|Soph.||6’8″ 203||Small Forward||Syracuse||DOB: 6/20/98|
|12.4 ppg||7.5 rpg||1.8 apg||FG: 39.3%||3PT: 27%|
Vertical Leap: 37.5″
Strengths: Size, Speed/Quickness, Athleticism, Rebounding
Weaknesses: Outside Shooting, Efficiency, Drop in production
Brissett did not come to Syracuse as a highly rated recruit, but he was obviously overlooked as he averaged 14.9 points per game in his freshman season. He has good size at 6’8″ with guard skills and can play either position on the wing with his 7’0″ wingspan giving him the physical measurements the NBA teams look for coming out of college. His top end speed is solid for his size with Brissett getting up and down the floor very well. A quick first step and good lateral quickness allow him to get by defenders off of the dribble, and he was impressive attacking the basket. Brissett has a strong ability to read a defense and use angles to get to the basket in a position where he can finish. Shot creation as a whole is something that he does well, but he preferred to create a shot off of the dribble or pull up from inside of the three point line, with the overwhelming majority of his three point attempts being assisted. He has NBA athleticism and will have no problem dealing with the speed and pace of the professional game. At the NBA combine his 37.5″ was solid, and his jumping ability has not only led to dunks but also allowed him to block shots, especially on the break from behind the play. He rebounded well in his two seasons averaging 8.8 per game as a freshman and then 7.5 as a sophomore. It is always tough for teams to determine a players defensive potential when they play in a zone scheme at college, but Brissett has the physical tools and athleticism to be an above average defender as a professional.
His outside shooting has been suspect through his two seasons, where he averaged 33.1% on three point attempts as a freshman, and 27% in his sophomore year. These numbers are not with a high level of usage with Brissett never averaging more than 5 three point attempts per game in either season, but the percentages are a concern. The ball looks good coming off of his hand and mechanically his shot is solid, however his 66% free throw shooting as a sophomore adds to the concerns, and this is the biggest area of his game that will need improvement going forward. Brissett saw not only a drop in minutes but also a drop in production from his freshman to his sophomore seasons. This decline statistically could be a concern to some teams, but it should be taken into account that Brissett played a ridiculous 38.1 minutes per game as a freshman which was not likely to continue in his second year. The drop in numbers is expected with less minutes on the floor, but the fact that his efficiency did not improve will be an issue for some teams. He shot 27.7% on two point jump shots in his second season, to go with averaging two turnovers per game showing some bad decisions making with the ball in his hands. Brissett was invited to the G League elite camp and played well enough to earn an invite to the NBA combine, where he showed that he could compete against his fellow draft hopefuls. In the first scrimmage he scored 7 points and 5 rebounds on 3 of 10 shooting from the field, and then on day 2 he played much better scoring 13 points and 5 rebounds going 4 for 7 from the field. He played solid defense over the course of the two days and despite the down shooting game in the first scrimmage, he had a positive combine that more than likely helped his draft stock.
This play was one of many dunks Brissett threw down at Syracuse:
Here is an example of his ability to block shots:
Brissett is projected to go late in the second round with the possibility of him being undrafted. His ceiling as a professional is a role player on the wing bringing a high level of scoring ability and perimeter defense while receiving significant minutes. The worst case scenario for Brissett is that he is unable to shoot the ball efficiently enough to earn minutes at the NBA level leading him to play most of his career overseas or in the G league.