketball and move off the ball could enable him to be a reliable role player in the NBA.

Emanuel Miller scored 15 points, and he had 9 rebounds and 2 assists in his team’s double-digit loss to TCU yesterday. (Photo: BYU Photo, via Daily Herald)

Emanuel Miller had a solid showing in his team’s loss to BYU.  He is an athletic, energetic forward that was able to make some solid plays on both ends of the floor, and he especially played well in the first half. Miller generally excelled at scoring on hustle plays.  He ran the floor and managed to score on a thunderous dunk on the break.  He also was able to score on a put back after grabbing an offensive board.  He also would draw fouls when he would look to score on aggressive drives in transition or out of the post.  Plus, he also was able to score on an aggressive, right-handed drive to the hoop once.  

He also made an open spot-up three another time, and he showed a fairly solid shooting touch from the outside.  However, Miller struggled to score off the dribble consistently, and he would sometimes tend to take tough, off-balanced shots that would lead to misses.  He also didn’t take nearly enough threes, and he displayed spotty shot selection, as he tended to take plenty of contested, rushed shots in this game.

He also displayed adequate playmaking skills in this game.  For the positives, he is an unselfish player that will make the extra pass, and he would find shooters to notch a pair of assists.  However, he threw an inaccurate skip pass that was thrown a bit too high, which led his teammate to land out of bounds after catching it once.  

Also, Miller did a very good job of rebounding the basketball.  He was able to haul in plenty of boards on both ends of the floor.  He was active defensively, but sometimes he would be caught ball watching, which would lead him to lose track of his man on cuts to allow scores.  Overall, Miller is a very athletic forward that projects well into a 3 and D role at the NBA level.  He’ll need to be more aggressive in taking outside shots and will need to be a more disciplined defender in games, but he is a second round prospect that could end up being a backup swingman in the association.

Jaxson Robinson had his ups and downs in his team’s win over TCU.  He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, but he played much better defense than anticipated, and he is an athletic swingman that projects well into a 3 and D role at the NBA level. Robinson showed a decent ability to score off the dribble.  He was able to patiently split a double team and use a hesitation move to score on a crafty layup once.  He generally would score on smooth, aggressive drives to the hoop.  On the downside, he missed on a long two off the dribble.  Robinson didn’t look to break his man down off the dribble to score often, but he showed improved handles and ability to maneuver past defenders to score around the basket.

He also was able to make an open corner three on the break, as he was able to make the shot in rhythm.  However, Robinson struggled to consistently make spot-up threes in this game, and he wasn’t able to make as many corner threes as he should have, despite taking plenty of them from beyond the arc.  In addition, Robinson was able to run the floor to get the ball on the break in order to draw free throws due to making a good hustle play that time.

He also displayed adequate playmaking skills in this game.  Robinson is a willing passer that would throw entry passes to get the ball to his teammates, and he was able to set up a score for a teammate on the block.  One one play though, he threw a lazy pass that got intercepted.

Though he didn’t grab many rebounds, Robinson was able to get a defensive board in this game.  He also defended well.  He did a great job of blocking shots, and he can ably stay in front of his man to swat shots due to possessing good athleticism, length, and instincts.  He also would contest shots to consistently force misses.

Overall, Jaxson Robinson didn’t have his best game, as he didn’t shoot the ball nearly as well as anticipated, as he especially struggled to make shots from the outside.  That said, he showed a decent ability to create his own shot off the dribble, and he is an athletic swingman that defended much better than anticipated, as he showed that he can be a rangy defender that can cover plenty of ground to get stops for his team.  He’ll need to be a more consistent shooter in games, but Robinson is an athletic swingman that projects well into a 3 and D role in the NBA, and he could end up being a solid second round pick in the 2024 draft.

Fousseyni Traore also played very well to help lift his team to a comeback win over TCU.  He is a strong, mobile undersized big man that thrived as a low post scorer, and he did a great job of finishing plays around the basket to score the basketball. Traore did a good job of scoring out of the post.  He would often get deep position, and he has a good blend of strength, footwork, and scoring touch that enabled him to consistently score from the block.  He even managed to score on a up and under move, and he is a crafty finisher around the basket.  

He also showed that he can consistently score on strong drives to the hoop.  He also ran the floor and caught a lob pass to score on an alley-oop dunk to showcase his athleticism.  Every once in a while, he would miss around the hoop as he wouldn’t always find his shooting touch, but generally Traore excelled at scoring the basketball in this game. He also displayed fairly average playmaking skills.  Traore is a willing passer that can pass out of the post.  He didn’t turn the ball over often, but there was one play where he dribbled off of a short roll, but he ended up getting the ball ripped away from him to commit a turnover once.

