WELCOME

Identify top prospects, gems and future NBA stars

 
 

NEWS

While he’s often been a loud voice for many of the wrong reasons in recent weeks and recent months, Kendrick Perkins is a former player that was respected during his time on the court. That respect led to relationships and a finger on the pulse of the NBA at least in some regard.

Recently on ESPN’s First Take, Perkins and the panel were discussing the New York Knicks, a team often linked to LaMelo Ball and his camp. Falling in line with the links from one party to another, Perkins stated the Knicks should draft Ball in the 2020 NBA Draft this fall to kick start their rebuild.

Kendrick Perkins says LaMelo Ball ‘has Knicks written all over him’

LaMelo Ball

Read More

FEATURED PRODUCTS

SCOUTING REPORTS

PJ WASHINGTON

Kentucky

6' 8''

230.4 LBS

“Last year, I wouldn’t even really shoot 3’s honestly. Last year I was just trying to bully people, get to the rim and make lay ups; and this year I feel like my game has expanded a lot more… ”


- PJ Washington on improving his
jump shot: (via ukathletics.com)

TRENDING PROSPECTS

1

James Wiseman

School/Team

Memphis

HT

WT

POS

CLASS

7' 1''

235

C

FR

Wiseman is an agile, athletic and efficient left-handed big man…He moves very well at his size…This kid finishes plays around the basket, defends, blocks shots, rebounds on both sides of the glass, runs the floor, gets to the line and knocks down his foul shots…Early on he looks unmatched against the competition. On any given night he has the potential to put up double-double numbers.

2

Vernon Carey Jr

School/Team

Duke

HT

WT

POS

CLASS

6' 10''

270

C

FR

His grandfather, Vincent Carey played basketball for Oral Roberts University. His father, Vernon Carey Sr was selected 19th in the 2004 NFL Draft and played 8 seasons for the Miami Dolphins. So what does natural progression suggest for junior?

 

Well, for starters it’s time to include his name in the discussion for the top overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. 14 games into the season and Carey Jr has only played more than 30 minutes in two contests. In a limited amount of playing time, Carey Jr has looked the part of a top pick; especially as of late. 

 

The athletic, lefty, two-way big is a major problem for the competition. It’s likely this problem will carryover to the next level.

 

Carey Jr is a tough load to handle around the basket. A double-double big at the NBA level that will finish plays at the rim, hit the offensive glass, rebound on the defensive end, block shots and occasionally show that he’s capable of stroking from long distance. 

 

At the next level, an NBA advanced scouting report will tell you that Carey Jr relies heavily on his left hand for offense. Take his left away…Young undisciplined tendencies on the defensive end; delayed defensive rotations at times. Exploit that…Gets to the line but doesn’t capitalize on his opportunities; much room for improvement from the charity stripe. Foul him! Don’t allow an easy basket in late game situations.

 

Vernon, sorry for putting a target on your back my man. But think about this… 

 

What if you improved as a foul shooter? What if it doesn’t matter if the defense takes your left hand away because you’re nearly as deadly finishing with your right? What will your game look like then?..And how will the defense be able to stop you? 

3

Anthony Edwards

School/Team

Georgia

HT

WT

POS

CLASS

6' 4''

210

G

FR

Far from a finished product; at just 18 years old his game is still developing. But what you love about this kid is his potential as a game changer, scorer, and defender at the NBA level. 

 

11 games into the season, most can see the NBA build/size, strength, and athleticism that Edwards brings to the guard slot. Most can see the ability to create separation and shots off the dribble. Most can see the ability to knock down difficult jumpers. Most can see the ability to get to the line. 

 

But with the good comes some bad… Edwards can score but at the NBA level so can the majority of players if provided enough shot attempts to put the ball in the bucket. The question is how efficient will he be with the opportunity provided? 

 

Edwards has no fear of pulling the trigger from long distance. But for his current style of play one of two things need to happen. Antman has to put that work into becoming a better long range shooter or… Cut down on long distance attempts and instead pull the trigger from close and midrange. His offensive efficiency will thank him later. 

4

Tyrese Haliburton

School/Team

Iowa State

HT

WT

POS

CLASS

6' 5''

172

PG

SO

More to come....

5

Obi Toppin

School/Team

Dayton

HT

WT

POS

CLASS

6' 9''

220

PF

SO

Noah Mueller, an 8 year old, second grade student, recently wrote a letter to Mr. Toppin stating “I hope you make it to the NBA”. Well, Noah you’ll be happy to know that Mr. Toppin, a redshirt sophomore from Brooklyn, New York is well on his way to the Association.  You see…Obadiah is an offensively efficient athletic tweener with the ability to operate from the post, step out on the wings, finish plays around the basket and get up and down in transition. 

