Vanja
Marinkovic
Position: SG
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 190 lbs
School/Club: Partizan Belgrade
Status: Int'l Draft Eligible
Birthday: 01/09/1997

About Vanja Marinkovic

Vanja Marinkovic is an early bloomer who can make shots from the perimeter in bunches on his best nights. Emerging as a prospect averaging 9 points per game for his native Serbia at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, Marinkovic began seeing steady minutes with Partizan—with whom he has spent his entire career—in the EuroCup, Adriatic League, and Serbian League that winter. Emerging as a regular starter four years ago, the Belgrade native took a significant step forward last season solidifying himself as one of Partizan’s primary offensive weapons. He averaged 11.7 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in his draft eligible year this season.

  • Has nice size for a wing listed at 6’7 but has an even wingspan and an improving 205-pound frame. Not especially explosive, but has solid quickness and plays with a steady motor.

  • Played a significant role as Partizan’s most productive jump shooter. Did much of his damage as a floor spacer, but also scored steadily using on and off ball screens. Put together several big offensive performances over the course of the season.

Defensive Analysis

  • Competitive defender who stays engaged off the ball. Not especially versatile, but will make some hustle plays.
Dewan
Hernandez
Position: PF
Height/Weight: 6-11 / 235 lbs
School/Club: Miami
Status: Junior
Birthday: 12/9/1996

About Dewan Hernandez 

Dewan Hernandez is a coordinated big man who put together an efficient campaign as a sophomore before losing his junior season to eligibility concerns. Widely regarded as a top-25 prospect in the high school class of 2016 out of Norland High School, Hernandez capped his prep career with an appearance in the McDonald’s All-American game. Averaging 5.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game as a true freshman, The Miami native showed significant improvement as a sophomore contributing 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game two years ago for Jim Larranaga’s Hurricanes.

  • Possesses great size for a center measured at 6’10.25 in shoes at the NBA Combine with a 7’1.75 wingspan and a lean 233-pound frame. Has nice mobility for a big man and a far stronger base than he did early in his career.

  • Figured to play a prominent role as the Hurricane’s main reference inside this season. Was an efficient contributor two years ago finding shots in a variety of ways inside and even flashing some ability to drive the ball from the mid-range.

Defensive Analysis

  • Competes defensively and has solid feet for his size. Provided some value as a rim protector and area rebounder. Has room to improve as a ball screen defender.

  • Allowed 0.850 points per Post Up possession holding his own inside in the ACC.
Jaylen
Hands
Position: SG
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 180 lbs
School/Club: UCLA
Status: Sophomore
Birthday: 02/12/1999

DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Brooklyn Nets

About Jaylen Hands

Jaylen Hands is an athletic point guard who showed growth in his first season as a full-time starter. Widely regarded as one of the top-25 prospects in the high school class of 2017 out of Foothills Christian High School, Hands capped his prep career with an appearance at the McDonald’s All-American game before averaging 9.9 points and 2.6 assists per game as a freshman at UCLA. Declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft and attending the Combine, Hands returned to Westwood for his sophomore year averaging 14.2 points and 6.1 assists per game to earn All-Pac-12 2nd Team honors.

  • Has good size for a guard measured at 6’3 in shoes at the 2019 NBA Combine to go along with a solid 6’5.5 wingspan and a lean 180-pound frame. Bouncy athlete in space with impressive speed.

  • Played a huge role for UCLA carrying a significant burden as the team’s primary shot creator. Did much of his damage pulling-up for jumpers out of ball screens and attacking the rim in transition. Had several big games both as a scorer and playmaker over the course of the season.

Defensive Analysis

  • Has nice length and quickness defensively, but room to be more physical defending on the ball and close gaps with a greater sense of urgency.  Likes to chip in on the glass to spark fast break opportunities.   
     
