O'Shae Brissett, Canada, PF/SF, Class of 2017, Syracuse, 19.2 Strengths
-Nice physical profile for a combo forward prospect at 6'8 with a 6'11 wingspan. 8' 9 standing reach will help him play some four although his skinny 200-pound frame could use some work.
-Fluid athlete. Moves well. A factor as a lane-filler in transition. Bouncy in space. Tip dunk threat on the offensive glass.
-Capable straight line driver. Mixes in right to left spin moves, usually when defended by fours.
-Very streaky but can make a spot up three. Gets rotation when on balance. Will create space with step backs in mid-range spots with slower defenders checking him.
-Covers ground defensively. Has the feet to check wings and the lengths to guard small-ball fours if he's able to fill out and play a little tougher. Does a solid job sliding and contesting on the perimeter. Active off the ball - 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks per 40 minutes (53 games).
-Plays pretty hard more often than not. Will stick his nose in on the glass. 10.5 rebounds per 40 minutes.
-NBA teams are always looking for players in his mold - 6'8 + combo forward types who can guard multiple positions, get up and down in transition and shoot it a little bit off the catchWeaknesses
-Hasn't developed all that much physically. Needs to play at bigger than 200 pounds to be able to slide up to the four at the NBA level, which is really where his value is in bench units. Plays fairly hard, but isn't all that tough or physical.
-Still a very streaky shooter. Needs to operate more in the 35% range to improve his chances at sticking in the NBA. Confidence comes and goes in spot up situations.
-Doesn't have the skill set of a traditional wing. High handle. All straight line. Not a guy who's going to operate out of ball screens.
-Feel for the game is a bit limited. Wild going to the rim. Not a comfortable passer on the move. Will jack up contested step backs early in the clock. Just doesn't think the game at a very high level. Career 1.4 assists per 40 minutes.
-Reaches on the perimeter. Defensive discipline can improve.
-Argues with refs. Can play with a more professional, composed demeanor.
-Has tools and a theoretical skill set, but what does he do at the highest levels?Outlook
From a tools and fit perspective, Brissett was one of the more projectable NBA prospects to compete in the 2017 BIoSteel game. Combo forwards in his mold are in demand in today's NBA, and Brissett's ability to defend multiple positions and potentially make a spot three at 6'8 certainly make him intriguing. With that said, he hasn't improved all that much since we evaluated him during 2016 BioSteel week, as he's still an erratic shooter and decision maker, and hasn't gotten much stronger. Brissett will remain an NBA prospect because of his aforementioned attributes, but he'll have to show progression skill wise and physically to really get serious consideration sooner than later.
#3) O'Shae Brissett, 6'9, SF/PF, 18.0 years old, Canada
16.4 PTS, 7.8 REB, 1.0 AST, 2.4 STL, .6 BLK, 4-16 3P%, 32-48 FT%, 41.1 FG%
O'Shae Brissett finished second in scoring and first in rebounds for a Canadian team that took home the silver medal, and pushed the United States to the brink in the gold medal game. Brissett was effective throughout the tournament and was unfortunately hampered by foul trouble in the championship game, where he was still impressive in his 23 minutes of action.
Brissett has excellent size and athletic ability for a forward, and is at his best filling the wings in transition and attacking the rim on physical drives. Brissett attacks the basket looking for contact, and he led the tournament in free throws attempted at 48, (in five games) 14 more than Nicolas Aguirre of Chile who finished in second.
Brissett impressed in the open court, but his skill-level in the half court is still somewhat limited. He'll need to improve his perimeter game and ball handling abilities, but he is a force on the offensive glass, often seeking tip dunks and follow up finishes. He has some solid instincts on the defensive end, and has real upside on that end of the floor given his length and athletic ability. Brissett is heading into his senior season at Findlay Prep, where he will have another full season against advanced competition. He has some promising physical tools, and a developing skill set that he will need to continue to develop in order to be a factor at the next level.
O'Shae Brissett, 6-6, PF/SF, Pickering Ontario, 2017 High School Class
Brissett had a fairly quiet tournament from a production standpoint, in large part due to the role he played 18 minutes a game (at mostly the four and five) in more of an energy role.
Despite his somewhat limited level of responsibility, however, the bouncy forward still found ways to impact the game on both ends of the floor, while showing his talent level and high ceiling.
After all, it's hard to miss on O'Shae's upside after watching him get up and down the floor a few times. At 6' 6 with a 7' wingspan, thin legs and a solid frame, he has the physical tools, fluidity and athleticism of a wing prospect. He plays above the rim with ease, moves well laterally, and can attack in a straight line from the perimeter.
Brissett did most of his damage in transition, filling the lanes with energy and even hammering home a pair of dunks in the process. In the half court, the forward is still a bit raw offensively. He doesn't have the most natural basketball instincts and can tend to look like an athlete playing basketball rather than a true basketball player.
But with that said, the foundational skill set is there for Brissett. He shows really nice touch and fundamentals on his perimeter jumper (he knocked down at least three mid-range jumpers during the tournament), has the fluidity to put it on the deck and get to the rim, and can finish effectively thanks to his length and explosiveness.
Brissett's offensive skill set isn't completely developed at this stage, but he has the tools to become more of a wing player in time (or a face-up four if he's able to grow a couple of inches).
On the defensive end Brissett is still a work in progress both from a reaction time and fundamental standpoint. He can move and cover ground but his natural instincts, ability to play without fouling and pick and roll defense still have quite a bit of room for growth.
On the bright side, Brissettt plays with impressive energy and toughness despite weighing about 190 pounds with very little mass on his lower body. Although he's not one to move bodies with a box out, Brissett isn't afraid to mix it up and attack the ball at its peak on the glass. He does a nice job crashing the offensive glass as well, using his length and leaping ability to keep plays alive.
Brissett is a bit caught between positions both skill-development and height/strength wise, but his blend of physical tools and potential as a floor spacer make him a very interesting prospect to track moving forward.