Position: Point Guard
Ht: 6-2, Wt: 165
Hometown: Hampton, Virginia
College: North Carolina State
Class: Freshman - incoming
- Speed in the open court is unmatched… can get end to end with the ball in his hands in a flash
- Ability to push the ball with either hand – going North / South
- Lefty in and out dribble
- Cross over with either hand
- Ability to create fast break opportunities with his speed
- Does a nice job mixing up his speeds and accelerating past the defense… good burst
- Supreme Quickness
- Great usage of the pick and roll, finding his teammates at the rim
- Sees the floor well, good feel for where his teammates are
- Has the tools to become a very good on the ball defender… size, foot speed, active hands at the 1
- Shooting mechanics need work to develop consistency from the outside. Looks more comfortable pulling up for a mid-range jumper, struggles when pushed outside his comfort zone. Jumper comes out with a low-release, as if he’s pushing the ball
- Needs to expand offensive repertoire in the half-court set… relies heavily on the high screen and roll from the top of the key. Needs to have the ball in his hands to be involved
- Immaturity questions – read his Twitter feed – needs some schooling on how to represent his brand.
- Has to add muscle to his frame to take the pounding he will get as his game advances
- Does he have the polish? Can he be a guy that his teammates look up to?
But my big focus next season with Anthony Barber will be: Can he translate his incredible talent into being a productive NBA point guard with leadership skills to run a team?
One one hand, he had big-time potential, if he works hard and allows his game to develop. But on the other, he can also become a one-and-done guy, leaving way before he's ready... never to be heard from again.