He also did a good job of rebounding the basketball.  He also defended well.  Traore was able to intercept an errant pass to get a steal, and he also blocked a shot off of a drive due to possessing solid athleticism, timing, and instincts.  Overall, Traore had a strong showing in this game.  On one hand, he is only a 6-6 power forward, so his lack of size may make it difficult for him to transition easily to the next level.  He will need to extend his shooting range and add a reliable jump shot, but if so, he could end up carving out a role as a backup combo forward at the NBA level.

BYU’s 6-4 sophomore guard, Dallin Hall also played very well to help lead his team to a comeback win over TCU.  He is a skilled crafty guard that really excelled as a scorer, facilitator, and rebounder, as he turned in a strong all-around performance to get his team the victory.

Hall showed a knack for making smooth, open spot-up threes off the catch.  He also was able to score on a strong drive to the hoop, as well as on a quick, backdoor cut another time.  He also passed the ball very well, and he was able to make an assortment of passes to notch assists due to possessing solid court vision.

He also rebounded the ball very well.  Plus, he played solid defense.  Hall was able to contest shots both out on the perimeter and in the paint to force misses, and he also managed to get a steal.  On one play, he bit on a pump fake and fouled an opponent on a mid-range shot which led him to commit a foul and allow a score that time.

Overall, Hall played very well, and he is a smart, skilled combo guard that thrived at making plays throughout this game.  While he may only have average athletic gifts, his skill set and versatility combined with having a high basketball IQ could enable him to make it to the NBA someday.

Micah Peavy had his ups and downs in his team’s loss to BYU.  He is a very athletic, energetic forward that made some very impressive plays, especially in the first half.  He didn’t shoot the ball very well overall, but he made a fairly solid case to be selected in this year’s draft.

Peavy showed off versatile scoring skills on offense.  He was able to utilize a crossover move to make a pull-up three, and Peavy has shown improved outside shooting skills, especially since he wasn’t really a shooter when he played at Texas Tech.  He also excelled at scoring on hustle plays.  Peavy was able to score on a tough put back in traffic.  He also quickly jumped a pass to get a steal and drove furiously up the floor to score on a magnetic dunk on the break.  On the downside, he struggled to score consistently on half-court drives, as he would tend to take contested, rushed shots both off the dribble and in transition that would lead to misses, and he didn’t show great shot selection in this game.

He also was fairly turnover prone on offense.  For the positives, Peavy is a willing passer, and he can make the extra pass to find the open man.  He was able to make a drive and dish pass to find a teammate around the basket.  However, he can sometimes tend to over-dribble, which can lead him to commit ball-handling turnovers.

Though he didn’t get many boards in this game, Peavy was able to get a rebound on each end of  the floor.  He also played adequate defense.  Peavy was able to poke a ball away to get a steal, and he also quickly jumped a pass to get another.  However, he got caught ball watching and then got beat off the dribble to allow a score once.  He later fouled an opponent on a mid-range shot from the baseline to commit a foul that time due to possessing too aggressive on the close out.

Overall, Micah Peavy didn’t have his best game, but he’s shown strong athletic gifts, and an improved outside shot lately.  He will still need to improve his jump shot, but he is a very athletic, energetic swingman that could project well into a 3 and D role at the NBA level, and he could end up being a second round pick in the 2024 draft.

Richie Saunders also played very well to help lead his team to a win over TCU.  He is a skilled, high-motor swingman that thrived at making plays on both ends of the floor to help his team get the victory. Saunders showed a knack for scoring on strong drives in traffic, and he also was able to make an open corner three on the break.  Plus, he also managed to score on a jump hook off of an offensive rebound.

Plus, he also passed and handled the ball well.  Saunders did a good job of making pinpoint passes to set up scores for his teammates, and he showed good court vision in doing so. He also did a very good job of rebounding the basketball, and Saunders was able to haul in plenty of boards to get rebounds on both ends of the floor.  He also would also get the tough boards, as he would leap up to get rebounds and dive on the floor to get other boards as well.  He also defended fairly well.  Saunders was able to contest a corner three to force a miss, but he also would sometimes be foul prone, as he would be too aggressive when contesting shots at times.

Overall, Richie Saunders played very well, and he is a smart, energetic swingman that could project into a 3 and D role at the NBA level.  He may only be an average athlete, but his skill set and versatility could enable him to make his way to the NBA someday.

TCU’s junior forward, JaKobe Coles played well, especially in the second half in his team’s loss to BYU.  He showed off versatile scoring skills, and he is a skilled, energetic player that generally excelled at making hustle plays.  Coles was able to make an open spot-up three after running off a ball screen to showcase his shooting prowess.  He also generally excelled at scoring on crafty drives to the hoop, and he also was able to throw down a strong dunk once.

He also did a decent job of rebounding the basketball, and Coles also played adequate defense.  Coles was able to jump a pass to get a steal and block a shot off of a drive.  However, he tended to commit reach-in fouls when defending in the post.  Another time, he was late to get back to a roll man, which led his team to give up the basket that time.

