Observing Jalen Suggs, Corey Kispert, and Ochai Agbaji

November 27th, 2020

By Alan Lu

Recently, I took the time to watch Jalen Suggs and Gonzaga take on Kansas in an early season, non-conference basketball game that took place yesterday.  Suggs and Gonzaga put forth a thoroughly impressive performance in their victory over Kansas, as they dismantled a solid college basketball team, as they managed to win in double-digits. 

Suggs put forth a strong all-around game as he excelled on both ends of the court, and he looks to be a strong contender to be the top pick of the 2021 draft.  Other players such as Corey Kispert, Joel Ayayi, Drew Timme, and Ochai Agbaji also played well, and Marcus Garrett also had a fairly solid showing despite the turnovers.  Here are my thoughts on how Suggs and the other various prospects fared on this day, as well as how their games may currently stack up as prospects for the NBA.

Gonzaga’s freshman guard, Jalen Suggs had a sterling collegiate debut, as he scored 24 points and had 8 assists to lead his team to a double-digit victory over Kansas, and he is a strong contender to be the top pick for the 2021 draft.
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Jalen Suggs had an excellent showing in his team’s double-digit win over Kansas.  He primarily excelled as a shooter and scorer on the floor, and he also made a number of strong plays on both ends of the court to help propel his team to get the victory.

Suggs did a very good job of scoring on drives as well as in transition.  Early on, he ran the floor hard to catch a lob pass in order to score on a thrilling, alley-oop dunk.  He also routinely drove hard to the basket to score on acrobatic layups, and he has a great first step off the dribble.  He changes directions well and can accelerate along with having a solid finishing ability to get scores at the rim.  Also, Suggs was able to score on a strong layup off of a backdoor cut.  Sometimes though, he would not always go up strong, which lead to to some misses.

He also shot the ball well, especially from downtown.  Suggs can run off ball screens, and he was able to make deep pull-up threes from well beyond the arc, and he has a lot of range on his shot.  He did miss on a spot-up three once, but he excelled as a scorer off the dribble in this game.

Also, Suggs displayed solid playmaking skills.  He is an unselfish player that possesses very good court vision, and he consistently tended to throw good passes off the dribble.  He can find teammates on the move, and he also threw a no-look, drop-off pass to a teammate in transition to notch assists for his team.  Suggs also excelled at finding cutters to set up scores for them, and he threw solid interior passes throughout this game.  He did commit a couple of turnovers though, as he was called for a charging foul off of a drive once, and he also threw an inaccurate pass that sailed out of bounds. Plus, Suggs was able to collect his fair share of boards in this game, and he managed to leap up to get several defensive rebounds, as he would bring the ball up the court afterwards.

Suggs also played solid defense in this game.  He did a terrific job of getting steals.  He showed a penchant for poking balls away from opponents to force turnovers, and he also would get his hands on passes to get steals and deflections.  He also nearly flew in to block a shot off of a drive, except his opponent had committed a traveling violation earlier on the play.  Suggs would double post players quickly to get them to commit passing turnovers, and he also would contest jumpers to force misses.  However, sometimes he would struggle to defend drives, which would lead his team to commit fouls and allow scores.  Another time, he sagged too far off his man, which allowed his man to score on a three-point shot.

In general, Jalen Suggs had a terrific game, and he scored 24 points, and he also notched 8 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals to help Gonzaga get the win over Kansas.  He played very well throughout this contest, and he looks to be the early favorite to be the top pick of the 2021 draft.  He is a very talented prospect that looks to have the potential to be a multi-All-Star in the NBA, and he could be a similar player to Utah Jazz’s star guard, Donovan Mitchell in the association.

Gonzaga’s senior forward, Corey Kispert played well as he scored 23 points to help his team get the win over Kansas.
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Gonzaga’s 6-7 senior forward, Corey Kispert also had a solid showing in his team’s win over Kansas.  He excelled as a shooter and scorer, and he did a good job of spacing the floor in this game.