 

Some may tell you that Obadiah is slightly undersized at the NBA PF slot but that won’t stop him from being able to provide C/PF small ball minutes or guard multiple positions at the next level. Some also feel that he doesn’t possess elite wing skills at this stage of his career. But he is capable of knocking down a jumper and putting the rock on the floor. He’s skilled enough for the pick & pop or roll. Despite the fact that others may feel differently about how he rolls….Toppin brings a skill set that most NBA franchises would love to have.

6

LaMelo Ball

School/Team

Illawara Hawks

HT

WT

POS

CLASS

6' 8''

180

PG

INT

LaMelo definitely looks the part! He's young, flashy and has a silky game that exudes confidence. At 18 years old, Ball brings potential, size, rebounding, and a sneaky level of athleticism to the point guard slot. 

At the one, Ball provides a significant height advantage that allows him to see over the defense. He finds teammates with solid vision and eye-popping passes...Plus his slick handle creates space and problems for opposing defenders attempting to stay in front of him.

Does LaMelo have star potential? Sure, his game looks good and it definitely passes the eye test. But...his sh*t doesn't drop (especially from long distance).

 

His offensive efficiency is a major area of improvement. You can expect progress as his game matures plus he'll benefit a great deal from floor spacing at the NBA level. 

7

Cole Anthony

School/Team

North Carolina

HT

WT

POS

CLASS

6' 3"

190

PG

FR

Freshman point guard out of New York. The son of former New York Knicks and UNLV Running Rebels point guard Greg Anthony, is currently on the sideline after undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his right knee. But the stitches are now out. So we’re that much closer to the return of…

 

An above the rim, push the pace before the defense can set type of guard. Anthony can score, knock down the three ball, get to the line, actively rebound on the defensive end and he puts forth effort on defense. 

 

On the flip side, as with most young players there is a lot of room for improvement. Anthony can be turnover prone and as a shooter his efficiency from long range and the charity stripe leaves more to be desired. Especially since he pulls the trigger from downtown and gets to the foul line often. Why not become elite at the next level in these two areas? 

 

Thus far into the season, North Carolina has yet to establish a bona fide second scoring option. At the NBA level that won’t be an issue so expect Anthony to take advantage of the defense not being able to put the entire focus on him. 

8

Tyrese Maxey

School/Team

Kentucky

HT

WT

POS

CLASS

6' 3''

198

SG/PG

FR

What does boldness, and guts look like? 

 

It looks like a product of Garland,Texas labeled as the 2019 Mr. Texas Basketball and a McDonald’s All American all wrapped in one. After his debut performance  not many can say Kentucky’s quick combo guard lacks in the confidence department.

 

In Maxey you have a guard that plays hard on both ends, pushes the pace when necessary, attacks into the paint and creates his shot off the dribble. 

 

This kid has NBA range and you best believe he won’t hesitate to pull the trigger if given daylight. Still too early to tell but this maybe a gift and a curse. His shot selection is questionable at times. But as long as his shots continue to fall no one will question the shots he selects or his star potential!

11

Isaiah Stewart

School/Team

Washington

HT

WT

POS

CLASS

6' 9''

250

PF

FR

His father has a fear of flying but that doesn’t stop him from seeing his son play. Dela Stewart will travel in upwards of 2600 miles by train to support his son.

 

That’s the type of dedication that was passed down and molded Isaiah’s work ethic into what it is today. The native Rochester, New Yorker Is a McDonald’s All-American and a potential first round NBA draft pick.

 

Stewart brings strength and mobility to the power forward slot. 

 

On the offensive side of the ball, Stewart can create and score from the post. Plus he’s quick off his feet for second chance opportunities. When help arrives, Stewart has the vision to find teammates. The potential to become a very good passer is there....Turnovers have been an issue in the early stages of the season. Cutting down on turnovers and foul shooting are areas of improvement for Stewart.

 

Defensively, Stewart uses his strength and solid frame to absorb body contact and hold his ground. He’ll contest shots and is more than capable of disrupting/blocking them as well.

About A1Squad.com

Squad, LLC is a minority owned NBA Draft content provider. This draft hub is here to identify top NBA prospects, recommend the best basketball related products and provide prospect news all in one easy to use website!


Squad strives to elevate the game through the NBA draft, educate fans to the point of being just as knowledgeable and in many instances more knowledgeable than some NBA front offices.

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

Never miss an update!

Pinterest logo.png

Pinterest

face.png

Facebook

inta.png

Instagram