Observing Dillon Mitchell, Arthur Kaluma, and Dylan Disu

February 20th, 2024

By Alan Lu

Yesterday, I took the time to watch Dillon Mitchell and Texas face off against Arthur Kaluma and Kansas State in a tough, competitive Big 12 basketball game.  It was a defensive battle in which neither team particularly shot the ball well, but Mitchell and Texas’ frontcourt played well to help get Texas the win in this game.  

Texas’ 6-8 sophomore forward, Dillon Mitchell scored 8 points, and had 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals in his team’s 62-56 win over Kansas State. (Photo: Scott Wachter/USA Today Sports, via Clayton News Daily)

Dillon Mitchell had a solid showing in his team’s win over Kansas State.  He is a very athletic, high-motor combo forward that thrived at making hustle plays to help his team on both ends of the floor. He excelled at scoring on hustle plays.  Mitchell showed a knack for scoring on quick cuts to the hoop, as he scored early on, and he also was able to throw down a couple of thunderous dunks.  He also was able to swoop in to get an offensive rebound to score on a strong put back in traffic.  He struggled more to score in one-on-one situations, though.  He usually had trouble scoring off the dribble or out of the post, and he was unable to make any of the mid-range shots that he took.  He didn’t shoot well from further out, and he also missed both of his free throws, which included an instance where he airballed his second free throw.

Also, he was fairly turnover prone on offense.  For the positives, Mitchell is an unselfish player that will make the extra pass.  He was able to find teammates on the move, and he was able to make some drive and kick passes to find the open man.  However, he had some trouble handling the ball when dribbling under pressure, as he was called for traveling once, and he also dribbled off himself another time when driving to the hoop.  Mitchell also threw an inaccurate entry pass that sailed out of bounds once.

Mitchell did a very good job of rebounding the basketball.  He is very athletic and has good instincts, which enabled him to get many boards when he was on the floor.  Plus, he also played solid defense in this game.  Mitchell showed a knack for blocking shots to help his team protect the paint.  On one play, he stayed with an opponent on a drive and swatted the shot to a teammate.  He also was able to rotate to swat a shot when defending in the post to himself, as he then pushed the ball up the floor afterwards.  He also managed to run in to intercept a pass to get a steal.  He did a good job of contesting shots and making plays on the ball to help get stops and to make things difficult for his opponents. However, sometimes he would play too aggressively when defending in the paint, which would sometimes lead him to commit fouls.

Overall, Dillon Mitchell played fairly well in his team’s win over Kansas State.  He played better than the box score indicated, and he is a very athletic, energetic combo forward that thrived at making plays in the paint.  He still has a ways to go offensively as he will need to improve his jump shot and playmaking skills, but his athleticism, defensive skills, and upside could enable him to be a solid pick in the late first to the second round range of the 2024 draft.

Arthur Kaluma had his ups and downs in his team’s loss to Texas.  He didn’t shoot the ball well, but he made enough shots to showcase his potential as a prospect for the NBA, and he was able to make some solid plays on both ends of the floor. Kaluma generally excelled at scoring on hustle plays.  He was able to score on a cut to the hoop, as he was able to patiently score in traffic.  He also ran the floor to get the ball on the break, which enabled him to also score in traffic that time.  On the other hand, there was one play where he tried an awkward Euro-step move, but ended up missing on a drive in transition.

Kaluma also was able to make an open spot-up three off the catch.  He also utilized a nice pump fake that allowed him to make a step-back three while getting fouled another time.  His step-back move didn’t seem to be fluid, but he used a nice pump fake that was able to draw his defender in the air.  On the downside, he struggled to consistently knock down threes, as he would sometimes take tough shots that would lead to misses.

He also was able to drive hard to the hoop to draw free throws, and Kaluma can sometimes draw fouls when looking to drive to the basket.  However, he would often struggle to score in traffic when he would look to score off the dribble, and he lacks an elite first step when taking it to the rim.  He also tried to score out of the post, but would miss on fadeaway jumpers.

He also showed off fairly solid playmaking skills.  Kaluma was able to make a tough catch in the post and then found a cutter to notch an assist.  He also threw a quick pass to find a roll man on the move to set up a score for him.  He did a good job of finding teammates on the move.  However, there was one play where he threw an inaccurate pass that led to his team to commit an over and back violation that time.

Also, he showed a solid ability to rebound the basketball.  Kaluma was able to swoop in to get multiple boards on both ends of the floor.  He also played satisfactory defense in this game.  Kaluma was able to rotate to block a shot off of a drive out of bounds.  He also would contest jump shots to force misses.  On the downside, he would sometimes play too aggressively, which would lead him to be foul prone.

Overall, Kaluma didn’t have his best game, but he showed some skills when he was on the floor regardless.  He is a strong, mobile forward that could project into a 3 and D role at the NBA level, and he is currently a second round prospect for the 2024 draft.

Dylan Disu played very well to help lead Texas to a win over Kansas State.  He is a mobile, skilled big man that showed off some smooth scoring skills, and he consistently played well in yesterday’s game.

Disu showed a knack for scoring on mid-range jumpers off the catch.  He also ran the floor to score on a dunk, and he also was able to utilize a pump fake move to score on a drive to the hoop.  However, he struggled to consistently score out of the post, and he also missed a three-pointer off of a pick-and-pop play.

He also showed off adequate playmaking skills.  Disu is an unselfish player that can ably pass out of the post.  He was able to find a cutter when passing out of the post to notch an assist, and he can find teammates in stride.  On the downside, he can sometimes be careless on offense, which can lead him to commit turnovers.  He threw a hasty pass that got intercepted once.  He also was called for stepping out of bounds another time.

