Theo Maledon, 6-3, Point Guard, INSEP, 2001
-Nice size and frame for a point guard prospect, especially considering he's still 15 years old. 6' 3 with a 6' 7.5 wingspan.
-Smooth athlete. Not freaky but fluid and coordinated.
-Taking on a fairly big role as the lead guard of CFBB at a young age, speaking to the level of confidence they have in him.
-Shows quite a bit of potential as a perimeter shooter. Needs time and space but shoots a soft ball with great rotation 37.5% from three in Kaunas (16 attempts). Will turn into a weapon for him in time.
-Soft touch on floaters, some of the off foot variety.
-Has vision when he's playing with confidence. Can move it ahead in transition. Good in drive and dish situations. Has some pick and roll feel can hit the weakside shooter circling up. 7.7 assists per 40 minutes.
-Plus defender when he digs in. Good feet, can sit down in a stance, long arms disrupt his opponent. Has quite a bit of potential on that end due to his tools.
-Comes from a basketball family. Has been playing since age three with both of his parents and all siblings playing. INSEP seems very invested in his development.
-Smooth, not freaky athlete. Plays mostly below the rim in traffic. Doesn't get to the free throw line at a high rate.
-Really struggles to lead. Self-proclaimed shy kid who's making an effort to be more of a floor general. Total confidence player. Tends to get down on himself easily. When things go badly they snowball at times.
-Very careless turnovers. Doesn't have a ton of poise versus pressure. Makes a lot of head-scratching passes when he's sped up 4.3 turnovers per 40 minutes. Needs to do a better job taking care of the ball.
-Not a very dynamic shooter. Best in spots with time and space. Not going to rise up off the bounce. Mechanics break down a bit when heavily contested.
-Can improve his handle not going to change speeds or directions with force, especially against players two years older than him. Plays at mostly one speed right now.
-Defensive effort comes and goes. Can be too upright in his stance. Nov overly physical or scrappy on that end.
Maledon's combination of versatility and tools make him an NBA prospect at a fairly young age. He's not quite great in one area but can be molded a lot of different ways because he can shoot, has some vision, and has positional size and length. What will go a long way in determining Maledon's long-term potential is how he evolves mentally if he can become a next play type of guy and whether or not he can lead on the floor despite his naturally quiet disposition. Maledon's awareness of his weaknesses is quite refreshing for his age, and it will be interesting to see how he grows from a personality standpoint as he goes from being one of the youngest guys on this INSEP team to one of the oldest, and eventually continues his career in Pro A France.