- Super quick guard
- Great speed in the open court
- Huge wingspan for a PG
- Excellent ball handler
- Lethal penetrator
- Aggressive attacking the basket
- Solid passer off penetration
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING AROUND THE WEB
April 20 Update: Schroeder has been the star of the World Team in practices this week in Portland. Blessed with elite quickness, speed and a huge Rajon Rondo-esque 6-foot-7 wingspan, he been able to penetrate at will and has shown great improvement in his court vision. He made a number of terrific passes and showed he could stop on a dime, elevate and hit jumpers.
"He's never really played with athletes," one NBA scout said. "You see him figuring it out and throwing lobs and finding guys. He didn't do that in Germany. I'm really impressed with how he looks when surrounded with talent."
If he can duplicate what we've seen in practices against Andrew Harrison, Team USA's lead guard and a projected top-5 pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Schroeder will catapult into the first round this year.
When we first wrote about Dennis Schroeder six months ago, just as he was beginning to take off as a NBA prospect, few people in his own country even knew his name. Fast forward to today, and Schroeder is one of the hottest prospects in the 2013 draft, fresh off a strong week in Portland where he introduced himself in very impressive fashion to a plethora of NBA scouts and executives who were mostly watching him for the very first time.
Schroeder's work started in the practices, where, as the oldest player on the team, he immediately established himself as the leader of the group. The team's offense was heavily geared towards his strengths, which are very conducive to the setting in which the game was played in.
Featuring terrific ball-handling skills, a lightning quick first step, excellent speed in the open floor, and a penchant for getting teammates involved, Schroeder did an outstanding job in both transition and in the half-court, getting to virtually wherever he wanted on the floor. He executed his team's offense effectively, doing a good job of pushing the ball inside when needed, and finding teammates constantly spotting up on the perimeter or cutting to the rim for a layup after blowing past his man.
Point guard with effortless blow by speed to get by opponents virtually at will ... At 6'1-6'2, he has a huge wingspan at 6'7 1/4 ... Shows good form on his shot and his stats back that up, hitting 40% from 3 (on 3.3 attempts per game) and 84% from the line, averaging 11.9 ppg in 24 mpg during his season in the German Bundesliga ... Solid passer. Vision and playmaking skills seem to be developing nicely ... In the Hoop Summit he displayed a reliable handle and the ability to play under control at a high rate of speed, setting up teammates for buckets as well as an emerging pull up jumper. Granted that was against a talented but inexperienced group of high school prospects ... A solid defender, showing a good understanding of spacing and staying in defensive position with his hands active without reaching. Displays a lot of potential to be an on ball pest with his quick feet and huge wingspan ... Shows a developing tear drop and would be well served by perfecting it ... Also has a deft spin dribble move ... Schroeder's elite level speed is his biggest weapon and gives him a lot of intrigue as an NBA prospect ...