  • Defended a lot of Spot Ups last season as UCLA played a near 50-50 zone split.
Kyle
Guy
Position: SG
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 175 lbs
School/Club: Virginia
Status: Junior
Birthday: 08/11/1997

DRAFT TRADE:Traded to Sacramento Kings

 

About Kyle Guy

Kyle Guy is a tremendous jump shooter coming off a clutch performance in Virginia’s National Championship victory and an efficient college career overall. Widely regarded as a top-40 prospect in the high school class of 2016 out of Lawrence Central High School, Guy capped his high school career with McDonald’s All-American honors before emerging as a valuable contributor off the bench as a freshman under Tony Bennett. Coming on strong as a sophomore, the Indianapolis native played a key role in each of Virginia’s last two NCAA Tournament appearances. Averaging 15.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as a junior, Guy captured All-ACC 1st Team honors and several All-American nods for his efforts.

  • Lacks great size for a wing measured at 6’2.25 in shoes at the 2019 NBA Combine to go along with a narrow 168-pound frame and a 6’4.5 wingspan. Makes a far bigger impact with his shot making ability than his physical tools.

  • Dynamic jump shooter coming out of a structured system that lent itself well to his ability to rise and fire on the move. Did much of his damage in spot up and off screen situations each of the last three years but also evolved as a decision-maker blending in nicely alongside Virginia’s other 2019 draft picks.

Defensive Analysis

  • Came a long way defensively over the course of his college career. Lacks a degree of physicality, but has great fundamentals and plays with energy. Showed some improvement as a rebounder as a junior chipping in more eagerly on the glass than he did early in his career.

  • Allowed 0.756 points per Isolation possession [53rd percentile] displaying good intensity.
Marial
Shayok
Position: SG
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 198 lbs
School/Club: Iowa State
Status: Senior
Birthday: 07/26/1995

About Marial Shayok

Marial Shayok is a confident scorer who relished the opportunity to play a major offensive role for the first time in his only season at Iowa State.  Widely regarded as a top-150 prospect in the high school class of 2014 out of Blair Academy, Shayok emerged as a prospect averaging 12 points and 5.5 rebounds per game at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship for his native Canada.  He carved out a small but steady role at Virginia as an underclassman averaging a career-best 8.9 points per game as a junior but opted to transfer to Iowa State for his final year of eligibility.  The Ottawa, Ontario native averaged 18.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2 assists per game as a senior to earn All-Big XII 1st Team and Big XII Tournament Most Valuable Player honors while guiding Steve Prohm’s Cyclones to the NCAA Tournament.

  • Not especially tall for a wing measured at 6’5.5 in shoes at the NBA Combine, but has a terrific 7’0.25 wingspan and a lean 197-pound frame to go along with solid all-around athleticism.
     
  • Played a big role as the most aggressive scorer on a team with no shortage of offensive talent. Served primarily as a floor spacer but did a little bit of everything else hunting shots in the Cyclones’ prolific offense scoring at a strong rate creating off the dribble as well.  

Defensive Analysis

  • Has good length and some instincts in the passing lanes defensively.  Shows some competitiveness and fares well when he’s bringing consistent energy. 
     
  • Allowed 0.868 points per Isolation possession and 0.857 points per Post Up possessionlast season flashing some versatility in some matchups.
Jarrell
Brantley
Position: PF
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 255 lbs
School/Club: College of Charleston
Status: Senior
Birthday: 06/07/1996

DRAFT TRADE:Traded to Utah Jazz

About Jarrell Brantley

Jarrell Brantley is a unique power forward with impressive strength and budding jump shooting ability.  A lightly regarded prospect in the high school class of 2015 out of Notre Dame Prep, Brantley nonetheless made an instant impact at Charleston averaging 11.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game as a true freshman.  Earning All-CAA honors in each of his four collegiate seasons, the South Carolina native improved steadily each year averaging 19.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game as a senior solidifying himself as one of the most versatile forwards in the mid-major ranks.

  • Not especially tall for a power forward measured at 6’6.5 in shoes at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament but has a terrific 7’1 wingspan and an imposing 252-pound frame to go along with nice agility.
     
  • Did a little bit of everything for the Cougars last season running the floor, attacking mismatches, and scoring from the inside and out without off the ball.  Was given significant freedom to attack one-on-one, and impacted the game in a variety of ways with his unique combination of length, strength, and floor game.

