Evaluating Ja’Kobe Walter, Aden Holloway, and Yves Missi in the Baylor-Auburn Game

November 30th, 2023

By Alan Lu

I decided to take the time to watch the Baylor-Auburn game that was played on November 7th, as it featured some of the top prospects that could end up in the 2024 draft.  Johni Broome was one of the best players in college basketball last year, so I wanted to see how much he would improve over last season.  In addition, Baylor’s 6-5 freshman guard, Ja’Kobe Walter is projected to go high in the draft, and he ended up having a terrific night, as he scored 28 points to help his team get the win.  In addition, there were strong performances from others, such as Auburn’s freshman point guard Aden Holloway and Baylor’s freshman center, Yves Missi.  Here are my thoughts on how Walter and other various prospects fared in this game.

Ja’Kobe Walter put forth a dominant display to help lead Baylor to a narrow win over Auburn, and he is looking like a future lottery pick for the 2024 draft.
(Photo: Baylor Athletics, via Waco Tribune-Herald)

Ja’Kobe Walter is a very athletic, skilled guard that had a superb showing to lead Baylor to a close win in this game.  He did a terrific job of shooting and scoring the basketball, and he is a gifted shot creator that could get to anywhere he wanted to go against Auburn.  He showed a knack for making threes as he can do so off the catch or dribble.  He also moves well off the ball, as he was able to run quickly off of a ball screen to knock one down another time.  He also did a good job of making mid-range jumpers, and 

Walter also showed a solid ability to score off the dribble.  He has good body control, balance, and finishing ability that can allow him to score in traffic, and he has a very good shooting touch that enables him to make shots from intermediate to long distances.  Sometimes though, he would over-dribble and miss shots in traffic, which would sometimes happen when he wouldn’t get foul calls.

He also showcased above average playmaking skills.  Walter is a gifted ball handler that can get to anywhere he wants to go on the court, and he also would throw accurate interior passes to find the open man.  Plus, he also showed a solid ability to rebound the basketball.  Walter has a good motor, and it allowed him to haul in multiple boards on both ends of the floor.  He also was able to hustle to throw a ball off of an opponent to help his team get an offensive rebound early on.

Plus, he also played satisfactory defense.  He was able to jump on a poked ball to help his team get a steal, and he would rotate to contest shots to help force some misses.  Plus, he also was able to hustle back to successfully draw a charge on the break another time.  But sometimes though, he would occasionally have lapses defensively.  On one play though, he over-helped off his man and was late to rotate to contest a corner three, which led him to give up the basket.  Another time, he was caught ball watching and he got beat on a quick backdoor cut to allow a score.

In summary, Ja’Kobe Walter played really well, and he is a dynamic, three-level scorer that did a great job of making plays, especially on offense to help his team get the win.  He is a very athletic guard that was able to score at will.  He showed the potential to develop into a star in the NBA, and he could end up being a likely lottery pick for the 2024 draft.

Aden Holloway had a strong showing in Auburn’s loss to Baylor, and he looks to be one of the more polished freshmen players in the country.
(Photo: Steven Leonard/Auburn Tigers, Auburn University Athletics, via Auburn Wire – USA Today)

Auburn’s freshman point guard, Aden Holloway also played well in his team’s loss to Baylor.  He is a smooth, shot-making guard that excelled at making threes from deep, as he could make them either off the catch or dribble, and he also ran off of a ball screen to make one from way out in this game.  He also showed a satisfactory ability to score off the dribble, but he he struggled to make mid-range jumpers and sometimes would rush his shots that would lead to misses.

He also displayed solid playmaking skills.  Holloway showed a knack for making passes in transition, as he has very good foot speed, and he would consistently throw long passes to find open teammates in stride to notch assists.  But sometimes, he would throw long, inaccurate passes that would lead to turnovers, and he also over-dribbled and had a ball poked away another time.

He also did an adequate job of rebounding the basketball.  He also played adequate defense in this game.  Holloway was able to block a shot off the dribble, and he would contest shots to force some misses.  However, he would sometimes get beat off the dribble, which would lead him to allow scores.

In general, Holloway had a strong showing in his team’s loss to Baylor.  He is a quick, agile point guard that did a good job of shooting and passing the basketball, and he excelled at running the team at the point.  He is an underrated prospect, and he could end up going in the late first to the second round range for the 2024 draft.

Baylor’s 6-10 freshman center, Yves Missi had a solid showing in his team’s win over Auburn.  He excelled as a finisher and defender on the court in this game, and he was able to make a couple of very impressive plays when he was on the court.  He showed a knack for scoring on hustle plays, as he excelled at doing so on rolls and in transition.  He was able to catch a lob to score on a powerful, alley-oop dunk.  He also drove in transition to score on a powerful jam another time.  While he struggled more to score out of the post, he would draw fouls upon his defenders.

He also played satisfactory defense in this game.  Missi would rotate to block shots off of drives, and he also was able to quickly jump a pass to get a steal.  He was active as a help defender, and he would contest shots both out on the perimeter and in the paint to get stops for his team.  On the downside, he would play too aggressively, which would lead him to commit fouls.  In addition, he would sometimes play too carelessly on offense, which would lead to turnovers, and he also did not grab a rebound in this game.

Overall, Missi is an athletic, high-motor big man that excelled primarily as an interior player in this game.  He will need to add a jump shot to his arsenal and improve his rebounding, but he is a talented prospect that could end up being a potential first round pick in a future NBA draft someday.

