32.1 MPG, 13.4 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 2.5 TOV, 1.5 BPG
- Long and rangy athlete that moves well for his size.
- Offense: HC Shaka Smart used him on the block and at the elbow. Allen has a very long frame, but gets pushed around easily at this point and does not have a go-to move with back to the basket other than getting to his right hand and finishing over smaller defenders. Allen has a developing face-up game and an underrated first step – reminds you some of Myles Turner when he faces up. Showed some flashes of having a mid-range jumper and his form is certainly not broken – rarely ever stretched his game to 3pt line.
- Defense: the lack of strength is again the concern. Gets pushed around too easily and too often must be bailed out by his length. Allen’s length is undoubtedly his greatest asset and he uses that well to block and bother tons of shots – averaged 2 BLKS per 40 min during his freshman season at Texas. Allen has some switchability potential on defense – not quick feet yet, but for his size they aren’t stuck to the floor, and considering that he’s just 19, there is time for the coordination to catch up.
- Intangibles: Very good athlete for his size, runs the floor like a deer when the motor is running high, developing two-way game offensively, and ability to protect the rim with his length.
Room for Improvement: Allen’s effort is inconsistent, his basketball IQ isn’t very high yet – high TOV%, and he needs to get stronger.
Forecast: I expect Allen to rise on draft boards as June 22 approaches. He should do well in team workouts, as most should see his ability to stretch the floor on the offensive end eventually, be a legit rim-protector and carry defensive versatility with his developing ability to switch across numerous positions.
17.2 MPG, 10 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 1.8 BPG, 1.5 TOV
3FG%: 47.6% (only 19 total 3FGA)
- Collins is a good athlete for a 7-footer, has a high skill level on both ends for 19 years old, and plays with intensity / high motor.
- Offense: Collins is a skilled offensive player with his back to the basket – has an array of moves + his coveted up-and-under. He waste little time getting into his scoring motion and is very quick off his feet when going to score. Collins is not afraid of contact, does not fade, and is very good at attacking the chest of stronger defenders. Collins is not an incredible athlete, but he has excellent footwork and patience with the ball around the basket. Collins ability to eventually stretch the floor to the three-point line is the most intriguing aspect of his offensive arsenal. He only took 19 total 3FG’s during his freshman season at Gonzaga, so the small sample size leaves mystery to his real efficiency from deep.
- Defense: Collins wingspan isn’t off the charts, but his ball instincts, discipline to not go for ball-fakes and ability to go straight up with his arms when defending shots led to an avg. of 4.1 blocks per 40 min. during his freshman season. Pretty incredible numbers. Predictably, critics will point to the fact that Collins numbers are inflated because of the mid-major conference he played in, and then I would say to them that he blocked 9 shots and snatched 20 rebounds in the Final 4. Gaining more strength will be important for Collins, but what benefits him is that, again, he’s not afraid of contact and willingly bangs with bigger post players. Switching across different positions may or may not be in Collins future, but he does apply a above-par stance and effort to defending PnR’s while covering an impressive amount of space – again, good footwork. Collins will not be a stop sign of a defender in the league, but he’s also not going to be a player you have to hide on that end due to his effort + IQ.
- Intangibles: Effort/motor, polish offensively and footwork. Although Collins won’t overwhelm you with his athleticism, he is a very coordinated athlete that’s in control of his balance. The offensive polish with his back to the basket will be a skill that only becomes more lethal and could one day demand a help defender. The shooting motion is mechanically solid at this stage, but we’ll wait for a larger sample size to determine whether or not he can consistently stretch the floor in the NBA.
- Room for Improvement: Collins needs to develop a more consistent feel for the game. He did not show good patience or IQ when presented with a second defender. Quicker decision making with the ball will be key. He also needs to improve his strength – without a great wingspan, Collins will have less to bail him out against bigger and stronger defenders.
Forecast: The top-10 is attainable for Collins. He didn’t start for Gonzaga, but proved in the NCAA Tournament, and especially in the Final 4, how good he is against the best in more playing time. The motor/intensity parlayed with the skill should have Collins threatening to climb above Jarrett Allen by draft night.
Wingspan: 7’0” (unofficial)
17.3 MPG, 5.2 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.8 TOV
- Long, rangy guard with solid athleticism. Has a chance to be an elite wing defender with the versatility to easily switch across three positions. High motor and above average feel for the game on both ends as a 18-year old.
- Offense: An improved shooter that has a good feel for the game in the half-court. Frank reads defenses well, especially out of the PnR, and makes the simple play more times than not. He is not an overpowering athlete that will make a habit of finishing above the rim, but his long arms do allow him to finish in traffic from difficult angles. For an 18-year old, Frank has some offensive polish, but there is still plenty of untapped potential for him on this end of the floor. Much improved long-range shooter that shot 45% for his French professional team this past season and fired 58.6% from three-point range at the 2016 FIBA U18 European Championships last December, leading France to a title. Frank was undoubtedly the best player at the tournament and seemed to answer plenty of questions for NBA scouts. He does tend to be a little bit gun-shy, deferring to others too often, but again, this is a player who is just starting to realize his potential on the offensive end. Frank’s offensive ceiling might be as a second option, but that could be debated, and that fact makes him an extremely intriguing prospect.
- Defense: On day-one as a pro, Frank should be able to make a real impact defensively. At 6’6 and with a (unofficial) 7-foot wingspan, the measureables to be a lockdown defender on the wing are present. He is already a committed defender, consistently applies ball pressure and has a knack for making plays on the ball. At the FIBA U18 European Championships Frank averaged 3.2 steals and 1.7 blocks per 40 minutes, giving his opponents nightmares. He also has quick feet and good instincts – combine that with the willingness to defend and you now have the recipe to unlock an elite wing defender. Frank’s versatility on the defensive end of the floor is likely his greatest asset as a prospect as of now.
- Intangibles: The size and length that Frank possesses as a guard is not something you can teach, and these attributes give him a head start. On the defensive end, he already uses his physical tools well – again, the potential to become a very good wing defender that can switch across multiple positions is real, and should probably be expected. Offensively, it’s still a work in progress. His improved shot appears to be something that will stick – Frank gets good lift on his jumper and has drastically improved his release point. Not dangerous to score off the dribble yet, but he’ll be an impact as a spot up shooter from day one. His unselfishness combined with his feel for the game and court vision should be considered his greatest intangible on the offensive end right now.
- Room for Improvement: There is plenty, and that’s okay since Frank is just 18 years old. He shouldn’t be thrust into a big role early on and will need time to develop. Frank has a nice feel for the game, and should adjust to NBA schemes rather quickly, but he’s not ready for the speed of the game in this league, nor does he have the strength he needs yet. At just 170 lbs., he needs to work on his frame. The unselfishness is a good thing, but it could also be considered one of Frank’s weaknesses. He simply to passive and he’ll need to be more of a “Dog” in the league in order to be a starting caliber point-guard. Developing a better dribble-game will be vital for his future as a primary ball-handler and as a scorer. Frank has been bothered by ball pressure in spots professionally in France and has had some issues with turnovers.
Forecast: Unless there is some unexpected news about Frank not coming over from France next season, then I’d fully expect him to be a lottery pick. It seems pretty clear that he is in the second-tier of point-guards after Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and De’Aaron Fox. It will be interesting to see how Frank and Dennis Smith stack up as the draft draws closer. There is zero question that Frank is in play for the Hornets if they do indeed end up picking late in the lottery. He would be a nice fit next to Kemba defensively, providing the size and switchability to Kemba doesn’t have. Having another ball-handler other than Batum to create offense would also be a plus for Charlotte, which Frank could provide.