Defensive Analysis

  • Has good tools defensively with his combination of agility and strength.  Holds his own guarding the ball in the post and on the perimeter, but has room to improve off the ball.  Makes some plays by virtue of his length and is a very capable rebounder when dialed in.
     
  • Allowed 0.861 points per Isolation possession and 0.804 points per Post Up possessionlast season flashing some versatility.
Justin
James
Position: SG
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 190 lbs
School/Club: Wyoming
Status: Senior
Birthday: 01/24/1997

About Justin James

Justin James is a productive mid-major player who grew into one of the most versatile players in college basketball over his four-year career at Wyoming.  A lightly regarded prospect in the high school class of 2015 out of Oldsmar Christian School, James averaged only 5 points per game as a freshman in the Mountain West.  Taking a big step forward as a sophomore but making strides in several areas as an upperclassman, James finished his senior season averaging 22.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game to lead the Cowboys in nearly every statistical category and capture All-Mountain West 2nd team honors.

  • Has very good size for a guard measured at 6’7 in shoes at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament to go along with a solid 6’8 wingspan and a lean 183-pound frame.  Fluid athlete who shows the ability to change gears well with the ball in his hands and nice explosiveness around the rim.
     
  • Played a huge role for Wyoming carrying them for long stretches and seldom leaving the floor.  Created a huge volume of shots out the pick and roll and did a little bit of everything else as the Cowboys looked to get him involved in a variety of ways.  Did his best work as a slasher using his size and quickness to initiate contact, but showed some creativity as a passer, and put points on the board in bunches when he ran hot from the perimeter.

Defensive Analysis

  • Fairly competitive defender who shows some toughness and instincts.  Not especially long for his height, but has solid quickness and plays with more urgency than a lot of players who seldom leave the floor.  Good rebounder for a guard with some versatility on the wing.
     
  • Defended a lot of spot-ups last season as Wyoming played a near 50-50 zone split, but held his own on the ball when they played man-to-man.
Cody
Martin
Position: SF
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 200 lbs
School/Club: Nevada
Status: Senior
Birthday: 09/28/1995

About Cody Martin 

Cody Martin is a versatile wing who showed growth as a shot maker late in his college career.  Widely regarded as a top-75 prospect in the high school class of 2014 out of Oak Hill Academy, Martin started his career at North Carolina State, but had a breakout year after transferring to Nevada.  Earning All-Mountain West honors each of the last two seasons, he declared and subsequently withdrew from the 2018 NBA Draft, returning to school to average 12.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game as a senior to help the Wolfpack to the NCAA Tournament.

Twin brother, Caleb Martin, is a highly regarded prospect in the NCAA class of 2019 who averaged 19.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a senior alongside Cody at Nevada.

  • Has solid size for a wing measured at 6’5.5 in shoes at the 2019 NBA Combine to go along with a lean 192-pound frame and a 6’10.25 wingspan.  A fluid all-around athlete with a good first step, Martin’s improvement as a senior had more to do with his shooting than his athleticism.
     
  • Displayed a fairly impressive floor game and instincts over his last two seasons in the college game spending time playing on and off the ball but showed significant growth as a jump shooter late in his career.  Scored at a strong rate out of ball screen and spot up situations while playing a critical role as the most willing passer on a Nevada team with no shortage of offensive weapons.  Struck an impressive balance between setting the table for others and looking for his own shot this season.

Defensive Analysis

  • Very solid defender with nice toughness.  Shows good instincts in the passing lanes and does some little things stunting and recovering with a sense of urgency off the ball.  Good rebounder for a wing.  Has room to get stronger.
     
  • Allowed 0.762 points per Isolation possession[52nd percentile] displaying good intensity and solid feet defending opposing guards.
Zach
Norvell
Position: SG
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 206 lbs
School/Club: Gonzaga
Status: Sophomore
Birthday: 12/09/1997

About Zach Norvell, Jr.

