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Isaiah Reese Draft Profile

Breaking down the NBA potential of Isaiah Reese

Junior 6’3″ 183 PG/SG Cansius DOB: 12/13/96
11.8 ppg 5.9 rpg 4.4 apg FG: 38.4% 3PT: 30.4%

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High School Recruiting Profile

Wingspan: 6’4.75″

Vertical Leap: 35″

NBA Comparison: Devin Harris/Cory Joseph

Strengths: Shot Creation, Speed, Quickness, Passing

Weaknesses: Suspension, Outside Shooting, Turnovers, Shot Selection

Reese declared for the draft after being suspended from the team late in the season, and his status with the school in limbo. On the court he showed great promise during the season entering the year as the preseason player of the year in the conference. He averaged 16.9 points as a sophomore putting him on the NBA radar after spending more time as the primary ball handler. His ability to play both guard positions makes him more intriguing as a prospect going forward, especially considering his size. Reese is a natural scorer being able to create a shot off of the dribble and come off of screens or be set up by a teammate, with his statistics in those areas being about equal in their usage. Shot creation is the strongest part of his offensive game, and it is an aspect of his skill set that should translate well to the professional level. He is a strong passer who has been improving over the past two seasons, averaging 4.7 assists per game as a sophomore and 4.4 as a junior after 2.9 in his freshman season. Driving to the basket is something that he has shown he can do, but teams would have liked to see him do so more often getting opportunities at the free throw line. His mid range jump shot was effective in college and he can use crossovers, step backs and more to be able to get those shots off. Reese has solid speed and quickness making him a strong fast break player being able to lead the break and score or set up a teammate, but he can also get by defenders in the half court. He rebounded well for a guard his size, averaging 5.9 per game this past season which can help him earn minutes at the next level. 

His outside shooting needs work, shooting three point shots at 35.9% as a freshman, and 30.4% in his sophomore season. If he wants to have a chance at sticking as a professional he will need to be a more consistent three point shooter going forward. When he shot is going he is a deadly scorer, it will just need to occur more often for him to reach the full potential his game can reach. He struggled shooting in general and not just from behind the three point line, averaging 38.4% as a junior from the field. His shooting numbers will be a concern for some teams but his motion and mechanics are solid which will give some teams the belief he can improve in this area. He shot the ball below 70% from the free throw line in his junior season, which is another concern relating to his shooting analytics. His measurements at the PBC combine for players that were not invited to the NBA combine, coming in at 6’3″ and just over 180 pounds which was less than his listed 6’5″ in college, will give pause to some teams. His wingspan and vertical as well were not great by professional standards, but his ability to play both guard positions will help teams overlook these numbers. The off the court issues will also be a concern to teams, and they will be sure to get all of the information possible regarding what occurred in that situation, but it will not help his draft stock. As much as he has improved in the passing game and being the lead ball handler, turnovers have be an issue at times where Reese made some bad decisions with the play. Ultimately he is a combo guard that can score and pass the ball effectively, and as long as his shot improves there will be a team that likes his potential whether it is being drafted or getting picked up as an undrafted free agent.  

Here was a deep three pointer that he knocked down:

These plays give you an idea of his offensive capabilities: 

Reese is projected to go undrafted, and it is unlikely that he hears his name selected in the draft although a late second round pick is a possibility if a team doesn’t feel confident in waiting to pick him up as an undrafted free agent. His ceiling as a professional is a role player coming off of the bench providing solid scoring spurts and play making abilities while receiving significant minutes. The worst case scenario for Reese is that he is not able to shoot the ball efficiently enough to earn minutes at the NBA level causing him to spend his professional career overseas or in the G League.  

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