Plus, he also did a fairly good job of rebounding the basketball.  Disu also played satisfactory defense in this game.  He would get his hands on passes to get steals and deflections, and he also managed to tie up an opposing ball handler when defending in the post to nearly get a steal.  He also was able to rotate to block a shot off of a drive.  He also would contest shots both out on the perimeter and in the paint to force misses.  However, sometimes he would struggle to defend opponents off the dribble and in the post, which would lead him to commit fouls and allow scores.

Overall, Dylan Disu had a strong showing in his team’s win over Kansas State.  He is a skilled scorer that can ably knock down mid-range jump shots and finish plays around the basket, and he made some energetic plays to help his team on both ends of the floor.  He will need to be a more consistent three-pointer from beyond the arc, but his ability to make shots could enable him to make his way to the NBA someday.

David N’Guessan had a solid showing in his team’s loss to Texas.  He is an athletic, energetic combo forward that thrived as a scorer in the paint.  He would score on hustle plays, as well  as out of the post.  He thrived at scoring on cuts, rolls, and movement plays, which would enable him to finish plays at the rim.  He also was able to use a drop step and a pump fake move to score out of the post. 

Overall, N’Guessan is an athletic, undersized big man that excelled as a finisher around the basket, and he also did a decent job of rebounding the basketball, but he will need to extend his shooting range and add a reliable jump shot to his arsenal, and show that he can lock down upper-echelon opponents on the defensive end.  He has been productive on Kansas State’s team this year, and he could be a prospect to keep tabs on in the future.

Max Abmas’ performance was a mixed bag in his team’s win over Kansas State.  He didn’t shoot the ball well, as he missed all of his threes, and he would sometimes be prone to taking quick, rushed outside shots that would lead to misses.  He did a much better job of making mid-range jumpers though.  He was able to score on a quick floater, and he also would run off screens to score on quick mid-range jumpers off the catch.

He also showed off solid playmaking skills.  Abmas did a good job of passing the basketball, and he would make a variety of passes to set up scoring chances for his teammates.  He excelled at throwing long outlet passes to find his teammates on the break, and he also was able to make a timely dribble handoff pass to notch an assist once.  On the other hand, there were a couple of times where he threw hasty passes that got intercepted.

Also, he did an adequate job of rebounding the basketball, and Abmas was able to haul in boards on both ends of the floor.  He also defended fairly well, and he was able to contest a mid-range shot to force a miss.  Overall, Abmas had his ups and downs, but he did a much better job of passing the basketball than anticipated.  He is an agile, skilled playmaker that can shoot and pass the basketball.  He will need to improve his shot selection and show that he can consistently guard upper echelon opponents at higher levels, but he is an offensively skilled point guard that could end up being a reliable role player at the NBA level.

Tyrese Hunter’s performance was also a mixed bag in his team’s win over Kansas State.  On one hand, he defended well, and he was able to make some solid plays on offense at times and he also rebounded the ball well.  However, he didn’t shoot the ball very well.

Hunter showed a satisfactory ability to score off the dribble.  He has a fairly solid first step to the hoop.  He was able to score on a floater, and he also used a pump fake to draw free throws off of another drive.  He also was able to use a quick crossover to make a pull-up, mid-range jumper.  Hunter also drew three free throws on a three-point shot, despite not being a consistent outside shooter.  However, he struggled to make outside shots, and he ended up missing all of his three-point shots, even when he would be wide open.

Hunter also was able to show some playmaking skills in this game.  He is an unselfish player that is willing to make the extra pass, and he was able to throw an interior pass to notch an assist.  On the other hand, he threw an inaccurate lead pass that led a teammate too far, which led to a team turnover.

Also, Hunter did a great job of rebounding the basketball.  He also played terrific defense.  Hunter was able to run in to swipe a ball away from an opposing ball handler to get a steal.  He would also run in to get his hands on passes to get steals and deflections.  Plus, he also would contest shots both out on the perimeter and in the paint to force misses, and Hunter showed why he is one of the best defenders in college basketball due to his tenacity, range, and ability to consistently make plays on the defensive end.

Overall, Tyrese Hunter didn’t have his best game, but he still had a strong defensive game.  He’ll need to be a more consistent outside shooter from beyond the arc, but he is a second round prospect that could end up being a solid backup point guard in the NBA.

Tylor Perry had his ups and downs in his team’s loss to Texas.  He showed off a variety of scoring skills, but he also was streaky with his jump shot and was quite turnover prone on offense.  He showed a solid ability to make threes, and he would run off ball screens to make quick, three-pointers.  He also was able to use an up and under move to score on an acrobatic, reverse layup off the dribble.  He also was able to make a pull-up, mid-range jumper.  On the other hand, Perry missed too many shots off the dribble, and he would tend to take tough, contested shots that would lead to misses.

As a playmaker, he looked to be fairly average.  Sometimes, Perry would make patient, crafty passes off the dribble to notch assists.  He also was able to quickly split a double team to throw a lob pass to set up a scoring chance for a teammate around the basket.  However, he would also tend to play too recklessly that would lead him to commit turnovers.  Sometimes, he would over-dribble and be called for ball-handling turnovers.  Other times, he would throw hasty passes that would get intercepted.

Though he didn’t grab many rebounds in this game, Perry was able to get a board on each end of the floor. Also, he defended fairly well.   He also would intercept passes to get steals.  Overall, Perry didn’t have his best game, but he was able to have some solid moments at times.  He’ll need to be a more consistent shooter and improve his decision making, but his ability to make plays on offense could enable him to make an NBA summer league roster sometime down the road.

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

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