In my “Expanding Your Basketball Horizons” series, I unveil the most talented players outside the bounds of Division I basketball and assess their future prospects at a professional level of play.
In this first installment of my “Expanding Your Basketball Horizons” series, I explore talented
Dorsey and several other early season standouts in NAIA Division I. Truett-McConnell
In terms of his impact on the court, Dorsey is one of the top pure scorers in the NAIA, averaging 26.69 points per contest. He gets his points in a variety of ways, functioning as both a jump shooter and a slasher. Dorsey is capable of breaking his man down off the dribble, and he possesses a serviceable handle that allows him to get to different spots on the court. He utilizes a decent crossover move and is comfortable attacking the basket with either hand. Dorsey does a nice job of shielding the ball to his body. When he does get to the rim, Dorsey has the athleticism and body control to finish through contact. With this said, Dorsey must do a better shot of seeking out contact, as his four free throw attempts per game is not enough for someone with his scoring prowess.
While he is capable of driving all the way to the basket and he utilizes this threat to create separation from his defender, Dorsey predominantly functions as a jump shooter who is able to create his own shot and is comfortable scoring off the bounce. He does a nice job of squaring his body off the dribble, and his high release point on his shot enables him to score over defenders. He has a nice pull up jumper, and also is able to square his body to the basket on post up attempts, finishing fadeaway shots close to the rim. Not only is Dorsey able to score off of the bounce, but he also shows some promise shooting off of screen sets. Dorsey moves well without the ball, and is particularly effective on in bounds sets, where he got much of his offense in the contests that I watched. Overall, Dorsey is currently connecting on 54.0% of his shots from the field.
With these strengths in mind, Dorsey must improve as a long range shooter. He is connecting on only 32.7% of his attempts from beyond the arc, many of which are forced. His shooting form is rather average with a high release point, but he must work to keep his form consistent on his three point attempts. Dorsey’s decision making also must improve for him to be considered a top non-D1 prospect. His 0.64 to 1 Assist to Turnover Ratio is very much below where one would expect. While he is one of the few players on his team that can create his own offense, he must make stronger passes, and not try to force the issue. He is fairly unselfish and when he sees open teammates, he typically looks for them, especially off of dribble penetration. Dorsey is a good rebounder for a wing, averaging 4.77 rebounds per contest. His solid length and his knack for getting the loose ball enable him to achieve successful in this area.
Even though he is one of the top offensive options in the NAIA, Dorsey may have just as much potential on the defensive end. While it is difficult to assess given the fact that he is not playing against Division I competition, Dorsey possesses good lateral quickness and athleticism. When his man beats him off the dribble, Dorsey is often able to recover and block his opponent’s shot. He is averaging 1.00 block per contest, and this is a testament to Dorsey’s timing and quick leaping ability. Dorsey also does a nice job fighting through screens, and does a very good job contesting and closing out on jump shooters without fouling. On several occasions in the contests I watched, Dorsey did not bite on shot fakes from the perimeter. Further, Dorsey has quick hands and averages 0.69 steals per contest. Based on his performances at the JUCO level, I expect this number to be higher as the season progresses. Finally, Dorsey is a strong post defender who stands his ground and is able to contest the post entry feed. He does all this averaging about 1.5 personal fouls per contest.
Overall, Anthony Dorsey is one of the top perimeter prospects due to his prowess on both ends of the floor as well as his rare physical characteristics at 6’5. If he continues to produce and make his teammates better, he may be able to receive some looks at the Portsmouth Invitational.
Another high scoring NAIA standout, Robert Martinez, is the leader of a talented Our Lady of the
squad. The diminutive 6’0 point guard often plays off the ball and is extremely
effective scoring from long range. In
fact, most of his scoring comes from beyond the arc. So far, he has connected on 51.0% of his 100
three point attempts on the season (out of 150 field goal attempts
overall). boasts a picture-perfect shooting
stroke with good elevation and a consistent release point. Martinez is capable of shooting long range
bombs off the dribble, but typically prefers to receive the ball in catch and
shoot situations. He does a good job getting ahead of defenses and pulling up
in transition. Martinez
moves well without the ball and thus is able to set himself up for open
Aside from his long range shooting,
is a good passer, who looks for his
teammates when slashing to the rim. Although he does not have a very long first
step, it is quick enough to get past initial defenders at this level. He does a
good job shielding the ball when attacking the basket. While he only averages
2.27 assists per contest, this is largely because he does not have the ball in
his hands most of the time. Martinez
does most of his work creating opportunities without bringing the ball up the
floor. As a result of this as well as his prowess from beyond the arc, Martinez is utilized as
more of a spot up shooting weapon than a pure point guard. With that said, Martinez projects as a
point guard who can keep defenses honest. Martinez
Aside from his promise on the offensive end,
rebounds per contest, which is very good for someone with his size. On the defensive end, Martinez possesses good lateral quickness and
does a good job contesting on long closeouts. He has quick hands and averages
1.18 steals per game. With that said, his lack of length and bulk will hurt him
in defending bigger weapons at a higher level of play. All in all, Rob Martinez
is a promising offensive option with the range and quickness to play
professionally after his collegiate career is over. Martinez
Rob’s teammate Lo’Ron Smith is a bulky guard who is capable of scoring in a variety of different ways. Smith has a strong frame, at 6’3 195 lbs, but he could stand to cut some weight in order to improve his quickness. He is Our Lady of the
Lake’s second leading
scorer, averaging 18.90 points per contest. Smith scores most of his baskets
off of jumpers in the paint, and dials in from 14 and 16 ft off a few dribbles.
