Anthony Cole is no doubt is the best point guard in his class. At 6’3, 185 pounds with a 6’3 wingspan Anthony has a super smooth game; Whether it’s creating space for his shot or creating for teammates. He scores like he’s one step ahead of everyone else on the court. Anthony has all of the intangibles you want in a point guard including an elite basketball IQ, leadership qualities, play-making ability and toughness.
Anthony has sneaky bounce and is not afraid to put defenders on a highlight reel. He’s a great ball handler who can drive and finish with either hand. His quickness with the ball allows him to get into the lane and draw a second defender. Cole’s a smooth passer who knows when to deliver the ball at the right moment. He excels at operating in half court sets and he’s also a threat in transition, showing great vision and pass-ahead ability.
Anthony has shown he can be a tough defender who gets into his defensive stance and gets after the ball handler. He has extremely quick feet and great overall quickness to stay in front of man. He’s a solid rebounder for a guard thanks to his leaping ability, good strength, balance and great feel for the game.
Anthony lacks elite size that won’t be truly noticeable until he gets to college. His three-point shooting needs a bit more work. His shot lacks consistency and has a low arch with a slow release. He has great form and has the natural ability to be a good shooter in time but at this point in his young career he’s not a consistent threat from outside.
Comparison: young Deron Williams/Mike Conley
Jaylen Mallard, SF
Offers: South Alabama, Southeast Missouri State, CSU-Bakersfield, Missouri State, University of Memphis
Rating: 3.5 stars
So, a little over a month ago, I tagged along with my little sister’s basketball team to a basketball camp. While there, I got to see some talented players. My plan is to do profiles on some of them as long as I can find some video of them.
That camp was the first time I’ve seen future D1 players in person. Ms. Mallard, is thus, the first player I’ve watched for all of two minutes and gone “that’s a D1 player”. It was my opinion, during my initial impression, that she was the best player there. I’m not so sure about that now, but she was the best player that day.
Jaylen Mallard’s game is predicated on her strength, she sets hard screens, has no trouble establishing position in the post, boxes out hard, and can power through contact. She has a nose for the ball and always seems to put herself in position to get a rebound.
Offensively she’s somewhat limited. She’s most dangerous out of the pick and roll, being able to finish with little difficulty. She seems to be bothered by length though, struggling to finish over taller defenders. Her move set in the post, while effective, is fairly basic. Her court vision is solid. Mallard may well have range to the three, but she basically never takes a shot outside of the post. She also almost never puts the ball on the floor. She is a talented offensive rebounder, this coupled with her abilities to establish position and force her way to the rim means it’s difficult to keep her from scoring. This All that said, it’s worth noting that her best offensive performance that I’ve seen was also the only one where she was a focal point of the offense.
Mallard does an excellent job of knowing where to be on defense, regularly putting herself in position to contest shot. Her footwork is solid, and she does a good job of staying in front of the offensive player. She is, however, a little slow on the close out, often she gets to the shooter just late enough to not have affected the shot. In fairness though, the need for her to close on a wide-open shooter is typically a result of the defensive collapse of teammates, and she usually has to come from under the basket to even try to contest the shots.
It’s my humble opinion that if she were to improve her shot and/or start incorporating it into her game more (whichever applies), offensively the game opens for her. I think she has the chance to be really good.
Kyree Walker played in Hayward California where it all started. Class personified as a great scorer with high class handles and a powerful dribble-drive game which he is constantly working on in his training videos. Walker excels at getting into the lane and finishing at the rim. He’s got the strength to absorb contact and is very creative with his shot, allowing him to score over length. He can play bully-ball against most perimeter defenders and is a lot to handle when he gets a full head of steam like a Russell Westbrook. He’s has good open court speed and does a good job of pushing the pace constantly putting pressure on the defense.
He can play more than just the two with the way he plays walkers sees the court well and is a natural playmaker who does a good job of collapsing the defense and setting his teammates up for open shots. Has a versatile offensive game and can operate at the point or play off the ball. He can be a lock down defender when he puts his mind to it and has all the physical abilities to excel on the defensive end. Walker is a very tough-minded kid
He tends to rely on his athleticism and speed but needs to slow down at times, so he can make the right plays at the right time. He can be too ball dominant and needs to do a better job of moving the ball and operating within the flow of the offense. Looking at his high school film sometimes against high competition school tends to get a little overwhelmed but the older he gets he will figure it out. He needs to work on his outside shot for the last touch of his game
Players Comparison: Dwayne Wade
I love this kid has the potential to be best ball out of his 2 brothers which with him being the youngest has more time to develop but what the chino hill product can do is Effortless lights out shooter who has NBA range, and then some, Great form gets a high arch on the ball but has the with his deep range has great handles can pass the like no other. He plays with great pace and keeps the defense on its heels with how he always looking to push the ball up the court.
Lamelo is a high class ballhandler who has inherited a strong left and the ability to take it into the lane with either hand. He is fast and crafty with the dribble and has a quick crossover and a lot of shake n bake moves to get past his man. He can handle against pressure and has a quick change of direction to shake free in double teams and any situation. He does a nice job of drawing the defense and dropping it off to a teammate in the paint or kicking it out for a three.
His shooting ability is what separates apart from other prospects and makes him a legit NBA prospect more than his brothers. He can shoot from anywhere on the court but prefers to shoot in the corner. He pulls up for deep threes before the defense can step out to guard him and he can hit on a variety of runners and floaters all moves that make him an offense juggernaut at this level.
His weakness starts with his athleticism. Well his explosiveness and quickness are not top level like it should be. He also lacks size and strength which will come with his development and in the weight room. On the defensive side he doesn’t show any type effort which may decline his rankings but hopefully he figures that part of the game before it hurts his potential but once hasn’t shown that he can hold his position consistently especially when he was playing pro he had problem with bigger and quicker guards.
Overall, Lamelo has great upside and has shown he can be box office if he gets drafted. L has an all rounded game and like I said the best ball brother in the family.