Kispert did a good job of knocking jumpers to provide floor spacing for his team on offense.  He showed a decent ability to make spot-up threes off the catch, and he also made a pull-up three from way out another time.  He also was able to make a long two off the dribble, and he also drew free throws when attempting another pull-up jumper from the mid-range.

He also excelled as a scorer off the dribble and on hustle plays.  Kispert tends to favor going to his left, and he can use subtle dribble moves and ball fakes to consistently get scores around the basket.  He also was able to score on a powerful, two-handed dunk off of a roll to the rim another time.

He also displayed fairly average playmaking skills.  Kispert has decent ball handling skills, and he showed that he can bring the ball up the floor off of defensive rebounds.  He also set a solid off-ball screen to help his teammate get an open cut to the hoop on a separate play.  However, he didn’t seem to make enough noteworthy passes, and there were times where he would be careless with the ball that would almost result in turnovers.

He also was able to leap up to get his fair share of defensive rebounds in this game, and he was able to push the ball up the court off of one rebound.  However, he didn’t seem to get many boards outside of his area, and there was one play where he ended up fouling an opponent on a put back attempt.

Also, Kispert will need to improve defensively.  For the positives, he can defend well when he is in position to get stops for his team.  On one play, Kispert stayed with an opposing ball handler on a drive, and he altered a shot out of bounds due to possessing solid length, timing, and athleticism to do so.  He can get stops when defending opponents off the dribble if he can stay in front of his man, and he also managed to successfully draw a charge when defending a drive another time.

However, he tends to struggle to guard shooters.  He has a tendency to over-help in the paint as he’ll sag too far off of his man, which would cause him to be late to rotate back and to allow opponents to score on three-point shots.  Other times, he would over-pursue ball handlers out on the perimeter, as he would get beat off the dribble, which would cause his team to commit fouls and allow scores.

In summary, Corey Kispert had a solid showing in his team’s win over Kansas.  He scored 23 points and made 3 threes to help his team get the victory, and he showed off versatile scoring skills to help his team do so.  He excelled as a shooter and scorer in this game, and he could be a solid value pick for an NBA team in the late first to the second round range of the 2021 draft.

Kansas’ junior swingman, Ochai Agbaji played well in his team’s loss to Gonzaga, and he scored 17 points and dished out 4 assists in this game.
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Kansas’ junior swingman, Ochai Agbaji had a solid showing in his team’s loss to Gonzaga.  Though he did not grab any rebounds in this game, he excelled in all of the other categories, as he was arguably Kansas’ best player in this game against Gonzaga.

Agbaji did a good job of shooting the basketball to help his team on offense.  He excelled at making spot-up threes off the catch, and he can run off ball screens to do so.  He also was able to pull up to make a long two off the dribble.  Plus, he also showed a fairly good ability to get scores off the dribble.  He tends to favor going to his right, and he can quickly get to the basket to score, as he was able to score on a floater, and on a step-through layup.  However, sometimes he would go in too wildly, which would lead to some misses in traffic.

Plus, he also did a good job of distributing the basketball.  Agbaji continually made good passes off the dribble, and he would kick balls out to open shooters to set up scores for them.  He also managed to find a cutter, and he does a good job of moving the basketball and finding teammates on the move.  Even better, he did not commit a single turnover in this game.

He also played adequate defense.  Agbaji is a very athletic swingman that played solid help defense in this game.  He stayed with his man when defending in the post, and he showed solid timing in swatting the shot to his teammate.  He also did a good job of using his length and anticipation skills to reach in to poke balls, and to deflect passes away to get steals and deflections.  He also managed to contest a three to force a miss.  However, sometimes he can be over-aggressive on defense, which can lead him to bite on ball fakes and commit fouls on drives.  Other times, he will try to go for steal attempts and miss, which can lead him to be out of position defensively.

