Shahada Wells

Updated on 6/28/23.  Written by Alan Lu.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 180
College: McNeese State
Classification: Sixth-Year Senior
Birthdate: 8/26/1999

Projected Draft Range: Likely Undrafted

Pros:
Decent scorer off the dribble
Adequate playmaker
Solid defender
Good athlete

Cons:
Needs to improve his shooting
Can be too scoring focused on offense
Can tend to force the issue too much on offense
Undersized for his position
Didn’t get enough playing time over the past two seasons
Missed considerable time due to a knee injury

Summary:
During the 2020-21 season, Shahada Wells had a tremendous performance in the season opener in Texas-Arlington’s loss to Oklahoma State in a game that featured potential top pick, Cade Cunningham for the 2021 draft, and Wells managed to score 21 points and he also tabulated 6 rebounds and 5 steals for his team.  In that game, Wells made a highlight reel-worthy dunk early on, thrived as a scorer in transition and defender on the court, and he put forth a dazzling performance by consistently making terrific plays on both ends of the court. He then transferred at the end of the season to TCU.

Wells is a speedy, diminutive point guard that was expected to make a significant impact at TCU this past season. However, after transferring to TCU, he barely played and had a hard time getting off the bench, as he averaging a paltry 1.9 points per game, and he really struggled to get minutes before missing the rest of the season due to injury.  Since then, he’s played a little better this season, but has struggled with his outside shot at TCU.

Right now, Wells is an unlikely bet to be drafted. He is a long shot to make it to the NBA, but if he does find a way to do so, he could project into a backup role as a point guard that could provide some scoring, occasional playmaking skills, and tenacious defense off the bench at that level.

Links:
RealGM Profile
TCU Basketball Bio
Fort-Worth Star Telegram’s Article on Wells’ Knee Injury
ESPN’s Article on Covid Year Changes Rules for NBA Draft Rules for Seniors
McNeese Athletics’ Article on Wells Transferring to McNeese State

Games Scouted:
11/25/20 Texas-Arlington vs. Oklahoma State

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