ESPN’s Chad Ford Evaluates Pro Prospects: Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, DeAndre Daniels

by Categorized: DeAndre Daniels, Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Napier, UConn men's basketball


Our basketball preview section is coming out on Thursday, and it will be jam-packed with stories by John Altavilla, Mike Anthony, Paul Doyle, Jeff Jacobs and myself. Appearing in different stories are some evaluations from ESPN Draft guru Chad Ford. I asked him recently to assess the NBA potential of Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels.

Here’s a sampling:

On Ryan Boatright:

“Right now he’s considered a borderline NBA prospect.  He’s got quickness and speed.  But his lack of a consistent jumper combined with his lack of size aren’t helping his cause. It’s not impossible to make the leap at that size.  Scouts are excited about Arizona State’s Jahii Carson, for example, and he’s Boatright’s size.  But if you’re going to be under six feet, you have do everything else well to succeed.”

On DeAndre Daniels:

“He’s been about upside his whole career.  The physical tools are clearly there.  It’s all about consistency for him.  Can he bring it for 40 minutes every night?  He can be invisible at times and that’s a big issue.  He also needs to continue to improve that jumper.  He has first round potential, but as a junior he now has to live up to the potential.”

On Shabazz Napier:

“Scouts are very divided on him.  Some like him, because of his natural scoring instincts and his ability to play lock down defense when he wants to.  Others are concerned with his decision making and shot selection.  While he’s a good scorer, is he good enough to overcome the fact that he doesn’t really play like a point guard.  I think he’s probably a second round pick though I do know a few NBA teams that have him projected in the late first round.”



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