College: Iowa State
2020 Top 75 Prospect Rank: 24
Projected Draft Range: Late 1st to 2nd Round
Good defender that can get steals
Versatile player that can play either backcourt position
May struggle to consistently create his own shot
Unselfish to a fault, is far too passive on offense
May need to improve his rebounding
Tyrese Haliburton is a tall, pass-first guard that can shoot and facilitate for teams on offense. He’s seen as a 6-5 point guard that could project to be a Patrick Beverley type in the NBA by some, and ESPN’s Kevin Pelton is very high on him, according to A Sea of Blue. His 43% three-point percentage, and 4.5 Assist to Turnover ratio will surely make him a fan favorite amongst statheads, as he may remind them of another Iowa State player and current Denver Nuggets point guard, Monte Morris.
On the other hand, Haliburton rarely ever takes shots, to the point where he can cripple a team’s flow on offense. He is a very low usage player, and he has a tendency for not taking enough chances on offense. If Haliburton can ever find the right balance between shooting and passing, it could allow him to elevate his game to a whole another level. If he has a solid sophomore season, he could end up being a first round pick in 2020.