Updated on 11/20/21. Written by Alan Lu.
Projected Draft Range: Lottery
Good scorer off the dribble
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Solid rebounder for his size
Decent shot blocker for his size
Needs to improve his shooting
May have shot selection issues
Can be too scoring focused on offense
Can be undisciplined defensively
Not a true point guard, but is undersized to play the two
Jaden Ivey is a very athletic, high-flying combo guard that can score and defend when he is on the floor. He scored 26 points in his team’s first round loss to North Texas in the 2021 NCAA Tournament and he is an aggressive slasher that possesses tantalizing athletic gifts and may possess considerable potential.
On the downside, he struggled to consistently make shots as a freshman this past season. He will need to improve his outside shot and shot selection. He made just 40% from the field and 26% of his threes last year, and he had a fairly mediocre 1.15 Points Per Shot Attempt as freshman. On the plus side, he played very well in the 2021 U19 World Cup, as he made a slew of exciting plays in that tournament, and big things are expected for him for his sophomore season. He also played really well in his team’s win over North Carolina. He is a tremendous athlete that projects to be a likely lottery pick in the 2022 draft.
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