Evaluating R.J. Davis, Hunter Sallis, and Harrison Ingram
January 23rd, 2024
By Alan Lu
Yesterday, I took the time to watch Hunter Sallis and Wake Forest play against North Carolina in an ACC basketball game. Sallis has been playing much more than he had at Gonzaga, and he really has seemed to develop his three-point shot, so I decided to watch him play. In this game, North Carolina’s R.J. Davis ended up having a terrific showing, as he scored 36 points and made 4 three-pointers to lead his team to a double-digit victory over Wake Forest. Here are my thoughts on how Davis, Sallis, and other various prospects fared, as well as how they may currently stack up as prospects for the NBA.
North Carolina’s 6-0 senior guard, R.J. Davis scored 36 points to lead North Carolina to a double-digit win over Wake Forest yesterday. (Photo: Chris Seward/Associated Press, via CBS17)
R.J. Davis had a tremendous showing to help lead North Carolina to a blowout win over Wake Forest. He was terrific in this game, and he is an atheltic combo guard that especially excelled as a shooter and scorer in this game.
Davis showed a knack for making threes to provide floor spacing for his team on offense. He thrived as a spot-up shooter off the catch, and he also was able to quickly run off the ball to make later on. He also was able to use a crossover to pull up and make a three-pointer. In addition, Davis did a good job of knocking down mid-range jumpers. He showed a knack for scoring on mid-range floaters off the dribble. Plus, he also showed a good ability to score off the dribble, and he would also score on quick, strong drives to the hoop.
Also, Davis showed off adequate playmaking skills. He did a good job of handling and taking care of the basketball. He was able to make a pass off the dribble to find a roll man to notch an assist. Though he primarily looked to score, he showed that he can make accurate passes on the move. He also was able to get a handful of defensive rebounds to help his team in this game. On the downside, sometimes his lack of size would make it tough for him to contest shots defensively, but for the most part he was in position and seemed to be okay defensively.
In general, R.J. Davis played extremely well in this game, and his excellent performance helped get his team a blowout win over Wake Forest. Though he is quite undersized to play either backcourt position, Davis is an agile, skilled bucket getter that can generate instant offense on the court, and he could be a great find for an NBA team, especially if he’s available in the second round of the 2024 draft.
Wake Forest’s 6-5 guard, Hunter Sallis scored 18 points in his team’s loss to North Carolina yesterday. (Photo: Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports, via Henry Herald)
Hunter Sallis had a fairly solid showing in his team’s blowout loss to North Carolina. He had a very good first half, but he cooled off in the second half, as he struggled to consistently make shots down the stretch. Sallis is a smooth scorer that showed off a solid ability to score off the dribble. He would tend to score on strong, crafty left-handed drives to the hoop. He would use dribble moves to occasionally get past his man, and he also was able to score on a baseline, turnaround jumper. Plus, he also was able to score on a strong leaner out of the post. He also did a decent job of knocking down mid-range jumpers, and Sallis showed that he can ably go to his left to pull up to make them. However, it did seem like he took too many mid-range shots and missed his fair share of them, and he also was unable to make any of his threes in this game.
He also showcased adequate playmaking skills. Sallis is an unselfish player that will make the extra pass to find the open man. On one play though, he attempted to drive the baseline when guarded by the opposing team, but was called for a traveling violation.
Though he didn’t grab many rebounds, Sallis was able to get a few defensive boards in this game. Defensively, he looked to be fairly average. Sallis was able to intercept passes to get steals. He also contested a three-point shot to force a miss. However, sometimes he would give up a bit too much space to shooters, which would lead him to allow three-point baskets. He doesn’t have great length, and he would sometimes struggle to force misses when defending outside shots. He also had some trouble fighting through screens, as he would be late to get back to defend his man.
In summary, Hunter Sallis played fairly well in his team’s loss to North Carolina. He is a skilled swingman that can put the ball in the hoop, but he will need to be more comfortable in taking threes, and he will need to improve his defense. Still, his size, athleticism, and scoring skills could enable him to be a solid pick for an NBA team in the second round range of the 2024 draft.
