WEIGHT: 185 POUNDS
AGE: 20 YEARS OLD
POSITION: SHOOTING GUARD
2015-2016 STATISTICS: 14.7PTS, 5.1REB, 3.9AST
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: MIDDLE OF SECOND ROUND/RISING UP DRAFT BOARDS
NBA DRAFT COMPARISON: JAMES JONES
PLAYER SUMMARY: Patrick McCaw is a player who has flown under the radar the past 2 seasons at UNLV. A lot of that has to do with the turmoil the program faced this past season when Head Coach Dave Rice was fired. Another reason is McCaw played together with a potential first round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft in Stephen Zimmerman.
The 2016 NBA Draft should put UNLV in a positive light as both Zimmerman and McCaw will be drafted. We were pleasantly surprised with the sophomore shooting guard when watching him play. UNLV is on the west coast so they play late at night, however we have watched plenty of game film on him and like what we have seen.
McCaw currently has a lanky frame and it looks like he will be able to add weight and strength. He is a very good overall athlete, although we wouldn’t consider him an elite one. He impressed us with his ability to knock down the 3-point shot, which he shoots 60% of the time. He shows nice form on his jump-shot and he is able to repeat his mechanics, which is important. We would have liked to see him use his mid-range game and driving ability more as he relies on the 3-point shot more than we have liked him to.
Besides his 3-point ability his overall offensive game needs refinement. It will be important for him to get in the gym and work on other areas of his offensive game before the Draft combine and individual workouts occur. NBA general managers and scouts will be looking for these attributes. The 6’7″ shooting guard is excellent in the open court. We have seen glimpses of McCaw beat his opposing defender off the dribble and get to the basket. We think he needed to do that more often as he has shown the ability to do it.
He is a below average ball-handler, which must improve for when he gets to the NBA. NBA shooting guards must be able to be at the very least average ball-handlers. The reason for this is players who can handle the ball can create their own shot. A lot of the time McCaw needs to receive a pass in order to get his shot off. Elite shooting guards can create their own shot because they can handle the ball. Ball-handling is a skill that can be improved through hard-work and repetition.
The Saint Louis, Missouri native is a good passer. He uses his height and length to see over opposing defenders and is a solid defender who in time can be a very good one. We really like the potential of Patrick McCaw. He will not be a player who comes into the NBA and make an immediate impact. He is more of a project who eventually can develop into a solid role player in the NBA. We would term him as a “3 and D player” This means he can be an asset to an NBA team with his ability to make the 3-point shot and play good defense. We project him to be a 2nd round pick who will make the roster of the NBA team who drafts him.
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