NBA draft junkies vlog : My journey to new zealand

R.J Hampton vs LaMelo Ball

I flew all the way to Auckland, New Zealand to live scout two projected 2020 NBA draft lottery picks in R.J Hampton and LaMelo Ball.

 

In this vlog, I document my lengthy 20+ hours of travel time and my difficulties getting a media credential. Being denied a media credential motivated me even more to make the best draft content in the world.

 

I thought both prospects played okay and showed the strengths that have them highly touted, but also their weakness and areas of improvement. 

 

In this video I have nearly every possession both players touched the ball..

 

LaMelo Ball

 

I was disappointed with LaMelo's pre game activity, he did not seem like he was focused or knew the magnitude of this audition in front of NBA scouts and execs. He got off to a very slow start and spent a significant time on the bench early in the game.. He picked it up in the 3rd quarter and showed his handle, creativity, passing instincts and even threw down an impressive tip dunk off an Aaron Brooks miss. Melo finished 3-13 with with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 5 turnovers..

 

R.J Hampton

 

Hampton got off to a strong start and with a block on Melo, a nice touch pass assist in transition and a driving layup that I missed on camera..... R.J is on a much more talented team so his role is a lot different than LaMelo's. I thought RJ did a good job of defending and letting the game come to him. Melo got the best of him in the 3rd, but RJ had a strong finish (although the game had already been decided) and displayed the speed in transition and the lightning first step that made him a big time scorer on the prep level.

 

Hampton finished with 8 points on 4-9 FG with 7 rebounds and 3 assists while his team cruised to an easy victory..

 

All video shot and edited by Rafael Barlowe

Cade cunningham scouting report

This is my second trip traveling internationally to scout the FIBA Under 19 World Cup. The 2017 event held in Cairo, Egypt featured 2019 lottery picks R.J Barrett, Cam Reddish, Rui Hachimura and P.J Washington, only time will tell if this years games will produce as many lottery picks in the 2021 draft.

It is very unlikely we'll see a player dominate the way Barrett did in 2017 (most notably the 38,13 and 5 he put up vs USA in the semifinals) but the player who is likely to have similar results is Cade Cunningham from Team USA. Cunningham won't put up the monster scoring numbers as Barrett, but can be equally as dominant as the best prospect  on a deep and talented US team that is breezing by the competition.

Listed at 6'7", Cunningham has great size for a point guard and reminds me of Jason Kidd missed with a little Luka Doncic. He's not as fast as kid, or as crafty of a scorer as Doncic, but he's similar in the fact he has excellent court vision, loves to make plays for others in transition and can physically punish smaller defenders with his size and strength.

One of the things I like most about Cunningham is (like Doncic) he plays at his own pace and has a great feel for the game. Defenders can't speed him up or make him play out of control. He never seems to be in a hurry, has the patience to let plays develop and can pass teammates open. At 17 years of age, he plays with a maturity beyond his years but more importantly plays winning basketball and makes winning plays.

