2019 NBA Draft Profile: Matisse Thybulle
Matisse Thybulle is a unique prospect with intriguing physical tools, potential to grow offensively, and one of the most impressive defensive resumes of any player in recent memory. A consensus top-150 prospect in the high school class of 2015, Thybulle emerged as an instant starter at Washington under Lorenzo Romar and won Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors in his final two seasons under Mike Hopkins. Anchoring the Huskies’ zone as a junior and senior, he averaged 9.1 points, 3.4 steals, and 2.2 blocks per game taking on a smaller offensive role in his final season, while ranking among the most disruptive defenders in the country.
- Possesses solid size for a wing listed at 6’5 with a 200-pound frame, but has a 7-foot wingspan, impressive all-around athleticism, and a knack for timing plays like few players in the country.
- Filled a minor role for Washington serving mostly as a floor spacer, but provides nice hustle and some feel as a passer.
- Was used primarily as a Spot Up shooter as a senior. 54% of his shots in the half court were catch and shoot jumpers which he converted for 0.972 points per catch and shoot attempt [45th percentile]. Doesn’t have the most refined shooting mechanics and they tend to break down under pressure, but has decent touch off the catch and shot the ball at a much higher level when left open than his numbers suggest.
- Can put the ball on the floor a bit and make plays uses his athleticism and energy to his advantage. Keeps things simple around the rim scoring 1.309 points per finishing opportunity in the half court [81st percentile]. Better leaper than one might expect when he has a head of steam. Finishes emphatically attacking closeouts. Unselfish to a fault at times, not being more aggressive as a slasher especially with how well he shoots free throws. Has room to improve his handle.
- Willing passer on the move. Drives and dishes well and feeds the post unselfishly.
- Was quite possibly the best defender in college basketball last season. Played at the top of Washington’s zone showing tremendous quickness, hustle, and timing. Excellent individual defender who is exceptionally quick off the floor and has tremendous timing contesting shots. Also very aggressive off the ball closing out with a sense of urgency.