Game Scouted: Winston-Salem State vs Virginia State (CIAA Game)
WSSU wins 61-58
WyKevin Bazemore (F, 6’4″, SR)
34 min, 3-5 FG, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 6 TP
One of the best motors I have seen in a player this year in college basketball. Bazemore plays harder than anyone on the floor. He attacks the offensive glass relentlessly, he dives on the floor for loose balls, and he defends. A good mix of athleticism, length, and motor help him on the defensive end, where he can guard up to 3 positions. Does a great job of closing out with a high hand and also takes away driving lanes. Is routinely asked to guard players much taller and he does more than hold his own. For the season, he is averaging over a steal and a block a game- is a playmaker on this end. Terrific rebounder on both ends- makes contact w/ opponent and chases the ball with 2 hands. Rebounds outside of his area.
Showcased the capability to score from the mid-post area w/ some solid footwork and head fakes. Efficient player who can score around the basket. Aggressive slasher.
Has a high basketball IQ and is unselfish. Had a couple of nice assists tonights in critical times that lead to lay-ups for teammates.
Needs to improve ball handling, particularly his left hand and the ability to attack left. Jump shot has improved but needs to continue to get better. Needs to increase range out to the 3. Is a tweener for size and needs to be able to play from the 3 pt and in, shooting 3’s and attacking the basket from the perimeter. He is strong but would be best suited to add some more muscle weight especially since he is an inside player at this stage.
Down game statistically for Bazemore, as he entered the game averaging a double-double, but you could tell what he can do. Bazemore plays his tail off on both ends and makes winning plays. He is the type of player that every coach wants to have on his team. Good teammate and is unselfish, sometimes to a fault. Terrific rebounder and defender, who needs to continue to improve his offensive skill set. Is in excellent shape (played entire 2nd half)- capable of playing hard with no dropoffs. A player with Bazemore motor is going to be able to find success at the next level. His longevity ultimately depends if he is going to be able to make the jump from a primarily inside threat to more a perimeter swingman.
James Blackburn has scouted all levels of basketball, including high school, college and the pros, as well as international competitions such as the FIBA World Cup. Want more scouting notes from James? Follow him on Twitter @jamesjunior21, right now!