Player Comparison and Breakdowns
Trae Young vs Collin Sexton Top PG Battle
On Saturday as a part of the the SEC - Big 12 Matchup on ESPN Alabamb will host Oklahoma at 2:15 ET. Really its Trae Young vs Collin Sexton , 2 of the Nations Top PGs going head to head. Last time we saw this matchup was when Lonzo Ball went up against Markelle Fultz.
Sexton was top Ranked PG ( 5th Overall ) in High School Last Season, Young was the 4th Ranked PG ( 23rd Overall ). Both Players are Projected to go Top 10 in this years NBA draft.
25 NBA Teams ( 55 Scouts ) will be in Tuscaloosa to watch the Match up of Trae and Sexton.
Trae Young is a Long Range Shooter who draws Comparsions from Steph Curry and Steve Nash. He leads the Nation in Points ( 30.3 ) and Assist ( 9.3 ). 95.8% of his Jump shots comes from behind the arc ( 40.7% )..
Draft Prospect Profile: Kelan Martin
Draft Prospect Profile: Kelan Martin
With his college career at a close, Kelan Martin eyes the possibility of a professional career in the NBA. As the second leading scorer in Butler school history (2,047), Martin is already in work mode preparing for the draft with skills guru Joey Burton in Zionsville, Indiana. Most draft experts and mock drafts don't have Martin being drafted. Which this is nothing new to Martin. Kelan Martin has always been overlooked. Going back to his days at Louisville Ballard High school where he ranks third all time on the scoring list (2,151), he was often in the shadow of teammate and former Louisville Cardinal Quentin Snider.
Behind Martin's prolific scoring prowess, lies a sense of maturity beyond his years. He was able to lead Butler who was picked to finish eighth in the Big East to a near Sweet Sixteen appearance falling just short against Purdue. Even after his strong 29 point performance, he still managed to go to Purdue's team bus and congratulate them. But what also defines Martin is his adaptability and work ethic. His former middle school AAU coach, Dion Lee of the Louisville Legends, stated, "Kelan's constantly proved people wrong and created opportunites to grow as a person and player. Nothing has been given to him. He has definitely earned everything he's accomplished through hard work and perseverance." He was recruited by Brad Stevens, but due to Stevens' departure signed with Brandon Miller who eventually took a medical leave, then finally coached by Chris Holtmann and LaVall Jordan. In spite of the coaching carousel, he leaves as one of the most highly decorated players in school history. As a senior, he finished his collegiate career as First Team All-Big East, helped lead the way in defeating eventuall NCAA champion, Villanova, with 23 points and ended his career with 91 victories.
Kelan Martin has shown through time at the high school and collegiate level an ability to continue to grow his game. Every step of the way, he's always been overlooked and yet always seems to produce as needed. His 6'7 frame with 7'3 wingspan seems to be ideal in the current style of play in the NBA. Martin possesses the skill set with his measurables to be an ideal 3 and D guy in the NBA. He scores well at all 3 levels and is developing as a playmaker. The obvious comparision here in terms of skillset and size is Draymond Green. In a 2011 Draft Express article, they cite similar weaknesses that have been tagged to Kelan Martin. Both have been said to be very productive four year college players but they lack elite athleticism, ideal lateral quickness and are too undersized for the position in the NBA. Obviously, Green went to an ideal fit and situation, but his skill set and intangibles among other things have him on the path to the hall of fame. Kelan has showcased a skill set that is growing in addition to leadership skills that are simililar to Draymond. We think his ability coupled with his work ethic will enable him to have a solid career in the NBA for most franchises.