Noah Kirkwood, Canada, SG, Class of 2018, Uncommitted, 17.2 Strengths
-Nice physical profile for a two guard at 6' 6 with a mature 222-pound frame.
-Physical kid. Doesn't shy away from contact. Aggressive attacking the rim going both right and left. Has finesse finishes with either hand. Excellent footwork. Polished.
-Plays with a level of maturity well beyond his years. Tremendous feel for the game. Very under control. Unselfish. Professional approach.
-Can play out of ball screens and could develop into more of a combo guard down the road. Passes with either hand. Hits the roller or wing circling up in pick and roll.
-Will mix it up on the glass. Lifetime 8.9 rebounds per 40 minutes.
-Should be able to check multiple positions at the college level. Uses his smarts and competitiveness to keep the ball in front. High IQ off ball defender. Lifetime 2.6 steals per 40 minutes. Has the body to check some college fours. Embraces the challenge.
-Not a great shooter at this stage but should be able to develop into a respectable spot shooter in time. Lifetime 34.0% from three. Gets decent rotation.
-Ready to contribute at the collegiate level. Team guy who plays the right way.Weaknesses
-Lacks elite lngth for an NBA wing - 6' 6.5 wingspan. Very physically developed despite his age. How much more room does he have for growth?
-Not a very dynamic perimeter shooter. Airballed a free throw in the BioSteel game. Not much of a threat to pull up off the dribble. Can improve his ability to create space and knock down shots. Loses confidence in his jumper after a miss or two. Will turn down open spot ups.
-More fluid than explosive. Not going to play above the rim in traffic. Relies more on size and angles to get to the rim. Not going to break down NBA-level defenders in one-on-one situations. Doesn't always have the juice at the rim to finish over length.
-Smart and tough on defense but likely projects as an average defender at the highest levels due to his below average length and quickness. Relies more on physical tools than technique at times.
-Checks a lot of boxes but does he have an elite skill that translates to the NBA? Upside may be limited.Outlook
Kirkwood proved to be one of the better all-around basketball players in Toronto. He's smart, tough, and versatile on both ends of the floor. Although more of an off guard right now, Kirkwood's ability to play out of ball screens and manage a game could make him an interesting point guard project as an old school type who relies more on instincts, size and angles. With that said, he hasn't appeared to have improved all that much as a perimeter shooter and his average length and athleticism appear to limit his NBA upside. He's likely to have an impact early on in his career wherever he ends up, and is certainly worth tracking given his approach, feel and toughness. Kirkwood's perimeter jumper will be the key to unlocking his potential.