Big versatile guard who may not score prolifically, but competes enthusiastically on both ends and otherwise checks a lot of boxes with his impressive versatility.
About Dalen Terry
Dalen Terry is a big guard whose versatility was an asset to an Arizona team that relied on him more consistently as the year wore on. Emerging as a prospect stuffing the stat sheet at the prep level, Terry finished his high school career at Hillcrest Prep (AZ) regarded as one of the consensus top-50 prospects in the high school class of 2020. Heading to Arizona, the Phoenix native carved out a spot in the starting lineup as a true freshman, but transitioned into a role as the Wildcats’ sixth man in the middle of the year.
Returning to Tucson to play under first-year head coach Tommy Lloyd, Terry averaged 8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.2 steals over 27.7 minutes per game as a sophomore but played better and better as the season progressed playing a major part in the Wildcats’ run to the Sweet 16.
• Measured standing 6-foot-7.25 in shoes with a 195-pound frame and a 7-foot-0.75 wingspan at the 2022 NBA Combine, Terry has the size, agility, and versatility to comfortably play and guard multiple positions.
• Competing enthusiastically on the defensive end, Terry’s tools and intensity gave him valuable versatility at the college level. Covering a lot of ground, chipping in on the glass, and staying active in the passing lanes, he made himself hard to keep off the floor as a sophomore and brings obvious upside to the next level.
• Playing on and off the ball for the Wildcats but not filling a feature role finishing as the team’s fifth leading scorer, Terry did his best work in the open floor where his energy filling lanes and ability to push the ball himself off rebounds and deflections stood out. Doing a nice job taking what defenses gave him attacking the rim and moving the ball unselfishly, he often kept things simple off the dribble. His lack of jump shooting ability was a limiting factor on his production early on — particularly when he was playing off the ball, but he caught fire late in the year from beyond the arc and at the foul line. While he is not the most dynamic shot creator or half-court weapon, he fills in a lot of blanks, can play alongside a variety of players, and becomes an easy fit on a lot of rosters if he can sustain the momentum he built late in the year as a spot-up shooter.
• Serving mostly as a secondary ball handler as a sophomore but getting some opportunities to initiate and be aggressive in transition as well, Terry filled a somewhat unique role as the utility guard in a starting lineup with four other established scorers. He did his best work in the open court averaging 1.35 points per transition possession [91st percentile] and finishing some very impressive dunks, but helped keep the defense in rotation in the half court with his ability to handle and pass while finding more consistency with his jump shot as the year wore on.
• Posting an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.6 in the half court, scoring 1.14 points per shot around the rim in the half court [53rd percentile], catching and making some alley-oop passes, and contributing opportunistically on the glass, Terry filled in a lot of blanks on a team that did not rely on him to put points on the board.
• After looking reluctant from the perimeter early on, Terry finished the year scoring 1.07 points per jump shot [80th percentile]. While he has room to smooth out his mechanics, his rise as a perimeter threat changed the calculus for the Wildcats and adds a major dimension to his appeal from an NBA perspective.
• Terry did a very good job using his size as a passer making sound reads out of pick and rolls. While he attempted few pull-up jumpers and could become more polished as a ball handler, he showed some very intriguing things as a playmaker for his size.
• A bit of a blank slate in many ways offensively, Terry is an unselfish glue guy who does a lot of things well.
• Bringing a lot of energy to the defensive end, Terry got the most out of his size and lateral quickness last season. Allowing just 0.68 points per one-on-one possession [62nd percentile], the 19-year-old held up well on the ball while guarding multiple positions.
• Showing a knack for tracking caroms on the glass and good instincts in the passing lanes, Terry made an impact in a variety of ways defensively.
• Closing out shooters with a sense of urgency but still figuring out where to be off the ball consistently, he was not immune to some lapses, but often covered for them by making multiple efforts.
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