Stat Story: Dezmon Briscoe's climb, Nigel Walls' upside and much more


Statistics certainly don't tell the full story, but they’re a big piece of the puzzle in evaluating trajectory. Often times, it’s the most instructive tool in terms of projecting what’s not there yet, but will be in time.

 

Here, I'll break down to what to make of the promising statistical indicators on four prospects from around the country, along with a few indicators potentially of concern on four different prospects. As with evaluation as a whole, the process is fluid. As the sample size grows, the worrisome indicators can be diminished. All analytics are from Synergy Sports.

 

TRENDING UP

Dezmon Briscoe is climbing fast

Hoosier State prospects continue to take a bit more time to rise onto the national scene, and I think that'll be the case for Briscoe when we fast-forward about a year. With Indiana Elite 16's this spring and summer, the 6-8 wing generated 11 points and 7 boards on 59 - 46 - 71 shooting splits. It's a very low sample size from three, but I believe it's a hint at his upside. Strong and physical with length, he's already adept doing plenty of the little things on either end to impact winning. Tough on the glass, very timely in rotation defensively, makes connective passes and brings a bit of an edge to everything he does. Big Ten offers should continue to stack up as the lens turns towards 2025 and it'd be no surprise to see him break into the Top-100 of the class. 


Maikcol Perez's breakout summer

There were a number of names to arise at this summer's FIBA U16 Euro Championship that I'll continue to highlight as names to know moving forward, but none came on throughout quite like Italy's Maikcol Perez. The 6-7 wing tallied 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists per game while converting 51% from the field and 58% from three on a limited sample size. An immensely talented offensive piece with unique versatility to him, he's at his best grabbing off the glass and handling in transition. But where I've been most intrigued is on the other end, where Perez generated nearly 3 stocks per game and thoroughly impressed as a switchable defender. Tabbed as a Top-50 prospect in 2026 for us, but more consistency as a shooter may turn things up another notch.

 
 Aaron Glass = shot-maker

Glass got off to a hot start this spring with Jalen Green Elite and never let up. Across 13 3SSB 16's games, he finished in the 90th percentile or higher in the following offensive categories: jump shots, contested catch & shoot looks, pull-up jumpers, runners and layups. The hyper-efficient scoring, 18 points on 51% FG and 44% 3PT, came from all three levels and much of which on a high degree of difficulty. There's room to grow as a downhill decision-maker, but he created advantages at will in the half-court and specifically gave opponents issues playing in high ball screens. Stout, physical guard with balance, pace and bucket-getting know-how. Cal, Washington, LMU, Arizona State and a few others offered this summer, and I'd expect Glass to blossom into a priority prospect in 2025 for a number of West Coast programs.


- Best is well ahead, but Alex Lloyd is already hitting lofty marks

Perhaps it's because he's played alongside a number of high profile prospects in EYBL play or because they've been extremely dominated through both E15 and E16, but it seems like Alex Lloyd has gotten a bit lost in the shuffle as an elite long-term prospect in 2026. This summer, Lloyd once again eclipsed 40% from three (43% on 3 3PA per game) with Nightrydas and also put together a dynamic showing at the Nike Top 100. But the 6-4 G is much more than just a shooter and is still very much growing into his frame. There's a unique level of nuanced decision-making and patience to his offensive game, as most in a similar archetype in this stage lack playmaking feel and tend to be one read & go. He's exceptional turning small advantages in the half-court into easy looks for others and has shown to be highly efficient at the rim when driving closeouts (64% on nearly 5 attempts per game). The next step is bringing his pull-up into the mix, but to this stage, we're the highest on Lloyd of anyone in the industry (#27) and largely due to his blend of fluidity, shot-making and undervalued feel for the game. 

TRENDING DOWN

- Putting the pieces together with Nigel Walls 

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