Overall, Ochai Agbaji played very well in his team’s loss to Gonzaga.  He is a very athletic swingman that has a variety of skills that could enable him to succeed at the NBA level.  He’ll need to be a more consistent shooter and scorer in games, and he has the potential to do that.  If he has a solid junior season, he could potentially end up being a first round pick, and his strong performance in his team’s loss to Gonzaga is an encouraging sign that maybe he could realize that goal.

Gonzaga’s 6-10 sophomore center, Drew Timme had a statement game, as he scored 25 points to help his team get a double-digit win over Kansas.
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Gonzaga’s 6-10 sophomore center, Drew Timme had a breakout game, as he scored 25 points to lead his team to a double-digit victory over Kansas.  He really excelled at scoring the basketball, and he is a skilled big man whose solid offensive skills could lead his team to many more wins this season.

Timme did a good job of scoring in the post.  He is a strong, mobile big man that often scored on drop step moves, and he can go to either hand to do so.  He also would draw free throws when looking to score inside, and he did a good job of making his free throws when he was at the foul line.  Timme also excelled at scoring on hustle plays, as he can score on put backs, rolls to the rim, and in transition, and he was able to throw down a powerful, two-handed dunk off of a roll once.  He didn’t miss often, and he was virtually automatic as a scorer in the post.

He also excelled at making mid-range jumpers, and Timme showed that he can comfortably make shots in that range.  He also attempted a three-point shot, but he missed his lone three-point attempt despite being open to take a shot off of a pick and pop play.

Also, Timme showed a decent ability to get scores off the dribble, and he can use subtle dribble moves to score on tough, crafty layups and floaters.  He did miss a couple of times as he didn’t always take great shots when looking to score on drives, but Timme did a good job of scoring when he had his balance and when he showed the body control to get his shots up in the paint.

On the downside, Timme was rather turnover prone in this game.  For the positives, he is a good screen setter that can help his teammates get open shots and drives to the basket, and he showed some passing and ball handling skills at times in this game.  However, he tended to commit careless turnovers on offense.  He was called for traveling several times in the post, and he had some trouble making decisions when doubled by his opponents.  He also was called for a three seconds in the key violation due to being in the post for too long.  Another time, he tried to post up, but had the ball poked and stolen away by an opponent. He also was able to get his fair share of rebounds, and he would leap up to get multiple boards on both ends of the floor.

However, Timme will need to improve defensively.  For the positives, Timme would get his hands on passes and loose balls to help his team get steals and deflections.  He also would sometimes hold his ground to contest shots in the post to force misses, and he would also rotate to contest shots off of drives to get stops for his team.  However, he would tend to sag too far off of shooters, which would allow his opponents to score on jump shots.  Other times, he had trouble defending opponents off the dribble, which would lead him to commit fouls and allow scores.  Sometimes, he would allow his opponents to get deep position in the post, which would allow them to get scores around the basket.

Overall, Drew Timme played very well, as he especially excelled as a low post scorer and mid-range shooter to help his team get the win.  As he is now getting extended playing time this season as a sophomore, Timme is really able to settle in and establish himself as a strong inside scorer, and he could swiftly move up draft boards as a result.  Right now, he projects to be a second round prospect for the 2021 draft, and if he keeps playing well, he could end up being a solid role player in the NBA.

Gonzaga’s junior guard, Joel Ayayi put forth a stellar performance in his team’s win over Kansas.  He showed off versatile scoring skills, and he also showed some solid facilitation skills to help his team on offense in this game.

Ayayi did a good job of scoring on quick drives to the hoop.  He would score on aggressive drives to the rim, and he also threw down an emphatic, two-handed dunk on a breakaway in transition.  He also excelled at scoring on hustle plays, as he managed to score on a quick put back, and he also showed a knack for scoring on backdoor cuts.  He also made an open corner three, as he showed a decent ability to knock down jumpers to provide floor spacing for his team.

