2020 NBA Draft Profile: Desmond Bane
6’6 | SG | 21.9 | TCU | SR
Desmond Bane is a strong guard with a mature game who provided leadership for a TCU team weathering heavy attrition. A lightly regarded prep prospect who finished his senior year at Seton Catholic High School (IN), Bane nonetheless carved out a role as a true freshman in the Big XII. Emerging as a valuable contributor in his second season under Head Coach Jamie Dixon, Bane broke through to earn All-Big XII 2nd Team honors as a junior before opting to return for his senior year. He averaged 16.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game as a senior doing everything he could for the Horned Frogs to cap his career with a spot on the All-Big XII 1st Team.
- Standing 6’6 with a chiseled 215-pound frame and a 6’4 wingspan length, Bane has decent size for an off guard. He is more strong than he is shifty or explosive, but runs the floor well and plays extremely hard.
- An intelligent offensive player who was thrust into more of a decision-making role as a senior than he played early in his career, Bane showed some growth as a playmaker. Establishing himself as a dangerous set shooter with a great feel for his limitations early in his career, he settled in this season doing much of the same but also creating for others regularly out of the pick and roll as he lead TCU in points and assists per game.
- A scrappy, competitive defender who is energetic on and off the ball, Bane may not be overwhelmingly versatile, but is rock-solid on that end of the floor.
- Playing both on and off the ball for the Horned Frogs, Bane made shots steadily from the perimeter, took what defenses gave him off the dribble, and made the simple play as a passer in his first year operating out of ball screens regularly. A diligent player who finds some easy opportunities sprinting the floor in transition and even crashing the glass, he had an efficient year despite the challenges his role presented.
- Doing much of his damage from the perimeter, Bane has slightly unorthodox shooting mechanics that are nonetheless extremely reliable. Scoring 1.13 points per catch and shoot jump shot in the half court [77th percentile] and 1.07 points per dribble jump shot in the half court [92nd percentile] he shot the ball exceedingly well from beyond the arc in spot up situations, but steadily made shots running off of screens and dribbling off of picks as well. He showed dramatic improvement as a pull-up shooter as a senior making several deep shots off step backs and rhythm dribbles late in the shot clock.
- Moving the ball well as a passer, Bane is an unselfish player who is not overly dynamic as a ball handler but sees the floor well and rarely tries to do too much.
- Scoring 1.01 points per shot around the rim in the half court [33rd percentile], he flashed tremendous touch on his floater and embraced contact, but is more strong than explosive as a slasher.
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- Ranked 1st in the Big XII in off screen scoring (2.9 ppg)
- A powerfully built, active defender who does not take plays off, Bane is not especially long or overly quick, but makes a consistent effort to contain the ball and get over screens. He allowed 0.54 points per one-on-one possession [88th percentile] as he is tough at the point of attack.
- Chipping in on the glass and showing nice anticipation in the passing lanes, Bane has a nose for the ball and is quick to get on the floor. He may not be an obvious candidate to defend multiple positions but is among the most mature defenders in this year’s guard crop.