He scores many of his baskets off in bounds plays designed to free him up.
Smith also has the girth to create separation and score through contact both on
the perimeter and attacking the rim. While he does not get to the line often,
he makes the most of his opportunities, connecting on 85% of his attempts.
Smith is capable shooting from beyond the arc, and is able to keep defenses
honest, hitting 43.8% of his three point attempts. Smith projects as a capable
screen and roll player who can hit shots from the mid range and beyond the arc.
Smith is a high motor player that impacts the game apart from his individual scoring. He averages 3.80 rebounds per contest and is strong boxing out and securing loose rebounds. Smith is also active on the defensive end, where he blocks shots and pokes the ball away for steals. He is currently averaging 0.60 blocks per contest and 2.00 steals per game. Smith is not a great decision maker on the defensive end though. He often gets into foul trouble, particularly defending post ups, where he uses his hands to push off and edge his man out of the paint. He also does a poor job finding and creating opportunities for his teammates. He must improve on his decision making if he hopes to play at a higher level.
In terms of his decision making, Maye turns the ball over more often than he creates assists for his teammates, leading to a below 1 to 1 assist to turnover ratio. Because of his strong ability to penetrate to the basket, one would expect Maye to set up his teammates more often. On the defensive end, Maye has very quick hands and does a nice job anticipating in passing lanes. He collects 2.36 steals per contest and uses this to fuel easy transition opportunities. Overall, Wendell Maye is a promising slasher with a reliable three point stroke and great anticipation ability.
Maye has several other teammates at
with developing skillsets. Texas College point guard Jamal
Robertson is a 5’10 point guard with a slashing mentality and a willingness to
distribute to open teammates. Robertson has an excellent first step and is able
to get past initial defenders. When he does, he either finishes at the rim or
creates opportunities for big men Kerry Jones and Titus Stephenson. Robertson
must do a better job finishing through contact (44% from the field overall) and
become more efficient from beyond the arc if only marginally, where he is
hitting 36.0% of his attempts. Robertson has good vision driving in the lane,
and averages 3.80 assists per contest. He must cut down on his 2.90 turnovers
per game if he hopes to play at a higher level. On the defensive end, Robertson
is vulnerable to players shooting over the top of him. However, he has good
lateral quickness and the hands to steal the ball away from his opponents. Much
like Maye, he averages 2.30 steals per contest, employing his solid athleticism
and anticipatory tendencies to create transition opportunities. Robertson is a
solid point guard for Texas
College who may be able
to play at a higher level. Texas
Fellow frontcourt player Titus Stephenson is an active combo forward with a decent in between game. While he does not have a quick enough first step to create separation from his defender, Stephenson can post up or face up and attack the rim. He is able to start as far out as the three point line, as he is a threat to score from beyond the arc, hitting 46.2% of his 13 attempts. Stephenson is active moving without the ball and tends to be the recipient of good passes cutting to the rim. Stephenson has a good enough handle to attack off the dribble, but is limited by his lack of quickness. Stephenson is aggressive and is able to get to the line pretty regularly, drawing 60 free throw attempts so far in early action and connecting on 83.3% of his attempts. On the defensive end, Stephenson predominantly plays post defense, and possesses average lateral quickness defending the perimeter. With that said, he generally does a nice job on closeouts, but must keep himself from fouling jump shooters. In a contest I watched, he fouled a three point shooter late in the game, which took his team out of the contest. Stephenson is also a good rebounder for his size who creates extra possessions for his team. He must continue to work on his decision making, and he could become a good role player if he commits the time to improve his deficiencies on the court.