He also displayed decent playmaking skills.  Ayayi showed a knack for finding teammates in transition, as he passes well off the dribble, and can throw accurate interior passes to set up scoring chances for his teammates.  Sometimes though, he would throw passes that would get deflected, and he threw a lazy entry pass that was deflected off of his teammate that resulted in a turnover.

Also, Ayayi did a great job of rebounding the basketball.  He was able to haul in numerous boards due to possessing a solid motor and instincts, and has a keen nose for the ball.  He also played decent defense in this game.  Ayayi would quickly jump passes to get steals, and he showed that he can stay in front of his opponents to contest shots to force misses.  However, sometimes he would struggle to defend opponents off the dribble, which would lead his team to commit fouls and allow scores.  Other times, he would struggle to fight through screens, which would lead him to allow opponents to score on jumpers.

Overall, Joel Ayayi played a solid all-around game to help lead his team to get the win over Kansas, and he also displayed versatile scoring skills as he made shots very efficiently throughout this contest.  He is an athletic, skilled combo guard that currently projects to be a second round prospect for the 2021 draft, and with continued development, he could end up being a solid role player in the NBA.

Kansas’ 6-5 senior guard, Marcus Garrett played fairly well in his team’s loss to Gonzaga.  Though he did commit plenty of turnovers and at times played some unusually shoddy defense in this game, he made a number of impressive scores, as he was very efficient in scoring the basketball to keep his team in the game for most of the way.

Garrett did a very good job of scoring on quick, aggressive drives to the hoop.  He has a solid first step off the dribble, and he would continually get past his man to get to the hoop, as he would often score on strong layups around the basket.  He also excelled at taking on the contact to draw numerous free throws.  Also, he managed to score on an acrobatic, flip layup after getting the ball in the post, and he was able to dart his way to the hoop past a big man to do so. 

He also shot the ball well, as he was able to make a pair of open threes off the catch.  Garrett showed a lot of promise to be his team’s go-to scorer, and it’s clear that Kansas will depend on him and Agbaji to create and make shots to put up points for their team.

However, he struggled more to score on off-ball motion plays.  On one good play though, he drew free throws on a put back after getting an offensive board for his team.  Sometimes, he would not play under control though, which would lead to misses around the basket.  On one play, he went too far underneath the hoop after getting the ball on the move, as he then missed the shot.  He also was unable to make a pull-up jumper from mid-range another time.

Also, he was quite turnover prone in this game.  For the positives, Garrett is an unselfish player that will make the extra pass to keep the ball moving, and he will spot open shooters to get them the basketball.  On one possession, he threw a behind the back pass to a shooter to set up a score for his teammate. 

On the other hand, Garrett played too carelessly with the ball in his hands, which was especially the case when he didn’t look to score in this game.  He would tend to over-dribble, as he was called for a charging foul once, and he also over-dribbled another time that led him to throw a wildly inaccurate pass that sailed out of bounds.  Sometimes, he will throw passes that are off-target, and he had a pass deflected and intercepted in the backcourt very early on.  He also slipped on the floor when handling the ball off of a screen, which caused him to fall and lose his balance and the basketball, as an opponent later intercepted the basketball. Though he didn’t get many rebounds in this game, Garrett was able to leap up to get a pair of defensive boards to help his team when he was on the floor. 

He also played adequate defense.  Garrett is an athletic, active help defender that would poke balls away to help his team get steals and deflections, and he would also get his hands on passes and jump on loose balls to help get additional deflections.  Plus, he was able to quickly double a post player to force his opponent to commit a traveling violation. 

However, his defense was surprisingly bad early in this game, and Gonzaga really was able to turn his aggressiveness against him when he was on the defensive end.  Garrett would sometimes be unfocused and he was also prone to taking bad gambles that would not pay off for his team.  Early on, he lost track of his man on the backside due to being too focused on watching the opposing ball handler, as he then immediately allowed his man to catch a lob pass to score on an alley-oop dunk in transition.  He would tend to lose track of his man on motion plays to allow scores to them.  Also, he would sometimes reach in too much, as he would be out of position when he would miss on a steal attempt, and he also would commit reach-in fouls due to over-aggressiveness.

