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Daquan Jeffries Draft Profile

Breaking down the NBA potential of Daquan Jeffries

Senior 6’5″ 215 Small Foward Tulsa DOB: 8/30/97
13 ppg 5.6 rpg 1.8 apg FG: 50.2% 3PT: 36.6%

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Recruiting Profile

Wingspan: 6’11.25″

NBA Comparison: Rodney Mcgruder/Jonathon Simmons

Strengths: Athleticism, Length, Defense, 

Weaknesses: Shot Creation, Limited Offensive Usage, Size, 

Jeffries started his college career at Oral Roberts before heading to Western Texas Community College, where he averaged 15.5 points and 7.8 rebounds. He elected to attend Tulsa University becoming a big part of their team and being a solid two way player averaging 13 points and 5.6 rebounds per game as a senior. He was selected to compete in the G League Elite Camp which is effectively the combine for players not selected to the NBA combine, and he played well enough to eventually earn an invite to the NBA combine. His play at the NBA combine was solid, and many teams are intrigued with his potential on the wing after seeing him go up against other draft hopefuls in the 5 on 5 scrimmages. Jeffries only played in the first day of scrimmages, scoring 9 points on 4 of 5 shooting from the field, and adding 3 rebounds in just under 15 minutes of action. He can create a shot off of the dribble, and he has shown the ability to knock down outside shots, which will be key going forward. The athleticism he brings to the table is the first thing that most people will notice when watching the senior, and he should have no problem fitting in on the professional level as an athlete with a solid vertical. In the open court on fast break situations he can be effective, whether it is sliding out to hit a jump shot or leading the break and finishing at the rim. His offensive game around the basket is crafty with the ability to finish against taller players, and he has a high level of basketball intelligence when it comes to back door cuts or other ways that involve reading a defense. Having a wingspan of almost 7 ft. is definitely a positive and it should allow him to not only play bigger than his listed height when coupled with his athleticism, but it also will help him disrupt as a defender on the perimeter.  

His size at just 6’5″ is a concern when you consider the amount of work he does close to the basket, but with Jeffries slated to play more on the wing at the next level he has shown that he is capable of playing as a small forward who can also score inside. With that said he will have to deal with much bigger players on the next level when driving to the basket and finishing at the rim, and there will  be an adjustment. His defensive potential is one of the most intriguing aspects of his game and he has the tools to be a high level defender as a pro. He averaged over a block and a steal per game but the numbers do not tell the entire story where Jeffries has impacted the game at the college level on the defensive side of the floor with the ability to guard multiple positions. This skill could put him in a “3 and D” type of role at the next level, and he could be an impact player in that role with his all around game. With most players coming out of the AAC there will be some question marks regarding how they will compete once they are on the floor with NBA talent, however this concern is only increased when you consider that Jeffries spent time at Oral Roberts, then a JUCO before heading to Tulsa. There will no doubt be an adjustment period once the talent level increases around him, and how he is able to handle this will play a large factor into whether he receives a chance to stick to in the league, or whether he takes advantage of the opportunity once given. Another issue that some teams will have with Jeffries is the fact that he was not used heavily in the Tulsa offense averaging less than nine field goal attempts per game. While much of his NBA potential is based on his defensive abilities, it is tough to gauge how his offensive game would translate with higher usage. He needs to improve pulling up off of the dribble for jump shots, but he has shown that he can do so, there will just need to be a push by the coaching staff to help him become more comfortable creating jump shots. 

Here is a nice back door cut that leads to an easy finish at the basket:

This play gives you an example of his ability to pull up for a floater:

Jeffries is projected to be a late second round pick or to go undrafted, but there are many analysts that believe he helped himself in the pre-draft process enough to be selected. His ceiling as a professional is a solid role player, possibly coming off of the bench, bringing dynamic play making and defense. The worst case scenario for Jeffries, providing he gets a chance to stick in the league, is that he is unable to score at an effective enough level to earn minutes at the NBA level causing him to play in the G League or overseas. 

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