|Senior||6’6″ 241||Small Forward||Tennessee||22 Yrs. Old|
|16.5 ppg||6.5 rpg||2.0 apg||FG: 47.4%||3 PT: 41.8%|
Strengths: Rebounding, Driving to the basket, Athleticism, Strength
Weaknesses: Size, Quickness
Schofield along with Grant Williams and Jordan Bone, led Tennessee back to the level they previously had reached under Bruce Pearl. While they did not make a final four, they advanced to the elite eight, which for a school that is considered to be a “football school”, it shows just how big of an impact they had on the basketball brand in Knoxville. He brings a blend of athleticism and strength at 241 pounds after an off season body transformation that helped improve his all around game. He might be asked to slim down even further, but being able to use his strength around the basket and finish through contact is a strong part of his game. Attacking the basket by beating a defender off of the dribble is something that he is capable of doing, allowing him to finish through contact or throw down a dunk. As a shooter he has drastically improved since he stepped on campus, after he shot 30.1% on three point attempts as a freshman to the 41.8% as a senior. His outside shooting ability and the improvement in his shot over his 4 years, is something that fits perfectly in the modern game, intriguing teams when you couple that with his physical abilities. A strong mid-range shooter as well, he can can come off a screen or pull up when driving to the basket. An unteachable asset that Schofield brings to the table is a passion for the game that drives him to play with a high motor, often just simply getting rebounds or loose balls because he wants it more.
With his strength and being the weight he is, you run the risk of not being able to keep up with quicker wings that are littered throughout the NBA. He may be asked to trim his weight down even more, but you don’t want Schofield to lose the ability to use his strength inside as a positive part of his game. His size at 6’6″ is somewhat of a concern, but if you can play, a team will put you on the floor regardless of your true position fit. One thing that will work in his favor to dispel the belief that his size will be a deterrent at the next level is his wingspan which is 6’10”, and his vertical leap, which will allow him to play much taller than his listed size. A sign of this is the fact that he averaged over 6 rebounds the past two seasons, which would be well above many of his peers at the position. For a player that can beat a defender off of the dribble and finish at the rim, he needs to be more persistent in doing so, only getting to the line 2.3 times as a senior.
Here he is closing out a game in the NCAA tournament:
This play shows off his athleticism and ability to ruin a defenders night:
Schofield is projected as a second round pick, with the most probable landing spot being in the mid to late second round range. With his ability to efficiently knock down jump shots, play inside, and attack the rim, there should be a team picking later in the draft that believes he can be effective NBA player. The ceiling for Schofield would be a solid wing player, possibly in a sixth man role, where he receives significant minutes providing scoring, rebounding and defense. His floor would be that he never is able to deal with the increased size and length in the league, and he can’t find a role suitable to receive minutes leaving him as a non essential bench player or out of the league, possible overseas.