Jalen Bridges showed off versatile scoring skills, and he also defended very well in Baylor’s win over Auburn.  He was able to make a pair of open corner threes, was able to score on a strong put back, and he also showed the ability to score on aggressive, left-handed drives to the hoop.  He was a bit streaky with his outside shot, but he generally excelled as a scorer in this game.  While he didn’t seem to be as noticeable as a playmaker, he was able to make a smooth drive and kick pass once, and he also showed that he is an athletic swingman that can handle the basketball.

Plus, he also did a very good job of rebounding the basketball, and he would chase down balls to get tough boards on both ends of the floor.  Bridges also defended very well.  He was able to rotate to block a shot to a teammate, and he also was able to get a couple of steals.  He also excelled at contesting shots both out on the perimeter and in the paint to force misses.  Sometimes though, he would play too aggressively, which would lead him to commit touch fouls.

Overall, Jalen Bridges had a solid showing in this game, and he is an athletic swingman that excelled at making plays on both ends of the floor.  While he didn’t seem to make spectacular plays in this game, he is a solid player that couldoo project into a 3 and D role in the NBA.

Johni Broome had a decent showing in this game.  He is a strong, mobile big man that shot the ball well, especially from deep, but he struggled defensively, especially late in this game, as he had some trouble guarding out on the perimeter, and he also ended up fouling out.

Broome showed a knack for making spot-up threes off of pick-and-pop plays, and he showed a smooth jumper from beyond the arc.  He also excelled at drawing free throws on strong drives to the rim.  When posting up, he was able to use a pivot and pause move to score, and he showed solid footwork that time.  However, he ended up taking some tough shots in traffic, and he would force up questionable, rushed shots that would lead to misses.  

He also showed decent playmaking skills.  He is an unselfish player that will make the extra pass, and he can pass off the dribble to find the open man.  Broome handles the ball well for a player his size.  On one play though, he threw an inaccurate pass that sailed out of bounds.

Also, Broome did a great job of rebounding the basketball.  He was able to haul in numerous boards on both ends of the floor, and he was able to get some tough boards in this game.  Defensively though, he struggled in this game.  For the positives, Broome was able to rotate to block a shot off of a drive to force a miss.  He was able to contest shots in the post and off of drives to force some misses, and he has good strength and hands that allow him to ably defend in the paint.

However, he struggled to defend out on the perimeter.  On one play, he dropped too far back too far off of a shooter despite being switched out there, which lead him to give up a three-point basket.  Other times, he would not move his feet well, and he would allow opponents to score on rolls as well as on one-on-one plays.  Sometimes he would look lost defensively, and he would end up committing silly reach-in fouls as a result.

Overall, Johni Broome is a productive big man whose skill set is tailored to the college basketball game, but he may need to make a few minor tweaks to be able to adjust better to the NBA game in the future.  On one hand, he is a solid interior player that can post up, make energy plays, and block shots, and he’s shown a budding jump shot to add to his arsenal.  On the other hand, he’ll need to improve his focus defensively, and he’ll need to do a better job of guarding shooters and opponents in the screen game.  Currently, he is a second round prospect for the 2024 draft, and he could end up being an effective role player in the NBA.

Auburn’s 6-11 senior, Dylan Cardwell is an athletic center that excelled as a finisher and interior defender in this game.  He would score on hustle plays, and he was able to catch a lob to score on a powerful dunk on the break.  He would swing the ball to get assists, and he was able to set a solid screen to help his teammate get a driving lane to score another time.  

Plus, Cardwell defended well in this game. Defensively, he showed a knack for blocking shots to help his team protect the paint, and he was able to show that he can ably defend opposing ball handlers out on the perimeter and swat shots to prevent them from scoring off the dribble.  

Overall, he didn’t take enough shots on offense, but he was solid defensively, and he was able to make some impressively athletic plays in this game.  He probably should’ve played more, and he is a second round prospect that could project to be a solid backup center at the NBA level.

Auburn’s Denver Jones is an athletic combo guard that excelled as a shooter and scorer in this game.  He shot the ball well from deep, and he especially thrived at running off ball screens to make quick threes off the catch.  He also was able to score on an aggressive drive to the hoop, but he would sometimes try to force the issue too much, which would lead to misses.  He also would sometimes be careless with the ball, which should lead to turnovers.

He also played adequate defense.  Jones was able to intercept an errant pass to get a steal, and he also would contest outside shots to force misses.  However, he struggled to defend opponents off the dribble, which would lead him to allow scores.

Overall, Denver Jones excelled at knocking down shots, particularly from the outside.  He’ll need to improve his playmaking skills and on-ball defense, but his ability to make shots could allow him to make an NBA team’s roster in the future.

Baylor’s 6-4 junior guard, Jayden Nunn played very good defense in his team’s win over Auburn.  He struggled offensively, and he had trouble making shots on offense.  On the other hand, he is an unselfish player that could find teammates in stride to notch assists, and he generally passed the ball well.  He is also an atheltic guard that handles the ball well.

Plus, he also rebounded and defended very well.  Nunn showed a knack for swiping balls away to get steals, and he also would jump on loose balls to help his team get more steals.  He also was able to stay with an opposing ball handler on a drive to block a shot to a teammate.  He also would contest shots out on the perimeter and in the paint to force misses.  Overall, Nunn is an athletic combo guard that excelled defensively.  He will need to improve his shooting and scoring skills, but he could be a prospect to watch sometime down the road.

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

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