Overall, Coles had a solid showing in his team’s loss to BYU.  He is a versatile, skilled combo forward that played well, especially as a scorer on offense.  He is an above average athlete that showed that he can score in a variety of ways.  He’ll need to be a more disciplined defender in games and he’ll still need to hone his overall game, but his ability to make shots could enable him to make his way to the NBA someday.

TCU’s senior point guard, Jameer Nelson Jr. had a solid showing in his team’s loss to BYU.  He is a skilled, mobile combo guard that thrived as a shot maker on offense.  He especially excelled at attacking the basket to score consistently off the dribble.  He has a fairly solid first step, and he showed that he can use some moves to score.  He is a crafty finisher that showed he can score in traffic.  He also was able to score on a spinning floater from the mid-range another time.  On the downside, he didn’t take any threes, and he will need to show that he can consistently knock down jumpers from the outside at higher levels.

Plus, he also passed and handled the ball well.  Nelson was able to make some solid passes off the dribble, and he would get the ball to shooters to notch assists.  He was also able to chip in to get his fair share of boards.  On the downside, he didn’t seem to defend very well in this game.  On one good play, Nelson was able to get a steal in this game.  He fouled an opponent off of a cut after rotating to defend him around the basket, which led his team to also allow the score.  He also got beat off the dribble that led to a pass that led to a corner three basket.  In general, he was fairly foul prone on the defensive end, and he would sometimes take bad gambles that ended up hurting his team defensively.

Overall, Nelson played well as he especially thrived as a scorer and facilitator on offense.  While he may not have ideal size or athletic gifts, he is a crafty offensive player that can score and distribute the basketball, and that could enable him to make it as a backup point guard in the NBA someday.

TCU’s 6-3 senior guard, Trevian Tennyson also played well in his team’s loss to BYU.  Tennyson shot the ball especially well in the first half.  He showed a knack for making quick, spot-up threes, and he also was able to run off the ball to make one quickly from way out.  He also managed to utilize a pump fake to score on a mid-range leaner while getting fouled once.  On the downside, he struggled to consistently score off the dribble, and he tended to miss on tough, rushed shots in traffic when he would look to take it to the rim.

He also displayed adequate playmaking skills.  Tennyson is an agile, skilled combo guard that can get the ball to his teammates, and he was able to make a speedy drive and dish pass to set up a score for a teammate on the break.  On one play though, he dribbled for too long that led to a shot clock violation.  Another time, he tried to be too fancy with his pass as he tried a no-look pass, but he ended up getting intercepted by a defender.  Also, he was able to chip in on the glass to get his fair share of boards on both ends of the floor.

Overall, Trevian Tennyson had a solid showing, as he especially shot the ball well in the first half.  He will need to show NBA teams that he can reliably run the point at higher levels and show that he can defend upper-echelon opponents on a consistent basis, but his jump shot and above average athletic gifts could enable him to compete for a roster spot in the NBA someday.

Other Notes:
TCU’s Chuck O’Bannon Jr. played fairly well, especially in the first half.  He showed off versatile scoring skills, as he showed that he can ably score on strong drives to the hoop, and he also made a corner three.  He is a willing passer that was able to make some timely passes.  However, he didn’t grab a rebound, and he would tend to commit reach-in fouls defensively due to over-aggressiveness.  Overall, he is a fairly athletic, energetic swingman that can score the basketball, and he could end up competing for a roster spot in the NBA someday.

Aly Khalifa didn’t have his best game, but 6-11 starting center from Egypt continued to thrive as a facilitator on offense.  He excelled at finding cutters and passing off the dribble to set up scores for his teammates, and he would rack up assists on offense.  He also showed some defensive skills, as he was able to block a shot off of a drive another time.  He missed all of his threes however, and Khalifa was held scoreless, and he also didn’t grab nearly as many rebounds as he should have.  Overall, Khalifa is a cerebral playmaker that can pass the basketball, but he will need to be a more consistent shooter and scorer, and his average athletic gifts may limit his upside considerably for the next level.  Still, he is a high IQ basketball player that passes the ball well, as that could enable him to compete for a roster spot in the NBA in the future.

Spencer Johnson had a decent showing in his team’s win over TCU.  He excelled at scoring on quick drives and on hustle plays, but he missed all of his threes from beyond the arc.  He also generally passed the ball well, but he also lost the handle one time to commit a turnover, and he threw an inaccurate pass that led to another turnover.  He also was able to get his fair share of rebounds, and he also seemed to play adequate defense in this game.  Overall, Johnson may only be an average athlete, but his skill set and basketball IQ could enable him to compete for a roster spot in the NBA in the future.

All in all, those are my thoughts on how Trevin Knell, Emanuel Miller, Jaxson Robinson, and other various prospects fared in this game.  Thanks for reading.

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