Tyler Honeycutt has impressed scouts since day one at UCLA with his outstanding length, versatility, and solid athleticism. With an added scoring punch and improved offensive awareness in his sophomore season, Honeycutt appears ready to take the next step as he prepares to have his name called for the 2011 NBA Draft.
However, there’s a little more to Honeycutt than a quick glance can summarize. Check out our scouting report on Honeycutt as we continue to prepare for this year’s draft:
NBA Postions: G/F
Unselfish team player with silky smooth offensive game. Scoring ability is there, but killer instinct is currently left behind. Looks to get his teammates the ball and knows how to play defenses individually and overall. Elite rebounder and shot-blocker for his position (over 2 blocks per game and 7 boards per game). Has good length and his athleticism and height offers excellent versatility. Very solid defender on the perimeter. Has a nice jumper that he can get off whenever he wants. Just a natural offensive player. Quick and fast, the works. Can do just about anything asked of him at a high level and really has star potential in the NBA.
Quite frail, especially at 6’8”, he’s listed at under 190 pounds. His slight frame allows him to get absolutely owned on defense when the opposing player decides to post him up. His length helps him make great defensive plays, but when strength comes into play, he doesn’t fare well. Lack of strength also affects his ability to finish at the rim offensively. Not a poor ball-handler, but not where he needs to be. Can struggle creating his own offense at times, and overall is an inconsistent scorer. Doesn’t possess that killer instinct you want out of a star offensive player, either. Needs to get more mature and confident in his abilities. Tons of untapped potential and we’re starting to see what he could be. Could have benefited from one more year of being “the guy” at UCLA.
NBA Player Comparison: Nicolas Batum
Draft Projection: Top 20