Overall, Marcus Garrett is an athletic point forward that had a fairly solid game statistically, and he has the potential to turn in a great senior season if he can consistently play well when he is on the court.  However, despite making shots very efficiently in this game, Garrett was too mistake prone, as he committed careless turnovers and made some costly mistakes on the defensive end.  He will need to take better care of the basketball and play better on-ball defense.  On the bright side, it’s an encouraging sign that he has shown that he can be effective as a scorer when he gets more touches on offense, and Kansas will likely need him to be a dependable scorer this year.  Right now, Garrett is a second round prospect for the 2021 draft.  He will need to continue to improve his outside shot and he will need to be more assertive on offense, but his ability to create off the dribble and defend could enable him to be an effective role player in the NBA.

Gonzaga’s junior point guard, Andrew Nembhard quietly played well in his team’s win over Kansas.  He was an effective distributor that excelled at consistently finding open teammates in transition due to possessing solid court vision, and he also excelled as a driver to help his team put up points.  He also made a spot-up three off the catch, but he also threw up two airballs when hosting up long-range shots from beyond the arc. 

He will need to improve defensively though.  For the positives, he was able to catch a tipped entry pass to help his team get a steal, and he also contested a three-point shot to force a miss once.  On the downside, he struggled to defend shooters or opponents off the dribble, and he also misplayed a ball that led him to allow a score on a drive to the hoop.

Overall, Andrew Nembhard excelled as a scorer and facilitator in this game, and he did a good job of running the point when he was on the floor.  He will need to improve his defense, but his ability to make plays on offense may make him a borderline second round candidate for the 2021 draft.

Other Notes:

Christian Braun is a 6-6 sophomore swingman that plays for Kansas, but he didn’t particularly have a great game in his team’s loss to Gonzaga.  He didn’t look to shoot the ball nearly enough, but he did show a decent ability to score off of drives and knock down spot-up threes when he would look to hoist up shots.  However, he didn’t look to score enough, and he also missed both of his free throws.  He also was quite turnover prone in this game.  On one play, he lost the ball on a drive, and he also threw an inaccurate passes that resulted in a couple of turnovers.

He didn’t grab many rebounds, but he was able to collect a pair of defensive boards in this game.  Defensively, he would sometimes be too slow to get back on defense or to get to loose balls around him, and he also gave up too much space to a shooter to allow his man to score on a three-point shot.

Overall, Braun didn’t have his best game, but he showed potential as a sharpshooter for his team.  His team will need to get him the ball more, but Braun will need to be more assertive in looking for his own offense, and he will have to take better care of the basketball and defend better in games.  If he has a good sophomore season, he could end up moving up draft boards as a prospect that could provide shooting prowess to teams in the NBA.

Kansas’ 6-8 freshman forward, Jalen Wilson was able to make shots in a variety of ways, as he especially excelled at scoring on hustle plays.  He in particular showed a penchant for scoring on put backs, and he also scored on a tough cut to the hoop.  He also showed a solid first step to score off the dribble, and he also used a jab step to make a three-pointer over a smaller defender.   However, he tended to miss spot-up threes too often, and he was inconsistent in getting scores when looking to create off the dribble.

He was fairly turnover prone, as he tended to commit ball-handling turnovers, but Wilson was able to find an open shooter to get an assist.  He was particularly active at crashing the glass to help his team get offensive rebounds, and he did a fairly good job of rebounding the basketball.  On the defensive end, Wilson struggled to defend quicker players off the dribble, as he was prone to committing fouls and allowing scores to his opponents.

Overall, Wilson didn’t have a great game, but he is an athletic, combo forward that can score on off-ball motion plays.  He will need to continue to improve his game, and he will need to improve his shooting and defense first and foremost as a player.  He started this game, and he could be a player to watch on Kansas’ team if he plays well this season.

