|Senior||6’8″ 200||Small Forward||Belmont||23 Yrs. Old|
|21.3 ppg||10.8 rpg||2.5 apg||FG: 54%||3 PT: 42.9%|
Strengths: Outside shooting, Shot creation, Size/Length, Rebounding
Weaknesses: Lack of competition, Strength
After relatively quiet freshman and sophomore years, Windler averaged 17.3, and 21.3 points per game in his junior and season seasons. A dead eye shooter, he can create a shot off of the dribble or come off a screen, doing both at a high level. His jumpshot has good mechanics, and a quick release, which should help him get his shot off at the next level. As a senior he shot 42.9% on 7 three point attempts per game, and at 6’8″ with good length and guard skills, the seniors game is a perfect fit for the modern professional game. He is not just a shooter, being able to attack the basket in college, although it is not certain that can be a big part of his game should he stick in the league. Each season Windler improved as a rebounder, averaging 9.3 as a junior, and 10.8 as a senior, something that scouts are intrigued with. He is an above average passer from the wing, being able to drive to the basket and find the open teammate, which again falls right in line with the modern game.
The lack of film against top tier teams will make it more difficult to decipher his pro potential, but he did play some big name programs in his college career. As a junior he scored 18 against Washington, 17 against Providence, 17 against TCU, and 24 against Vanderbilt. Then as a senior he struggled against UCLA scoring 12 points on 4-14 shooting from the field, but he redeemed himself with 35 points and 11 against Maryland in NCAA tournament. While the OVC does not offer the best of competition, it is not one of the worst either, and his game against Maryland shows that he has the potential to play at the next level. Windler needs to add strength at only 200 pounds, and although his athleticism doesn’t jump off of the page, he is not a bad athlete. Due to the fact he will be spending the majority of his time offensively on the wing shooting jumpers, it should not be viewed as a major concern that he needs to get add some strength. There will definitely be a learning curve on the defensive end against the increased talent level in the pro game, but there is hope Windler can be a serviceable defender with his size and length.
This play shows his quick release and the ability to hit a deep three pointer:
This clip is a crafty backdoor cut leading to a dunk:
Windler is currently projected to go in the late first round, to the middle of the second round. There is a lot to like with his offensive game, which should entice a team to consider him somewhere before the 40’s, but coming out of a mid major conference makes his evaluation tricky. His ceiling is a starter level wing, getting significant minutes and putting up solid numbers offensively. The floor for Windler as a professional is a back up who can come off of the bench and give you a spark with his shot making ability but it’s possible he ends up overseas after a few years in the league.