Harrison Ingram played well to help lead his team to a double-digit win over Wake Forest. He is a smart, skilled forward that excelled at making plays on both ends of the floor to help his team get the victory.
Ingram showed a solid ability to score off the dribble as well as out of the post. He would utilize spin moves to score out of the post, and he showed good strength and shooting touch to make shots. He also was able to use an overhead ball fake to score on a strong leaner off of a drive to the basket. Plus, he showed a knack for drawing fouls to get to the free throw line. Though he missed all of his threes, Ingram was able to draw free throws on a three-point shot, which shows that he is a respected shooter at the collegiate level. On one play, Ingram was able to run off the ball to get it once, which enabled him to draw three free throws that time. He didn’t look to shoot the ball often, but Ingram was very effective in making shots and scoring the basketball.
Also, Ingram showed off decent playmaking skills in this game. He was able to throw accurate passes to get the ball to his teammates. He was able to throw a very long, outlet pass to set up a score for a teammate on the break due to possessing solid court vision. On one play though, he got tied up when getting the ball on a cut, which led to a turnover.
Also, Ingram did a terrific job of rebounding the basketball, and he has good strength, ball skills, and motor to be able to do so. He also played decent defense in this game. He would contest shots to help force some misses, and he also deflected a pass to nearly get a steal once. He would occasionally commit touch fouls when defending in the post, but those calls looked to be ticky-tack more than anything.
Overall, Ingram had a solid showing in his team’s win over Wake Forest. He is a smart, skilled versatile player that can play multiple positions. While he doesn’t possess explosive athleticism nor is an elite shot creator, he’s improved his shooting and scoring skills, which have greatly complemented his playmaking abilities. He projects to be a solid role player at the NBA level, and he would be a good find for an NBA team in the second round range of the 2024 draft.
Elliot Cadeau also played well to help lead North Carolina to a win over Wake Forest. He is an athletic, energetic point guard that thrived at making plays on both ends of the floor to help his team get the victory.
Cadeau did a satisfactory job of scoring off the dribble. He would score on strong, aggressive drives to the hoop, and he has a quick first step to the hoop. He also excelled at scoring on strong drives in transition. On the downside, some teams he would take tough, contested shots, and he would sometimes miss due to rushing. He didn’t really look to take many outside shots, but Cadeau was able to score on a running, mid-range floater when looking to score off the dribble once.
He also passed and handled the ball well. Cadeau would make swift passes off the dribble and he also would find open teammates in stride, which would enable him to set up numerous scoring chances for his them. On one play though, he threw an inaccurate led pass that ended up getting dropped and intercepted.
Also, Cadeau was able to get his fair share of rebounds, and he was able to push the pace quickly off of a defensive board once. He also played satisfactory defense in this game. Cadeau is an athletic, energetic defender that was able to make a handful of plays defensively. He was able to intercept a pass to get a steal, and he would ably contest mid-range jumpers to force misses. On one play though, he was called for fouling a three-point shooter, which put his opponent on the free throw line.
Overall, Elliot Cadeau played well to help lead his team to a double-digit win over Wake Forest. He made a big impact on both ends of the floor, and he thrived as a scorer and playmaker when he was on the floor. He will need to continue to work on his jump shot, but he is a talented playmaker that could end up being a solid role player at the NBA level.
Wake Forest’s 6-10 senior big man, Andrew Carr had a decent showing in his team’s loss to North Carolina. He is a mobile, skilled player that can knock down a variety of shots, and he had one of the better performances amongst players on Wake Forest’s team in this game.
Carr showed a solid ability to score out of the post. He was able to use a shoulder fake to score on a jump hook. He also utilized a drop step to score another time. He showed good scoring touch to score from the block, though he would occasionally take tough shots that would lead to misses. Carr also showed a knack for drawing fouls when looking to score, which enabled him to get to the free throw line. Though he wasn’t able to make a three-pointer in this game, Carr was able to draw three free throws on a three-point shot once.
