Weight: 194 lbs
Stats: 12.7 PPG Reb 5.1 AST 1.6
Shooting: Vassell established himself as a reliable three-point shooter during his sophomore campaign at Florida State, knocking down 41.5% of his three-point shot attempts. Most of Vassell Three-point shots came off of spot-up shooting, but Vassell in his sophomore year took a step forward in his development by turning himself into a viable shot creator. Vassell still needs work creating his own shot, but there is a viable foundation to work from. Vassell has a natural jumper that hits the high-point when he releases it, with a 6’10 wingspan that makes his jumper hard to contest for defenders. Vassell also has a sweet mid-range jumper he deploys at will, He does a good job of finding his spots on the floor.
Defense: Vassell is a long rangy, athletic wing with an eye-popping 6’10 wingspan that allows him to terrorize ball handlers with his ball pressure. Watching Vassell you see a player with a high motor always getting up and under players, really making them work for it on offense. Vassell closes out on shooters quickly, getting his hands up to contest shots almost in sequence when the shooter is releasing the shot. Vassell has great instincts for his age and that shows up in his shot-blocking ability Vassell averaged 1.0 BPG this past season for the Seminoles, from the Guard position that is something you rarely see if at all.
Vassell also flashes his ability to switch often when dealing with pick and roll action. Vassell disrupts offenses and matchup hunting when he can go from defending a 6’3 PG to fronting a 6’10 PF/C on the switch. Vassell can get caught over pursuing and gambling for steals he has to be a tad bit more patient but other than that Vassell is one of the more complete players on defense in this class.
Ball Handling: Vassell can round out his game with a tighter handle, Vassell doesn’t look as comfortable as you would like him too with the ball in his hands, Vassell is best served in off-ball situations and attacking defenses off the catch. Once Vassell improves his ball-handling his shot-creating will develop naturally. Vassell’s handle is not something I would deem a liability, but something that can eventually be developed into a strength later down the line.
Devin Vassell often drives towards the rim with not much of a plan, He gets going with a head of steam but once defenders cut off his driving lane, you see him take some awkward and flat out bad shots instead of kicking the ball back out for a better option. Vassell right now does not have the frame or weight for some things he tries under the rim, but he will as he fills out his body when teams get him in the NBA. Vassell also has to do more to get to the FT line he avg. just 2.2 FTA per game for Seminoles I attribute that to most of his offense coming from outside the post area but Vassell still has to figure out ways to get easy scores when defenses press him with the ball in his hands.
I’m an absolute sucker for players with 2-way ability, Vassell has that and more. He can switch and defend all five positions and can shoot the ball with confidence. The floor for Vassell is high, at worse for his career he can develop into a 3-D role player in the NBA, which makes him probably the safest pick in this entire draft. Vassell is likely not the pick for the Charlotte Hornets, but he is a great option to consider if Charlotte trades back a few spots.
PRO COMP: Jaylen Brown/Kelly Oubre