Devin
Vassell
Position: SF
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 195 lbs
School/Club: Florida State
Status: Sophomore
Birthday: 08/23/2000

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About Devin Vassell

Devin Vassell is a rangy young wing who showed budding ability as a shot maker and defender in a breakout sophomore season at Florida State.  A consensus top-200 prospect in the high school class of 2018 coming out of Peachtree Ridge High School (GA), Vassell was a largely unheralded prospect before emerging in a minor role as a freshman last season.  Averaging 4.5 points over 10.7 minutes per game in his first year under Leonard Hamilton, he turned the corner as a sophomore solidifying himself as the best offensive player on one of the nation’s best defensive teams. 

Finishing the year scoring 12.7 points and pulling down 5.1 rebounds over 28.8 minutes per game, the Georgia native helped guide the Seminoles to a top-5 ranking while earning All-ACC 2nd Team honors and solidifying himself as an NBA prospect.

Chris Dortch feature: Vassell ready for next challenge after disproving doubters

  • A lanky 6-foot-7 wing with a skinny 195-pound frame and good length, Vassell has very good size for a wing.  He is a fluid athlete who can play above the rim pretty impressively in space.
     
  • Filling a significant role for the Seminoles, who did not rely heavily on any one scorer, Vassell provided efficient floor spacing, finished emphatically in the open floor, and flashed a budding ability to create his own shot out of the pick and roll. 
     
  • Having some impressive moments defensively contesting shots and getting in the passing lanes, Vassell is a competitive defender who fit in nicely at a program known for its aggressive style of play.  His length was a consistent factor contesting shots.
     

Defensive Analysis

  • Possessing the length to contest shots, be a factor in the passing lanes, and even protect the rim some, Vassell proved to be a capable defender.  He allowed 0.50 points per isolation possession [81th percentile] as his wingspan and intensity helped him hold his own.
     
  • Going out of his area for rebounds on occasion, Vassell made some hustle plays even though his frame is still developing to help him deal with physicality.
     

Career Highlights

  • Named to 2019-20 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Midseason Top-15 list.
  • Top-10 finalist for the 2019-20 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award.
  • 2019-20 All-ACC Second Team selection.
  • Helped Florida State earn its first ACC regular-season championship in program history.
     

Sophomore (2019-20)

  • Averaged 12.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.40 steals and 0.97 blocks in 28.8 minutes.
  • Shot 49.0 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from three-point range.
  • Selected ACC Player of the Week on Jan. 20.
  • Shot 7-for-7 from three-point range on his way to a career-high 27 points vs. Virginia Tech (Feb. 1).
  • Totaled 23 points along with career highs in rebounds (11) and assists (5) vs. Miami (Jan. 18).
  • Named MVP of the 2019 Emerald Coast Classic, leading the Seminoles to the title over four games.
     

Strengths

  • Smooth athlete with a well-rounded game.
  • Moves exceptionally well without the ball.
  • Has very good range and takes quality shots.
  • Versatile and impactful defender.
     

Personal

  • Earned 2019-20 All-ACC Academic Team honors.
  • Father, Andrew, played college basketball at Stony Brook.
     

Quotable

“I feel like he’s becoming more of a ball handler [in 2019-20] and showing more of his overall game. Last year he was just kind of a spot-up shooter, but [this season] he is showing his overall game and improved a lot.”

-Florida State teammate RaiQuan Gray