Kansas’ 6-5 freshman guard, Bryce Thompson played fairly well in his team’s loss to Gonzaga.  He was an active help defender that got steals and blocks for his team, and he also excelled as a jump shooter to provide floor spacing for his team on offense.

Thompson excelled at making pull-up jumpers from the mid-range.  He also was able to make a three-point shot, though he struggled more when he would look to shoot off the catch.  He also had more trouble when he would look to go all the way to the hoop to score though, as he was prone to missing shots wildly around the basket.

He displayed fairly average playmaking skills in this game.  He was able to find an open shooter to notch an assist. On another play though, he dropped an inaccurate low pass out of bounds that led to a turnover, though that was the result of a bad pass from his teammate instead.

He also was able to chip in to get boards on both sides of the floor.  Thompson also played adequate defense in this game.  He is a rangy defender that can jump passes and poke balls away to get steals and deflections, and he also blocked a shot off of a drive out of bounds due to possessing solid length, timing, and athleticism.  He also rotated to the post to help force a traveling violation.  However, he tended to sag too far off of shooters, as he would give up three-point baskets to the opposition.  Other times, he had trouble defending opponents off the dribble, as he would fail to cut off penetration and also bite on pump fakes that would lead him to be out of position defensively.

Overall, Bryce Thompson is an athletic combo guard that shows promise as a shooter and defender on the court.  He will need to improve his outside shot and on-ball defense, but his mid-range game and solid off-ball defensive skills could enable him to get plenty of minutes on Kansas’ team this year.

Kansas’ 6-8 sophomore forward, Tristan Enaruna got surprisingly few minutes against Gonzaga, as he came off the bench, and only played 10 minutes in the entire contest.  He played well when he was on the court, but he wasn’t on the floor long enough to make a lasting impact in this game.

Enaruna excelled at getting scores off the dribble, as he has a quick first step that allows him to get scores in the paint, and he also made a step-back, mid-range shot another time.  He also is an unselfish player that will make the extra pass, though he also threw a bounce pass that got intercepted shortly after picking up his dribble when crowded by his opponents.

He didn’t grab many rebounds, but Enaruna was able to leap up high to get a defensive board.  Defensively, he looked to be about average.  He rotated to poke a ball away from a post player to nearly get a steal.  However, late in this game, he didn’t even hustle back on defense, as his team gave up a dunk on a fast break.

Overall, Tristan Enaruna is a long and athletic forward that appeared to be poised to have a good sophomore season, as he seemed due for extending playing time this year.  However, that may no longer appear to be the case, as he has not gotten much run so far this season.  Enaruna will have to find a way to get more playing time on a consistent basis, or he may have to consider transferring to another school elsewhere. 

He’s shown promise at times early in his collegiate basketball career, but he ultimately had a disappointing freshman campaign that resulted in limited playing time and low shooting percentages.  It’s uncertain if he can get a more prominent role on his team this season.  He’s shown flashes to be an athletic shot creator and defender on the court, but he will need to consistently produce off the bench in order to improve his chances to get more draft stock later on this season.

Gonzaga’s 6-8 sophomore forward, Anton Watson didn’t really stand out in this game. Against Kansas, he was active as a rebounder and he also started this game, but he was pretty much a non-factor throughout this contest.  He only took one shot, but he managed to run the floor to score in transition.

Watson was fairly turnover prone, but showed the ability to distribute the basketball and set screens on offense.  He can pass off the dribble, and he is an unselfish player that will look for the open man.  He also set solid on-ball screens to help his team get open jump shots and driving lanes.  However, he also would throw inaccurate passes that would go astray, and he also was called for traveling on a roll to the rim that would have resulted in a score if they hadn’t called him for traveling otherwise.

Also, Watson did a decent job of rebounding the basketball, and he also looked to be about average as a defender.  Watson was able to rotate to draw a charge on a drive, and he also will get his hands on passes and poke balls away to get steals and deflections due to possessing solid hands and timing to do so.  However, he would tend to be unfocused defensively.  In this game, he tended to get caught ball watching as he would lose his man on motion plays, and he would sometimes not move his feet well, which would lead him to allow opponents to score the basketball.

