Part 2 of the Livers detailed scouting report and film. This time, we'll take an in-depth look at the defensive side.
Like yesterday, I broke the film up into segments:
a) Perimeter Defense - beginning to 1:47 mark
b) Post Defense - 1:48 to 2:09 mark
c) Rebounding/Box Out/Ball Pursuit/Motor, etc - 2:10 mark to end
Isolation Defense on Wing
Fluid defender that turns hips and moves feet well for a prospect of his size. Has ability to beat wings of similar and larger size to the spot when taking multiple dribbles. Has potential to be above aveage/good perimeter isolation defender at next level with continued development
Switching on Screens
Makes hard, quick hedges and shows ability to stay with smaller guards for 2 and perhaps 3 dribbles depending on quickness.
Conistently communicates with teammates when getting screened so that offensive player is always accounted for.
Inconsistent. Shows ability to make proper rotations at times, but too often is caught stagnant and doesn't rotate at all. Needs to improve reaction time on helpside rotations, has ability with athleticism and size.
Does a good job of playing 3/4 defense and moving his feet in order to deny the post entry pass from the guard. Also jumps passing lanes when entry pass has air on it to get steals and deflections. Sample size too small to make evaluation for post defense once he actually has to defend the post upon entry pass being completed.
Will box out when already engaged with another player in the post or the perimeter and then pursue the ball. Rarely finds a man to box out when not engaged with a particular player, far too much standing around and lack of ball pursuit in those situations. Often caught flat footed and staring at the action as teammates pursue the ball. Rarely grabs rebounds outside of his frame. Does not give multiple jumps for rebounds. Not nearly physical or energetic enough on the glass for a prospect of his size and athletic ability. Motor and reaction time needs a lot of work when rebounding and pursuing the ball.