|Junior||6’6″ 210||Shooting Guard||Yale||21 Yrs. Old|
|17.1 ppg||6.3 rpg||3.6 apg||FG: 44.1%||3 PT: 37.1%|
NBA Comparison: Garrett Temple
Strengths: Shot creation, Size/Length, Athletic ability,
Weaknesses: Lack of competition, Not dominant against lesser competition
It is not a very frequent occurrence for players coming out of the IVY league, which does not offer athletic scholarships, come into the draft with as much hype as Oni currently is receiving. It makes for an even more interesting story when you take into account that at one point he was committed to play basketball at the D-III level. Offensively he is one of the most pro ready prospects in the draft with the ability to hit shots in a multitude of different ways. Being able to create his own shot, and come off screens will be something that he can do from day one on the pro level. In addition to being able to knock down jump shots, he has a quick enough first step to get by a defender attack the basket. Athletically he is an above average jumper, as well as being agile and fast in the open court. With the increased speed of the game in the NBA compared to college and especially a mid major conference, Oni should fit right in with his athleticism and shot making ability. Defensively with his length and good size for a shooting guard, he has the tools that with some grooming should allow him to be a solid defender at the next level. He is a good rebounder of the ball from the wing, averaging over 6 per game in all 3 seasons at Yale and the junior likes to take it coast to coast after pulling down a board.
On paper this all sounds great, he has good size and athleticism, to go with an NBA level skill set from the wing. The main concern would be that he did not completely dominate in conference this season against much lesser opponents. If you were to put a Ja Morant, Zion Williamson, or RJ Barrett into the IVY league they would have put up monster numbers which is something preventing him from being considered one of the top prospects in the draft. For context, he did struggle at times against the bigger schools which you could say is a sign he will struggle as as pro, or that the defenses are going to scheme to stop him first and foremost where that would not always be the case on a roster with McDonald’s All Americans. Against Duke Oni scored 12 points, to go with 9 rebounds and 5 assists and against LSU in the NCAA tournament he went 2-16 from the field finishing with 5 points. He did have some solid games against better competition, scoring 29 points against Miami as a junior and 18 points against TCU as a sophomore.
With that said, his skill set lines up perfectly with the NBA game, and the usual things that prevent a mid major prospect from success like a lack of athleticism, or size are not an issue with Oni. There is room to grow in his game and become a more efficient shooter, but there is no reason to assume he would not improve when dedicated solely into the game, rather than also having IVY league level classes to handle.
This play shows his athleticism:
MIYE ONI SLAM TO CUT IT TO 6!! pic.twitter.com/WtObvtOOw2— Basketball Society (@BBallSociety_) March 21, 2019
This clip gives you an idea of his outside shooting ability:
Oni is projected to go in the late first to mid second round range. With all of the positives mentioned before, it is very possible that a team with a late first round pick feels as though his value is worth the selection, but given the lack of tape against major competition, there is no guarantee that will happen. His ceiling as a professional is a starter level shooting guard, possibly coming off of the bench, although he could be asked to slide over and play the three if the situation calls for it. The worst case scenario is Oni becomes a back up coming off of the bench, who can give you an offensive spark but also play some solid defense.