Ryan Boatright: 22-years old, Connecticut, Point Guard
Draft Express Measurements: 5″11, 170-pounds, 6″0.5 wingspan
2014-15 Stats: 17.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.4 steals, 42% field goals, 85% free-throws, 41% threes, 35.8 minutes
Quick Season Review: The Connecticut Huskies barely missed the NCAA Tournament as they finished 20-15. Despite having a disappointing season, they had a handful of good wins against Dayton, Cincinnati and SMU. Boatright didn’t play in the Huskies final game (left shoulder injury), a National Invitational Tourney loss in the first round against Arizona State. Boatright led the Huskies in scoring and assists. After averaging 12.4 points in a disappointing junior year, he bounced back and made the All-American Athletic Conference First Team. Boatright topped the 20 points mark 14 different times. Boatright’s best game was against Houston, when he went for 31 points and 8 rebounds.
Strengths: Good scorer that can create his own shot with ease. Extremely quick. Excellent athlete (41-inch vertical). Good three-point shooter with range. Good rebounder for size. Solid passer. Creates turnovers with quickness. Can defend.
Weaknesses: Very small guard that can struggle to defend bigger guards. No length. Decision making a concern at times (2.4 to). Shot selection must improve. Must add strength. Struggles to finish with contact. Plays too fast at times.
Where He Would Help Spurs?
Ryan Boatright can bring the energy and scoring ability off the Spurs bench similar to Patty Mills. Boatright is fearless and he is a solid defender. His only red flags might revolve around his size.
NBA Comparison: Aaron Brooks
Just like Aaron Brooks, Boatright is a smaller guard that is at his best when scoring. Both also bring lots of energy and aren’t afraid of the big moment.
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