• Day’Ron Sharpe is a physical center whose offensive rebounding ability and evolving skill level as a freshman at North Carolina was a bright spot for the Tar Heels. Widely regarded as one of the top-25 prospects in the high school class of 2020 following his senior year at Montverde Academy (FL), Sharpe capped his prep career with McDonald’s All-American honors. Returning to his native North Carolina to play under head coach Roy Williams, Sharpe carved out a key rotation role as a true freshman. Averaging 9.5 points and 7.6 rebounds, the 19-year-old big man had several impressive stretches in big games for the Tar Heels.
• An imposing 6’11 center with a 265-pound frame, Sharpe certainly looks the part of an NBA big man. A powerful athlete who is more comfortable moving bodies inside than sliding on the perimeter, he nonetheless changes ends better than many players with similar dimensions.
• Seeing the vast majority of his touches in the paint, Sharpe was the best offensive rebounder in the country on paper, showed the ability to use his size one-on-one in the post and displayed a feel for moving without the ball. While he did not get many touches away from the rim and struggled from the foul line, he flashed some promise as a jump shooter and passer in limited opportunities.
• Spending time guarding both frontcourt positions, Sharpe held his own inside and was a presence on the boards as his strength lies on the interior. He appeared more comfortable as a drop defender than chasing power forwards away from the paint.
• One of several players splitting time and touches inside for the Tar Heels last season, Sharpe did not play big minutes as a freshman, but filled an important role when he was on the court. His impact was most apparent on the glass where he pulled down 18% of available rebounds on the offensive end — one of the top marks this decade and a higher rate than several Division I teams.
• Doing almost 90% of his scoring in finishing or post up situation, Sharpe averaged 1.15 points per shot around the rim in the half court [54th percentile] and 0.80 points per Post Up possession [45th percentile]. Displaying good hands catching lobs and drop passes rolling to the rim, going up strong to dunk the ball, and drawing fouls in bunches, Sharpe was effective if not overwhelmingly efficient around the rim.
• Making some rangy moves in the post, finishing a few drives, tossing in several jumpers, and displaying some genuine feel as a passer, Sharpe did not show significant versatility as a freshman, but provided some intriguing glimpses of ability away from the paint. In the short term, his ability to translate his flashes of touch to the foul line could benefit his efficiency.
• Providing a presence on the defensive glass, Sharpe’s physicality helped him hold his own around the rim as a freshman. Allowing 0.67 points per post up possession [78th percentile], he did a pretty good job using verticality and walling off some possessions, but has room to become more of a presence rotating to contest shots around the rim.
• Giving up quickness on the perimeter when sliding to the power forward spot, Sharpe found mixed results away from the paint.
— Profile by Synergy Sports