2020 NBA Draft Profile: Tyrese Haliburton
6’5 | PG | 20.2 | Iowa State | SO
Tyrese Haliburton is a unique point guard prospect whose elite size, decision-making ability, and defensive potential stood out during his two seasons at Iowa State. A late bloomer who had few major offers until the summer before his senior year at Oshkosh North High School (WI), Haliburton earned state player of the year honors before emerging as an unexpected starter for a talented Cyclones team whose other four starters all subsequently went pro. Though he averaged 6.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game, the way he impacted games raised his profile high enough to warrant a spot on the United States team that won gold at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Championship. Stepping back into a far different role as a sophomore under Head Coach Steve Prohm than the one he filled as a freshman, Haliburton averaged 15.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game as a sophomore before a nagging wrist injury ended his season in mid-February.
- Standing 6’5 with a lanky frame that is still filling out and a 6’7.5 wingspan, Haliburton has terrific size for a point guard to go along with impressive quickness.
- An intelligent, competitive player, Haliburton had to take on significant scoring responsibilities this season after ranking among the more efficient passers in the country last season. An unselfish, talented distributor who keeps the ball moving, Haliburton is also a capable set shooter, selective slasher, and tremendous finisher in the open court.
- Bringing energy and instincts to the defensive end, Haliburton is pesky in the passing lanes and engaged off the ball. Covering a lot of ground, chipping in on the glass, and making some very heady plays, his ability to get stronger could unlock his defensive potential.
- Serving as his team’s first option and primary shot creator, Haliburton shouldered a heavy offensive burden as a sophomore. Creating nearly four times as many points passing out of the pick and roll as he scored, his deferential nature was apparent at times, but he found other ways to contribute in the scoring column doing a nice job playing to his strengths.
- Doing some of his best work in transition, Haliburton always looks to hit ahead when possible but still scored an impressive 1.39 points per transition possession [93rd percentile] doing a very good job picking and choose his spots in space. Possessing nice speed and the ability to play above the rim, he plays a very opportunistic style.
- In the half court, Haliburton scored almost half of his points on set shots. Scoring 1.49 points per catch and shoot jump shot in the half court [98th percentile], he shoots the ball with unconventional mechanics, but that does not prevent him from making shots consistently with improving range.
- More fluid than dynamic with the ball, Haliburton picks and chooses his spots as a slasher in the half court. Scoring 1.21 points per shot around the rim in the half court [67th percentile], he forces little to the rim. However, his role required him to fire away from the perimeter more regularly this season. He attempted few midrange shots but scored 0.68 points per dribble jump shot in the half court [35th percentile] as improving his ability to create separation and make pull-up jump shots is a point of interesting in his development.
- Becoming a more dangerous scorer off the dribble figures to only make Haliburton a more prolific playmaker out of the pick and roll. A savvy passer who reads the game extremely well and can limit his mistakes like few players in college basketball history when able to focus on facilitating, he has a terrific combination of size and vision.
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- Ranked 1st in the Big XII in points created by passes out of the pick and roll (7.8 ppg)
- Ranked 3rd in the Big XII in transition scoring (3.7 ppg)
- Ranked 5th in the Big XII in spot up scoring (4.7 ppg)
- Possessing good length, nice lateral quickness, and a skinny frame that has filled out some over the last couple years, Haliburton has nice tools for the defensive end. He is a competitive player who stuffs the stat sheet and does a lot of little things helping outside of his responsibilities when his teammates make mistakes, picking up full court, and showing great timing cracking down for blocks.
- Active both with and without the ball, Haliburton allowed 0.50 points per isolation possession [84th percentile] last season doing a nice job applying pressure. His ability to get stronger is a point of interest, but there is a lot to like about what he accomplished on the defensive end over his two seasons at the college level.