2020 NBA Draft Profile: Devin Vassell
6’7 | SF | 19.7 | Florida State | SO
Devin Vassell is a rangy young wing who showed budding ability as a shot maker and defender in a breakout sophomore season at Florida State. A consensus top-200 prospect in the high school class of 2018 coming out of Peachtree Ridge High School (GA), Vassell was a largely unheralded prospect before emerging in a minor role as a freshman last season. Averaging 4.5 points over 10.7 minutes per game in his first year under Leonard Hamilton, he turned the corner as a sophomore solidifying himself as the best offensive player on one of the nation’s best defensive teams. Finishing the year scoring 12.7 points and pulling down 5.1 rebounds over 28.8 minutes per game, the Georgia native helped guide the Seminoles to a top-5 ranking while earning All-ACC 2nd Team honors and solidifying himself as an NBA prospect.
- A lanky 6’7 wing with a skinny 195-pound frame and good length, Vassell has very good size for a wing. He is a fluid athlete who can play above the rim pretty impressively in space.
- Filling a significant role for the Seminoles, who did not rely heavily on any one scorer, Vassell provided efficient floor spacing, finished emphatically in the open floor, and flashed a budding ability to create his own shot out of the pick and roll.
- Having some impressive moments defensively contesting shots and getting in the passing lanes, Vassell is a competitive defender who fit in nicely at a program known for its aggressive style of play. His length was a consistent factor contesting shots.
- Flashing promising shot-making ability, Vassell played primarily off the ball last season. Scoring with impressive efficiency, over half of his possessions came as a floor spacer or filling lanes in transition. He averaged 1.220 points per catch and shoot jump shot in the half court [87th percentile] and 1.411 points per transition possession [94th percentile] as he’s a reliable perimeter threat with impressive natural touch and a long-strider who can finish above the rim and with a bit of creativity and good body control.
- As efficient as Vassell was off the ball, he also flashed the ability to make shots off the dribble. Scoring 0.852 points per dribble jump shot in the half court [68th percentile], his ability to make shots in the midrange made him a weapon in the pick and roll. He is not especially polished with the ball or as a decision-maker, but his natural touch does translate to other situations.
- Able to attack the rim with long strides, Vassell can take what the defense gives him inside, but has room to get stronger, improve his left hand, and develop his vision as a passer on the move.
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- Possessing the length to contest shots, be a factor in the passing lanes, and even protect the rim some, Vassell proved to be a capable defender. He allowed 0.50 points per isolation possession [81st percentile] as his wingspan and intensity helped him hold his own.
- Going out of his area for rebounds on occasion, Vassell made some hustle plays even though his frame is still developing to help him deal with physicality.