BRANDON McCOY 2018 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 250 POUNDS
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: MID FIRST ROUND (RAPIDLY RISING/ HAVING A GREAT FRESHMAN CAMPAIGN/ TRUE CENTER)
Halfway through February of his freshman season at UNLV, Brandon McCoy indicated that the 2018 NBA Draft was one of the last things he was focused on. But given the fact that he’s got the size (7’0 and 250lbs), body, strength, and production (17.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game), it’s not hard to see why he’s on the mind of NBA scouts.
McCoy is actually on pace to break the freshman records for points and rebounds per game in the Mountain West Conference, which were set by former UNLV player Anthony Bennett; Bennett just happened to be the #1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The former McDonald’s All-American has been the centerpiece of head coach Marvin Menzies’ turnaround of the Rebels’, as the team went from losing 20 games last year to being on the cusp of winning 20 games this year.
But the question that will also stay on the mind of scouts as they evaluate McCoy will be around what his place is in today’s NBA, given his skillset. Specifically, McCoy looks the part of your typical in-the-paint big man that teams would’ve salivated for about two decades ago. If his game reminds you a little bit of that of Dwight Howard, you wouldn’t be alone.
He’s not going to blow you away with his jump shot, even though he exhibits the ability to make shots as far as out the free-throw line. Rather, he’s a deft and polished scorer in the post, showing a soft touch, nifty footwork, and deceptive quickness around the basket. If you throw the ball in to him, good things are going to happen more often than not.
But with the pace-and-space style of basketball currently thriving in the NBA, where does your typical big man like McCoy fit?
The answer that McCoy is going to have to provide will likely emanate from his defensive potential. NBA teams today look for a team that can provide rim protection on defense. So far, that actually might be the weakest part of McCoy’s game. Over the first half of the season, McCoy was enough of a defensive liability that he lost time to backup big man Mbacke Diong in critical situations. To McCoy’s credit, he’s improved on that side of the court, but he’s going to have to continue to do so if he wants to garner real first-round consideration.
When McCoy wants, he can be a defensive difference maker. The problem is whether he’ll be as locked in defensively as he is on offense, or when he’s rebounding the ball.
The bottom line is: McCoy is a prototype big man for the NBA, with the tools, length, and athleticism that would allow him to be successful as a pro. As mentioned, his offensive game is much more advanced than his defensive game, which could work to his detriment in the eyes of scouts. That being said, because of his physical tools, McCoy has the potential to develop on the defensive side as well.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF BRANDON McCOY
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