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Deni advija Scouting video

DAYS UNTIL 2020 NBA DRAFT 

2020 freshman prospects

james Wiseman -  7'1" 235 |C|Memphis

Anthony Edwards -  6'4" 210 |SG|Georgia 

ISAIAH STEWART - 6'9" 245 |PF/C|Washington

Cole Anthony - 6'3" 185 |PG|North Carolina

NICO MANNION - 6'3" 175 |PG|Arizona

JADEN MCDANIELS - 6'10" 185 |PF|Washington

PRECIOUS ACHIUWA - 6'9" 225 |SF/PF|Memphis

TYRESE MAXEY - 6'2" 190 |PG|Kentucky

KHALIL WHITNEY - 6'8" 200|SF|Kentucky

N'FALY DANTE - 6'11" 240 |C|Oregon

SCOTTIE LEWIS - 6'5" 180 | G/SF|Florida

BRYAN ANTOINE - 6'5"|SG| Florida

SAMUEL WILLIAMSON - 6'6" 185|SG/SF|Louisville

VERNON CAREY - 6'10" 275|C|Duke

MATTHEW HURT - 6'8" 215|PF| Duke

WENDELL MOORE - 6'6" 210|SG| Duke

JEREMIAH ROBINSON-EARL - 6'9" 235|PF| Villanova 

JOSH GREEN - 6'6" 205|SG| Arizona

PATRICK WILLIAMS -  6'8" 215|F| Florida State

JOSIAH JAMES - 6'6" 195|G|Tennessee

top returning prospects

Ochai agbaji -  6'5" 210| SG|SO| Kansas

CHARLES BASSEY - 6'10" 240|C|SO| Western Kentucky

jalen smith -  6'10" 215| PF |SO| Maryland

DEVON DOTSON - 6'1" 180|PG|SO|Kansas 

A.J LAWSON - 6'6" 185|SG|SO|South Carolina

TYRESE HALIBURTON - 6'5" 165|PG|SO|Iowa State

AYO DOSUNMU - 6'4" 185|PG|SO|Illinois

TRE JONES - 6'2" 185|PG|SO|Duke

AARON WIGGINS - 6'6' 180|SG|SO|Louisville

JAY SCRUBB - 6'6" 220|SG/SF|SO| John A. Logan College

C.J ELLEBY - 6'6" 185|SF|SO|Washington State

NEEMIAS QUETA - 7'0" 225|C|SO|Utah State

ASHTON HAGANS - 6'3" 190|PG|SO|Kentucky

AARON NESMITH - 6'6" 215|SF|SO|Vanderbilt

KIRA LEWIS - 6'3" 170|G|SO|Alabama

ISAIAH JOE - 6'5" 170|SG|SO|Arkansas

REGGIE PERRY - 6'10| 245|C|SO|Mississippi State

A.J REEVES - 6'6" 210|SG|SO| Providence

OBI TOPPIN - 6'9" 220|PF|SO|Dayton

XAVIER JOHNSON - 6'3" 190|PG|SO|Pittsburgh

TYLER BEY - 6'7" 215"|F| JR|Colorado

TY-SHON ALEXANDER - 6'4" 200|PG/SG|JR|Creighton

JORDAN NWORA - 6'7" 220| SF| JR|Louisville

PAUL REED - 6'9" 210|PF| JR| DePaul

RAYSHAUN HAMMONDS - 6'8" 235|PF | JR|Georgia

MALACHI FLYNN - 6'2" 175|PG| JR|San Diego State

CHRIS SMITH - 6'8" 205|F| JR|UCLA

OMER YURTSEVEN - 7'0"|C| JR| Georgetown

SETH TOWNS - 6'7" 215| SF| JR|Harvard

NICK RICHARDS - 6'11" 245|C| JR| Kentucky

DERRICK ALSTON - 6'8" 185|SF|JR|Boise State

STEVEN ENOCH - 6'10" 250|C| SR| Louisville

MAMADI DIAKITE - 6'9" 230|PF|SR|Virginia

JOSH LANGFORD - 6'5" 210|SG|SR|Michigan State

LAMAR STEVENS - 6'7" 230| F|SR|Penn State

CHRIS CLARKE - 6'6" 215|SF| Texas Tech

MARKUS HOWARD - 5'11" 175|PG|SR| Marquette

CASSISUS WINSTON - 6'1" 185|PG|SR|Michigan State

JORDAN BOWDEN - 6'5" 185|SG|SR|Tennessee

ROB EDWARDS - 6'4" 200|SG|SR| Arizona State

UDOKA AZUBUIKE - 6'11" 280|C|SR|Kansas

AUSTIN WILEY - 6'11" 260|C|SR|Auburn

KILLIAN TILLIE - 6'10" 220|PF|SR|Gonzaga

JAVIN DELAURIER - 6'9" 235|C|SR|Duke

KERRY BLACKSHEAR - 6'10" 260|C|SR|Florida

ALPHA DIALLO - 6'6" 210|SG/SF|SR|Providence

MARKELL JOHNSON - 6'1" 175|PG|SR|North Carolina State

JARRON CUMBERLAND - 6'5" 205|SG|SR|Cincinnati 

top international prospects

Deni advija -   6'9" 215|SF|Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)

R.J Hampton -  6'6" 190| PG/SG |NZ Breakers (Australia)

LAMELO BALL - 6'8" 180|PG|Illawarra Hawks (Australia)

THEO MALEDON - 6'5" 175|PG|ASVEL (France)

KILLIAN HAYES - 6'5" 195|G|Cholet (France)

AMAR SYLLA - 6'9" 195|SF|Real Madrid (Spain)

ARTURS ZAGAS - 6'3" 170|PG|Joventut Badalona (Spain)

PAUL EBOUA - 6'7" 210|SF|Stella Azzurra (Italy)

BIRAM FAYE - 6'9" 225|SF/PF|Gran Canaria (Spain)

MALCOLM CAZALON - 6'6" 185|Leuven Bears (Belgium)

HENRI DRELL - 6'9"190 |F| Bamberg (Germany)

DALIBOR ILLIC - 6'9" 207|F|Mega Bemax (Serbia)

BORISA SIMANIC - 7'0" 210|PF/C|Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)

NIKITA MIKHAILOVSKII - 6'8" 195|SF|Avtodor Saratov (Russia)

GYTIS MASIULIS - 6'9" 220|PF|  Neptūnas Klaipėda (Lithuania)

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Offensive strengths breakdown on 2020 NBA draft prospect Deni Avdija out of Israel. Avdija is a 6'9' playmaking forward from Maccabi Tel Aviv with excellent passing instincts that has drawn some comparisons to Luka Doncic. While it will be nearly impossible to live up to the hype surrounding Doncic, Avdija is a projected lottery pick in the 2020 NBA draft.

2020 International Scouting videos

Court vision breakdown on 2020 NBA draft prospect Théo Maledon from France. Maledon is a highly decorated point guard out of France that projects to be able to play both guards spots in the NBA with his size, ball handling, court vision and potential as a shooter. In his short career he's been able to combine team (French Cup and Pro A championships) and individual success (Best Young Player in France, All-Star appearance and French Cup Finals MVP) before turning 18 years old. Maledon is a high level passer that plays with great pace and has an advanced feel for the pick & roll game. His court vision and passing instincts are his best asset at this stage in his career, as he's shown the ability to find open shooters, hit cutters and make reads rarely seen from prospect so young. Maledon is a prospect I'll be paying a lot of attention to during the 2019-20 season, as his ASVEL team will be playing in the EuroLeague.

Nikita Mikhailovskii was one of my favorite prospects I scouted live this summer. I'm not sure if he enters the 2020 draft, but I could see him getting selected as high as in the middle of the first round if he has a good season in the competitive VTB league. Mikhailovskii's offensive versatility is what makes him an intriguing NBA prospect. He's what I call "skinny tough."Despite being slim, he plays with a toughness, aggression and confidence that should make him dangerous once his body catches up to his mind. One of his best attributes is he's a strong rebounder from the wing position and is a threat to turn missed shots into fast breaks. Listed at 6'7 or 6'8", Mikhailovskii is a creative slasher with some advanced ball handling moves and a high risk high reward passer that plays with a touch of flare. If he can improve his consistency as a shooter, he should hear his name called in the first round next June.

returning prospects Scouting videos