|Junior||Shaw||6’5″ 190||PG/SG||22 Yrs. Old|
|29.4 ppg||4.9 rpg||4 apg||FG: 48.8%||3PT: 34%|
Strengths: Creating his own shot, Driving to the basket, Ability to play both guard positions
Weaknesses: Shooting efficiency, Lack of competition
Hinton is a 6’5″ guard from D-II Shaw University who is looking to become the first player to be drafted from the D-II level since 2005. He started his college career at Lock Haven, and was forced to redshirt due to academic issues. After starring for two seasons, Hinton transferred to Shaw University, where Coach Flip Murray helped him improve to his 29.4 points per game this past season. While there are good basketball players across all levels, the level of competition that Hinton has faced is nowhere near the type of players that he will be facing when he goes through the pre-draft process and beyond. His ability to create open shots and get to the rim should translate well against better competition, and he his outside shot is solid although his efficiency from the outside can improve. It is always tough to tell someone’s top end speed before the combine if they are not playing against other elite athletes, which is much of the reason why many teams scouted Hinton during the season to get an up close and personal look. His ability to play both guard positions should bode well for him as he enters the professional ranks with a skill set that includes multiple facets of the game. Leading the ball up the floor and setting up his teammates is something that he has done with regularity, which will allow him to play with smaller guards and share ball handling duties if necessary. Hinton does not rely on three pointers, only taking under 4 per game, but it is something that will be more of a necessity if he is asked to play off the ball at the professional level. These two plays give you an idea of his ability to create a shot and turn defense to offense leading to a fast break score:
An impressive aspect of what Hinton brings to the table is the fact that he gets to the free throw line over 12 times per game. While that number alone is impressive and showcases his ability to get to the basket and create fouls, his 89.4% from the line on the season, is equally as impressive. Again, the competition is not at a high level so that number would theoretically go down, however no one is guarding you at the free throw line, and being nearly a 90% shooter from the stripe gives scouts confidence that Hinton can shoot the ball at a high level. Defensively he can guard multiple positions, and he is averaging 2.4 steals per game showing that the ability is there as a perimeter defender. It will be interesting to see going forward how he stacks up having to defend much better competition, and however that works out as of now, the abilities are there.
We currently do not have Hinton getting drafted in our mock draft. The potential is there, but there is also a reason that no player from a division II school has been drafted since 2005. It is virtually impossible to project how someones game and skill set will transfer to the professional level when they have not been playing the other prospects you are scouting, much like a European prospect who is not playing in a high level league overseas. It is hard enough to figure out someones future NBA impact when you have one or more seasons of tape against teams in the ACC, just imagine evaluating and scouting his games against teams such as Blufield State or Claflin. Considering that all 30 NBA teams have attended Hinton’s game, there is definitely serious interest in drafting him, and it would not be a shock to see his name called on draft day. The likelihood of being drafted from a D II school is very low, but Hinton has a real shot at making that dream a reality. If he can truly play the point guard position against the best competition that the game has to offer, the size and skill set is there to potentially play in the league, no matter what college you played for.