WADE BALDWIN IV
article written by Chris Giannotti
COLLEGE: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
WEIGHT: 195 POUNDS
AGE: 19 YEARS OLD
POSITION: POINT GUARD
2015-2016 STATISTICS: 14.6PTS, 3.7REB 4.6AST
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: 15-20 (Big-Time Advancement Potential)
NBA DRAFT COMPARISON: GILBERT ARENAS
PLAYER SUMMARY: Baldwin IV is a ferocious physical scoring point guard who has been the leader of coach Kevin Stallings Vanderbilt Commodores squad for the past two years. Baldwin was a high school teammate of 2015 overall number one pick Karl-Anthony Towns. The duo led St. Joseph’s of Metuchen to the 2014 NJSIAA Tournament of Champions championship.
Baldwin IV had his season high 25 points in a win against Tennessee in mid-January. Two games later he followed that performance up with 24 points in a win against Florida. However, his most impressive stat-line of the season was a 17 point, 7 rebound 10 assist effort in a win against Auburn.
While he doesn’t possess elite level defensive ability, Baldwin IV will be a more than adequate NBA perimeter defender. His 6’10 wingspan will serve him well in the league. His shooting ability at the point position will truly help his offensive teammates with regards to spacing. This ability could potentially drive opposing coaches fits, especially if he is paired with effective outside shooters. He is unselfish, but does struggle with finishing around the basket. This is definitely his greatest weakness as a player, and one that he must improve upon.
Baldwin IV has solid starter potential in the NBA, which I believe can be accomplished within his third year in the league. I could easily see him having a very productive ten year NBA career. His shooting ability is by far his biggest attribute, but he has not reached his ceiling in the other areas of his game. His best basketball is clearly in front of him. After following his high school career closely, I am very intrigued of what his NBA future holds.
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