The Chicago Bulls continue to bring in prospects at a furious pace. With a week left until the NBA draft, Chicago is trying to get a look at as many players as they can.
As always, comment below if I missed anyone!
Amir Coffey, Minnesota
Chicago had another group of six prospects on Monday and one of them was Minnesota’s Amir Coffey. The 6’8 guard was one of Richard Pitino’s best players last year, averaging 16.6 points and 3.2 assists aided by an AST% of 19.8. At his size he will likely move from one of the guard spots to likely a four or even a small-ball center. Coffey showed at UM he is a scorer, using his long frame to finish over defenders in the paint. Coffey was average in his offensive efficiency, registering a TS% of 55 He also displayed some skills as a playmaker as noted by the AST%. Coffey only averaged 3.6 rebounds per game at Minnesota and it needs something he needs to improve on.
There are also problems about Coffey’s shooting ability. He shot just 32.8% from three during his career with the Golden Gophers and with him likely being a four in the NBA, it needs to be a bit more accurate. With his length, Coffey could be a good offensive player in the NBA. The jumper needs a lot of work however. If he does go undrafted, the Bulls could possibly try and sign him to their G-League team.
Jaylen Hands, UCLA
Jaylen Hands enjoyed a really good sophomore season at UCLA. His stats improved across the board for the Bruins as he averaged 14.2 points and 6.1 assists. Hands was a facilitator for the Bruins, notching an AST% of 36.5. He didn’t lose much any efficiency with the scoring uptick, which is always good news. The problem is scoring at a decent clip has been a problem for Hands with a career TS% of 53. At 6’3, there are obvious concerns about Hands ability to contest effectively against bigger players. This will limit his draft stock to a degree.
Hands showed last season with UCLA he can score the ball and be someone who can get people involved in the offense. The big jump in assists and points show it. However there are issues about if he can do it more effectively in a smaller role. Like many college players, Hands will have to adjust to the drop in usage. He’s going to have to shoot better from the field overall and continue to above average from three-point land (career 3P% at 37.3). But the biggest factor will be the issue of his size. Hands will certainly be a prospect to look at in the second round.
Jaylen Hoard, Wake Forest
After playing at Wake Forest for one year, Jaylen Hoard decided to test out the NBA Draft waters. The 6’8 forward from France averaged 13.1 points and 7.5 rebounds for Demon Deacons in his only season with the team. Hoard has shown with his size and length that he can be a decent defender in the NBA. He can use his quickness to run over and help on drives. Hoard can defend the rim and hold his own when switched onto smaller players.
Despite averaging double digits points, Hoard struggled to score efficiently. He had a TS percentage of 51.9 and an eFG percentage of 47.6, both are numbers which need serious improvement. Hoard also doesn’t shoot the ball from three often (1.2 attempts per game) and at a low percentage at 22.6. If he wants to succeed in the NBA he needs a drastic uptick in his shooting numbers even if it’s not from three. With his potential defensive upside, Hoard could be looked as a second round pick in the draft.
Louis King, Oregon
For an Oregon Ducks team which ran the table in the Pac-12 championship, Louis King had some standout performances in the NCAA tournament. Throughout their three games, King averaged 16.3 points while shooting 50% from the field and a whopping 61% from three-point land. It was sort of a vindication for the forward who missed all of last season with a knee surgery. At 6’9, he can play as a big in the NBA and stretch the floor. His scoring ability should be intriguing to teams. Scoring is King’s main ability as his assist and rebounding numbers don’t pop out too much. He could give good minutes in spurts off the bench with the ability to shoot pretty well from all over the floor.
Aside from the knee injury, King was a solid prospect for Oregon. The only issues will be if he can score a tad bit more efficiently and if he can be at least an average defender in the NBA. King should be a second round pick in the draft.
Marial Shayok, Iowa State
After three years at Virginia, Marial Shayok made the switch to the Big 12 and transferred to Iowa State. There he experienced a huge uptick in production. His points per game went from 8.9 to 18.7 and he shot better from the field and on three-pointers. Shayok’s efficency went up even with the more shot attempts with his TS% going up by 10 percentage points. He led the Cyclones in scoring and helped them notch a berth in the NCAA tournament. Shayok also shows some potential to be a distributor in an offense with an AST% of 12.2. Nobody is expecting him to be a pass first guy but he has shown he can make the right read and kick it to an open teammate. At 6’6, Shayok will struggle against some taller defenders but can switch onto smaller guards and stay in front of them.
His three-point shooting has gotten better but he needs to improve in driving to the rim and doesn’t draw a lot of contact as shown by his low free-throw rate. Shayok is projected to be a second round pick in the draft and could possibly be maximized in a role where he’s coming off the bench.
Ty Cockfield, Arkansas State
When it comes to scoring, Ty Cockfield did it all for the Arkansas State Red Wolves. With his 22.4 points per game, he displayed the ability to get hot from the field in a hurry. Cockfield was the leading scorer for Arkansas State by a wide margin (2nd highest scorer was at 11.2 PPG). Whenever they needed a bucket, it was him taking the shot and leading the way. With him taking the majority of the shots, his shooting numbers leave a lot to be desired. Cockfield shot 43% from the field and average from three at 35.6%.
However, his defense leaves a lot to be desired. Even though part of it probably has to do with his offensive workload, Cockfield registered a -3.9 defensive box plus/minus last season. He hasn’t improved in his three years at Arkansas State defensively and he needs to make huge leaps to even become an average defender. Cockfield is a high volume shooter who has shown he can score. But the defensive issues look real and it will hamper him. He could be a guy to look for when it comes to the Bulls Summer League squad or even a place in Europe.