Zach Norvell, Jr. is a left-handed wing who excels offensively using a quick release primarily as a catch and shoot outside threat.  He can get to the rim using a quick first step and creative angles to get shot over and around defenders.  He found himself on Pre-Season watchlists for both the Julius Erving and John R. Wooden awards.  Runs the court particularly well in transition.  As a secondary playmaker, he looks comfortable in the pick and roll as a ball handler.   

Norvell was ranked 76th on the ESPN 100 list out of Simeon Career Academy in Chicago as a high school senior.  He was a McDonald’s All-American game invitee, but did not make the final roster.  He played AAU for the Mac Irvin Fire, once scoring 53 points in a game in Las Vegas during 2015.  Norvell’s father played collegiately at New Mexico State and Northeastern Illinois, and is currently a high school coach.

Defensive Analysis

  • Moves well defensively
  • Described by opponents as having “disruptive length” and being a “determined defender”, he excelled in Gonzaga’s pressure man to man defense, often finding himself guarding the opponents best offensive wing player.

Career Highlights

  • WCC Newcomer of the Year (2018).
  • WCC All-Freshman Team (2018).
  • Averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists with a 37.1 3PT% and 83.6 FT% for his career.

2018-19

  • In his redshirt-sophomore season he averaged 14.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
  • First Team All-WCC.
  • Shot 37% from distance on 262 attempts.
  • Ranked in Top 100 nationally in offensive rating (121.5, 95th) and Top 50 in FT% (.867, 48th).

Strengths

  • Quick release on jumpers; prefers catch & shoot looks, even in transition.
  • Gets to the rim well using combination of quick first step and long strides.
  • High motor in transition and active rebounder.
  • Limits turnovers on offense, despite average ball handling abilities.

Personal

  • McDonald’s All-American game nominee out of high school.
  • He missed his first season recovering from leg surgery and received a redshirt year.

-- Profile by Carl Berman of NetScouts Basketball 

Tacko
Fall
Position: C
Height/Weight: 7-5 / 288 lbs
School/Club: UCF
Status: Senior
Birthday: 12/10/1995

About Tacko Fall

Tacko Fall is one of the tallest people in the world.  He profiles as a traditional, back to the basket center who changes the game on defense, while adding a matchup problem on the offensive interior.  He excelled in rim protection in UCF’s zone defense, anchoring one of the best interior defenses in the country over the last three seasons.  He makes up for lack of quickness with length and intelligent positioning.  He has exceptional hands when receiving passes and runs the court very well for his size.  He uses his strength and size to get position offensively effectively.  UCF finished in the top 20 in Defensive Effective FG% and Defensive 2P FG% each of his last three seasons. 

He’s is an easy target for lobs around the rim, as he finishes them with ease when he has inside position.

  • Fall measured 7 feet, 7 inches tall with shoes, with and 8 feet, 2.25 inch wingspan and 10 foot, 2.5 inch standing reach at the 2019 NBA Combine, all of which are combine records.  He weighed in at 289 pounds, down more than 20 pounds from his senior season.
  • Trained with NBA Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon.

Defensive Analysis

  • Fall plays exclusively in drop coverage in against ball screens. 
  • Uses length to make up for footspeed on closeouts.

Career Highlights

  • Third Team All – AAC (2019).
  • AAC Defensive Player of the Year (2017).
  • UCF career leader in blocks; 3rd in rebounds and 18th in scoring.
  • NCAA D1 record holder for career Field Goal Percentage (74.0).

2018-19

  • In his senior season he averaged 11.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 2.6 blocked shots
  • Led D1 in EFG% .
  • 9th in the nation in blocked shots per game; 14th in Block %.
  • Led Central Florida to first ever NCAA tournament victory in 2019.

Strengths

  • Takes advantage of exceptional length on offensive end.
  • Above average finisher, leading nation in dunks as a sophomore.
  • Draws double teams in the paint and draws fouls at an exceptional rate.
  • Intelligent defensively, using positioning to outplay quicker opponents.

Personal

  • Named AAC Weekly Academic Honor Roll five times during his collegiate career.
  • Studied engineering at Central Florida and aspires to be an electrical engineer.

-- Profile by Carl Berman of NetScouts Basketball 

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