2019 NBA Draft Profile: Zach Norvell

06/12/2019 at 09:06pm

Zach Norvell is a dangerous jump shooter with unwavering confidence and some versatility as a shot-maker. A consensus top-115 prospect in the high school class of 2016 out of Simeon Career Academy, Norvell redshirted his freshman year at Gonzaga. Emerging as a key contributor in his second year with the program, the Chicago native was a key cog for Mark Few’s Bulldogs each of the last two seasons. He finished this season averaging 14.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game to earn All-WCC 1st Team honors.

  • Has good size for a shooting guard measured at 6’5.5 in shoes with a solid 206-pound frame at the Draft Combine. 6’6 wingspan is not especially long for his height. Capable athlete with good footwork on the perimeter.

  • Played a significant role serving as the most dangerous jump shooter on a Gonzaga team with no shortage of talent. Had several big games over the course of the season on the nights he ran hot from the perimeter off the ball, but also showed some ability to make reads out of ball screen actions.

Shot Charts

PlayType Analysis

  • Super opportunistic scorer who is never shy rising up from the perimeter. Almost half of his shots in the half court were catch and shoot jumpers and another 19% are pull-ups. Scored 1.157 points per catch and shoot jump shot in the half court [76th percentile] and 0.950 points per pull-up jump shot in the half court [78th percentile]. Extremely confident scorer with deep range and excellent footwork rising up into jumpers in a variety of ways. Excellent floor spacer who is also a threat to make shots off step backs or designed hand offs.

  • Likes to get out and fill lanes in Transition. 27% of his possessions came in the open floor this season which he converted for 0.993 points per Transition possession [43rd percentile] shooting the three fairly well, but not faring quite as well when looking to finish.

  • Not overly shifty or explosive, but takes the ball strong to the rim off the dribble and scored an impressive 1.439 points per shot around the rim in the half court [94th percentile]. Handles contact, has very nice touch on his floater, and does not force a lot of drives doing a very nice job taking what the defense gives him as a slasher. Does the same as a passer showing the ability to make simple reads in the Pick & Roll.

  • Ranked 3rd in the WCC in Transition scoring (3.6 ppg)
  • Ranked 4th in the WCC in Spot Up scoring (4.6 ppg)

Defensive Analysis

  • Feisty on-ball defender with active hands. Makes an effort to chip in on the glass playing with pretty steady energy. Has room to improve guarding away from the play sometimes getting caught watching the ball and taking tough angles to the ball.