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After scouting fellow sophomore Devin Thomas’ strengths and weaknesses, our attention turns to Codi Miller-McIntyre and will investigate whether he can be a point guard for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons this season or whether he is better suited to playing off the ball.
First, let’s review some of his statistical measures from last season to start determining about whether he should play more with the ball in his hands. Per KenPom.com, his assist rate was 19.4%, which ranked behind teammate Madison Jones’ 22.6% and 17th in the ACC. He struggled a bit with turnovers, turning the ball over 20.4% of the time, which is a poor mark, even for a freshman. Draft Express has his pure point rating at -0.64.
In the video, we see similar mixed results. CMM can attack the rim well with the ball off the dribble but he doesn’t always make the best decisions, which leads to turnovers.
Off the Dribble
In the first few clips below, you can see CMM penetrate off the dribble into the lane and finish at the rim or find a teammate for a layup attempt. He has a quick first step that allows him to beat the defense and get to the rim. One thing he can improve on for next year is drawing more contact in the lane, which would allow him to get to the foul line more often. Last season, he shot only 46 free throws (19.2% free throw rate) while shooting 56.5% on these free throws.
This sample size is a bit too small for us to determine if he is a poor free throw shooter but regardless, he needs to get to the line more. In the first two clips, you see him avoid the defense to attempt the shot instead of absorbing the contact to draw the foul. He can work on driving into the teeth of the defense, drawing contact and finishing or drawing the foul to make the offensive possession a successful one.
At the end of the clip, you can see where CMM struggles with turnovers. He is careless with the ball at times, which allows the defense to take the ball from him. If he wants to play with the ball in his hands more, he’ll need to cut down on these turnovers.
Due to Wake Forest’s poor outputs of the last several years, none of their players have registered on a national scale. Devin Thomas may be the next example of this player after a freshman season that saw him outplay his #169 RSCI ranking to become arguably the best Wake Forest freshman last season. Thomas posted 9 points per game on 55% shooting while grabbing 7.5 rebounds per game to lead the team in that category. His 11% offensive rebounding rate ranked 8th in the ACC while his 22% defensive rebounding rate ranked 4th. He still has room to grow obviously, but he looks like he could become a productive ACC player over a four year career.
Thomas’ offense is derived almost exclusively from the paint, as 72% of his shots were at the rim, as categorized by Hoop-Math. His most utilized possession type was a posted, where he posted an adequate field goal percentage, especially for a freshman player of his size.
Much of Thomas’ playing time came at the center position, where he is a bit undersized at 6’9″, with only an average reported 6’11” wingspan. Despite the fact that he was over matched size wise on the block, he was often able to score with some impressive footwork for a young player.
Thomas likes to finish with his preferred left hand and attempts to get to the left side of the rim for his finishes. His main move is to drop step around the defender and has a wide drop step that can get past the defense. With the drop step, he is able to finish with either hand out of this move.
With only 4 seconds and having to go the length of the court while down 1, Wake Forest and coach Bzdelik went to a play that got them a great look at a 3 pointer. With so many of these situations ending in a turnover or a half court heave, this play is quite impressive, even though the shot does not drop.
JT Terrell begins with a screen for Carson Desrosiers, to get him open flashing to the ball. CJ Harris is taking the ball out and the play is designed to get the ball in and back to Harris on the run.
Wake Forest has struggled with rotating on defense this season. I wanted to highlight one play that epitomizes their struggles, which led to a three point opportunity for Duke.
In this post, we will see a baseline out of bounds play for Wake Forest executed for an open layup. Wake Forest comes out in the typical 4 across set that they use for a majority of their baseline out of bounds sets. This does not allow the defense to recognize their play based on the set. Although they may recognize the play based on the call, it is much easier to disguise the play call than the formation.
Ty Walker fades back with his hands raised, calling for the ball. He gets the ball in this position at the start of some sets, so the play is still somewhat disguised. JT Terrell sets a screen for Walker, so he can roll to the weak side of the basket. Walker is the first option on this play but Gonzaga switches the screen, so Walker is covered.
Mescheriakov comes from the sideline to screen the screen, JT Terrell. Marquise Carter thinks that they are going to switch this screen as well, so he stays in position to cover Terrell. However, Sacre does not switch the screen and stays with Terrell. This leaves Mescheriakov open when he slips the screen and rolls to the basket.
The miscommunication on defensive strategy by Gonzaga gives Wake Forest the layup. If the second screen was switched by Sacre, the play likely would not have worked as both Terrell and Mescheriakov would have been covered. Instead, a lapse by Sacre allowed the slip of the screen, leading to the layup.
With 13 blocks through 2 games, it is no doubt that 7 foot Ty Walker has the ability to block shots in the paint. However, he needs to be smarter with his block attempts, as he often leads the defense exposed.