Overall, Watson didn’t really have much of an impact on this game, as he was not very assertive on offense, and he was also rather turnover prone.  He will need to take more shots on offense and also improve his outside shot and on-ball defense, but if he plays well this season, he could be a prospect to keep tabs on sometime down the road.

David McCormack was thrust into the starting lineup after departures from several notable players, and it was thought that the junior center would thrive in extended playing time as the team’s primary low post scorer this season.  However, McCormack was a huge disappointment in the first game as he was overmatched when playing against Drew Timme or other players when he was on the court, and McCormack was inconsistent as a low post scorer, incredibly turnover prone, and he was a defensive liability that also happened to be a solid screen setter for his team on offense in this game.

Kansas went to McCormack quite often in the low post, but he was not as effective as he should have been, as he was inconsistent in making shots from the block.  He was able to score on several turnaround, right-handed jump hooks, but he missed on other hook shots, and he also missed on a couple of fadeaway jumpers.  He didn’t establish a consistent rhythm on offense, and he struggled to score more when he would take shots from further out.

He was able to catch a lob pass to draw free throws on a roll to the rim, and McCormack was able to make both of them when he was at the foul line.  He struggled to make jump shots though, as he missed on long two-pointers both times despite being open to take those shots.

On the downside, McCormack was quite turnover prone in this game.  For the positives, McCormack is a good screen-setter that sets firm, solid screens due to his massive size and frame, and he is a strong player whose presence and screen-setting ability makes it difficult for his opponents to get around him.  He would free up his teammates to get open jump shots and driving lanes to set up scores for them.  McCormack also was able to find an open cutter from the post to set up another scoring chance for his team.  However, McCormack tended to throw inaccurate passes, and he would also telegraph his passes that would get intercepted by his defenders.  Another time, he tried posting up, but a defender roamed and went in to rip the ball right out of his hands to get a steal the other way.

McCormack showed a solid ability to rebound the basketball when he was on the court, and he was able to leap up to get plenty of defensive boards.  However, sometimes he would get beat to balls on defensive rebounding attempts by quicker players, which would cause him to allow put back scores to the opposition.

Unfortunately, McCormack just did not defend very well when he was on the court in this game.  For the positives though, he defended better late in this contest, but by then, it was too late.  He did manage to rip a ball away when defending in the post to get a steal due to possessing strong hands, and McCormack can defend short-area drives to help his team protect the paint.  However, he often struggled to defend out on the perimeter, as he would routinely get beat off the dribble to allow scores.  Other times, he wouldn’t show much resistance when defending in the post, and he also would be too slow to get back when the other team would get out in transition.

Overall, David McCormack did not play well in his team’s loss to Gonzaga, and he was neither effective as a scorer or defender overall.  He was not consistent as a scorer in the post, and he was even worse when he would attempt mid-range jump shots.  Despite being able to set a pair of good, bruising screens to help his teammates, McCormack was often inaccurate with his passes, and he did a terrible job of defending in space, as he tended to get beat by quicker players to allow scores.  McCormack might be ill-suited to get heavy playing time if he continues to play as badly as he did in this game, which would not bode well for his draft prospects for the NBA.

Gonzaga’s freshman swingman, Julian Strawther barely played in this game, but he did not play well at all in limited minutes in this match.  He held the ball too long when handling it, and he got it stolen away by an opponent, and he committed a loose ball foul on the ground to try to get it back. Late in this game, he tried to contest a shot, but ended up allowing his man to score on a mid-range jump shot. 

Overall, Strawther didn’t play long enough to establish his footing in this game, and he was pretty much a non-factor in his team’s win against Kansas.  He’s not likely a prospect for 2021 as he might not see much playing time this year based on his little playing time in this match, but he could be a prospect to keep tabs on in the future if he plays well in games down the road. 

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