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..
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..
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.
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.