He didn’t grab many rebounds in this game, but Carr was able to haul in boards on both ends of the floor. He also played adequate defense in this game. Carr was able to rotate to block shots due to possessing solid length, athleticism, and timing. However, sometimes he would be too aggressive in trying to close out, which would lead him to be foul prone. On one play, he rotated too late, and he ended up fouling an opponent on a three-point shot.
Overall, Andrew Carr played fairly well in his team’s loss to North Carolina. He is a strong, mobile big man that can score the basketball. He will need to improve his rebounding and be a more disciplined defender in games, but he could project to be a rotational big man at the NBA level.
Cormac Ryan played very well to help lead his team to a win over Wake Forest. He excelled at making plays on both ends of the floor, and he had a strong all-around showing to help his team get the victory.
Ryan excelled at making outside shots, as he would score on dribble, mid-range jumpers due to possessing good balance, footwork, and shooting touch, and Ryan also was able to make a quick three. He can make catch and shoot jumpers, and he also was comfortable at pulling p to make mid-range jumpers. He also would draw free throws on strong drives to the hoop. Though he did seem to take too many mid-range jumpers, it was encouraging to see that Ryan was shooting well in this game.
Also, Ryan is an unselfish player that would make the extra pass to find the open man. He also was able to get his fair share of boards on both ends of the floor. Ryan also defended well. He would hustle to block shots off the dribble to help his team get stops, and he is a surprisingly athletic guard that can make plays defensively. In this game, he did a very good job of contesting shots to force misses.
Overall, Cormac Ryan played very well, and he was able to make some very good plays to help his team get the win. Though he’s having something of a down season due to a decline in his shooting percentages, Ryan still showed that he is very capable of knocking down outside shots, and he could project into a 3 and D role in the NBA.
Armando Bacot had a decent showing in his team’s win over Wake Forest. He wasn’t as big of a factor on offense, but he was solid defensively, and his defensive impact helped solidify a win for his team in this game.
Bacot excelled at scoring on hustle plays. He would score off of offensive rebounds, and he also was able to post up after getting the ball on a short roll to draw free throws on a turnaround jumper. On the downside, Bacot struggled to make shots out of the post, and he also missed on an open, mid-range jumper another time.
He also looked to showcase fairly average playmaking skills. Bacot would set good screens to help his teammates get open dribbling lanes to get their shots off to set up scores for them. On the downside, there was one play where he was called for a basket interference, as he looked to go for a tip slam while the ball was still in the cylinder. In addition, he was fairly turnover prone in this game.
On one hand, Bacot didn’t grab enough rebounds for a player his size, but he was able to get a handful of boards on both ends of the floor. He was especially active at crashing the offensive glass, and he is an energetic player that would score on put backs and tip-ins to provide his team with second chance points.
He also played solid defense in this game. Bacot would often block and contest shots to help his team protect the paint, and he also was able to get his hands on a pass to get a steal. On the downside, sometimes he would take bad gambles when defending in the paint, which would lead him out of position defensively, which would lead him to commit fouls and allow scores.
Overall, Armando Bacot didn’t have his best game, but he still was able to make some solid plays in this game, especially on the defensive end. He will need to extend his shooting range and show that he can ably guard shooters and defend pick and rolls at higher levels, but his size, motor, and ability to make plays in the paint could enable him to be a rotational big man in the NBA.
North Carolina’s 6-9 senior forward, Jae’Lyn Withers had a fairly solid showing to help his team get a win over Wake Forest. He showed a knack for drawing free throws when driving to the hoop as well as when he would run the floor to get the ball on fast breaks. He also was able to run the floor and pass the ball back to a teammate to get an assist. In addition, Withers rebounded the ball very well. Withers is an athletic, energetic big man and while he will need to improve his jump shot, he is a high-motor player that could end up making his way to the NBA sometime down the road.
All in all, those are my thoughts on how R.J. Davis, Hunter Sallis, Harrison Ingram, and other various prospects fared in this game. Thanks for reading.