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Brayon Freeman

National Christian Academy (Current)

Team Loaded - Adidas Gauntlet

Class

2021

Height

6'1"

Weight

~160 lbs

Position

PG

Strong Hand

Right

Committed

George Washington

Summary

  • A skilled lead guard who knows how to play at different paces.  Shows consistency as a scorer, and continues to improve his playmaking abilities. 

  • Has become more aggressive with maturity.  The game is starting to slow down more for him.  Patient with the ball in his hands.  Well-rounded offensively, and fundamentally sound.

  • Finesse player who plays under the rim. Gets the ball up on the board and can convert at a solid percentage.  Uses good angles to get off quality shots and draw fouls.

  • Plays with a lot of intelligence.  Very heady and crafty.  Pretty good athlete, but lacks explosiveness.  Possesses a nice midrange touch and is improving his consistency from deep. 

  • Solid, reliable handle.  Exudes confidence.  A good open court passer who makes sound decisions.  Needs work defensively.  Displays an excellent feel for the game. 

Physical/Athleticism

  • Slender build; will need to continue to improve strength

  • Slightly above average athlete

    • Excellent balance

    • Good body control

    • Very good anticipation skills

    • Twitch-fibers are on the slower side

    • Limited speed, quickness, and acceleration

    • Good hand-eye coordination

    • Plays below the rim

  • First step is long and rangy

  • Finesse player

Offensive Qualities

  • Exhibits a well-rounded understanding of how to play the game offensively

  • Very intelligent

    • Deliberate and patient

      • Keeps his dribble alive on the drive and remains under control

    • Chooses the areas he likes to work from wisely

      • i.e. Takes every opportunity to get into the open court for easy baskets

    • Knows his game well enough to understand how to be most effective

    • Capable of playing a good floor game

      • Can become more consistent by being more active in areas where he doesn’t have the ball in his hands (i.e. rebounding, defense, screening, cutting, etc.)

    • Understands how to play at different paces

    • Utilizes a change of pace well and replaces himself with the ball effectively

      • Helps to keep the defender off balance

    • Extremely crafty around the rim and in the paint

    • Has a finesse game; plays under the rim

    • Really feels the defender well with the ball in his hands

  • Knows how to put the ball in the basket from different areas on the floor

    • Shows consistency as a scorer

  • Adept at getting to the line, where he shoots a good percentage

  • Sound fundamentals serve as the foundation of his game

  • Improving playmaker who has progressed in learning how to make his teammates better

  • Most effective when he advances the ball with the pass

  • Has become more aggressive as he matures; but can play a subtle game, where you don’t realize until you look up near the end of the game and he has 15-18 points

  • More effective in a free-flowing offensive setting

  • Overall, his teams are more effective with him on the floor

  • Struggles to create separation off the dribble in the half court

    • Effects his ability to create quality shots for himself, especially on the perimeter

  •  Is not a blow-by player with the dribble, but:

    • Takes advantage of defensive mistakes

    • Adept at creating angles, putting defenders on his side/hip/shoulder and moving into the defender’s body to make the space as he drives

      • Will need to continue to improve creating space for his jumpshot

    • Effective change of pace keeps the defender guessing

  • Tends to stand and drift on the perimeter

    • Would benefit from moving more purposefully without the ball

      • Cutting, running off of screens, etc.

  • Pushes the ball in semi-transition, probing the defense for openings

Shooting

  • Above-average shooter overall, and improving

  • Accurate midrange game from 13-17 feet

  • Becoming more consistent from distance, especially off the catch-and-shoot

    • Has also improved range from winter to spring/summer

  • Good concentration at the basket and in the paint

  • Shot selection

    • Takes a variety of quality midrange shots

    • Doesn’t rush.  Takes his time to get what he wants.

    • Gets to the basket and converts at a solid percentage

      • Also adept at drawing the foul

    • Prefers to shoot the 3 with his feet set, but is becoming more comfortable on the move as he matures

  • Needs room and time to get his jump shot off – not a particularly quick release and needs time to set up for the shot

    • Makes it difficult for him to get his shot off under pressure

  • Good foul shooter

  • Release is at chin level

  • Above-average shooter overall, and improving

  • Accurate midrange game from 13-17 feet

  • Becoming more consistent from distance, especially off the catch-and-shoot

    • Has also improved range from winter to spring/summer

  • Good concentration at the basket and in the paint

  • Shot selection

    • Takes a variety of quality midrange shots

    • Doesn’t rush.  Takes his time to get what he wants.

    • Gets to the basket and converts at a solid percentage

      • Also adept at drawing the foul

    • Prefers to shoot the 3 with his feet set, but is becoming more comfortable on the move as he matures

  • Needs room and time to get his jump shot off – not a particularly quick release and needs time to set up for the shot

    • Makes it difficult for him to get his shot off under pressure

  • Good foul shooter

  • Release is at chin level

Dribbling

  • Has a solid, reliable handle

  • Does not waste dribbles.  Dribbles with purpose and doesn’t try to do too much.

  • Protects the ball very well with his body

  • Stays low, in good basketball position with the ball in his hands

    • Dribble has a tendency to get a high when making a hard move off the dribble

  • Maintains his dribble and usually does not give it up unnecessarily

  • Really feels his defender well off the dribble – maintains ball control

  • Possesses a lot of potential in this area

  • Showed great improvement as a facilitator during the spring/summer over the high school regular season, creating plays by getting into the lane and finding shooters on the perimeter

  • One-handed passes on the perimeter

  • Improving vision as the game slows down

  • Willing passer

  • Makes the right, simple play

  • Doesn’t force passes.  Again, makes the simple play.

  • Makes the extra pass

  • Talented passer in the open court.  Knows how to thread the needle and hit wings on the run for easy finishes. 

    • Very effective in advancing the ball with the pass when he chooses to do so.

Passing

  • Possesses a lot of potential in this area

  • Showed great improvement as a facilitator during the spring/summer over the high school regular season, creating plays by getting into the lane and finding shooters on the perimeter

  • One-handed passes on the perimeter

  • Improving vision as the game slows down

  • Willing passer

  • Makes the right, simple play

  • Doesn’t force passes.  Again, makes the simple play.

  • Makes the extra pass

  • Talented passer in the open court.  Knows how to thread the needle and hit wings on the run for easy finishes. 

    • Very effective in advancing the ball with the pass when he chooses to do so.

  • Would benefit from staying low and being more active

  • Lack of strength shows in weakness off the ball

    • Does not step in on help side

  • Defensive stance: tends to keep his legs straight and bend at the waist

  • Reaches; doesn’t move feet well

Defense

Basketball IQ

  • An extremely heady player; very crafty

  • Excellent feel for the game

    • Displays a great feel for the defender

    • Learning to see the whole defense under ball pressure in the half court

  • Makes the right basketball play

  • Generally exhibits good judgment

  • Doesn’t get himself caught in bad situations often

Disposition/Presence

  • Exudes a lot of confidence

  • Game displays maturity

  • Relatively level temperament, but will show frustration

  • Showed tremendous improvement this spring and summer over the high school regular season in overall attitude     

    • Better body language, enthusiasm/joy, and leadership

  • Will ask/look for calls and argue with the referee from time-to-time

  • Showed strong signs of frustration with his coach during the school season

  • Did not receive getting called out on mistakes well

Coachability