Stat Story: Deondrea Lindsey's progression, Anthony Felesi's upside and 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.


Deondrea Lindsey is beginning to turn potential into production

The tools have been clear-cut with Lindsey for sometime now -- 6-8 with big-time measurables, strong ball skills and pop around the rim. Now since entering the big stage in the EYBL Scholastic against many of the nation's best, he's translated rather fast. Through 10 games with Oak Hill, he's put up 11 points per game on 71% from 2PT range, 78% at the FT line and 72% at the rim. To go with that, he's grabbing 6 boards per game. Yet to get it going from beyond the arc with the Warriors, but the Knoxville, TN native shot 41% from deep on relatively low volume through 15 games. Skilled four-man who can pound the glass and bring a competitive edge game in and game out don't grow on trees. Trending towards Top-75 status in 2025.


 Taj Bryant may see a second surge on the recruitment front


Early this spring, an assortment of NEC and Patriot League programs entered the recruitment of Taj Bryant. Since, he put together a strong summer, continues to grow more dynamic and looks well on his way to a big season at The Patrick School (NJ). The 6-2 guard showcased his ability to play both on and off the ball with PSA at Peach Jam, putting up an efficient 8 points per game alongside two guards who took on the bulk of the usage. With more on his plate this season, I'd expect plenty more mid-major programs to take notice as they fill out their 2024 classes. Strong and physical with mature pace, he's adept creating advantages off the bounce and excels driving closeouts, which he demands at a high level (25/52 from 3PT across 24 EYBL/UAA games). His game isn't all too flashy, but the impact and efficiency speak for themselves.


 Okku Federiko's allure as a versatile wing


Versatility is one of many cliches in evaluation, as there are many who flash multi-faceted skillset but not many who truly do multiple things at a high level. It may take time to translate to the next level, but Okku Federiko is that. In FIBA U20 play with the Finnish national team, he put up 11 points, 7 boards and 2 stocks in just 22 minutes of action per game. Long, athletic, high energy and mobile at 6-9, he'll provide a ton of lineup versatility for Lamont Paris and the Gamecocks given his ability to pass, handle and shoot off the catch while guarding multiple spots on the other end. The transition period for a European prospect coming over to college basketball may be a bit longer than a traditional freshmen, but I'm a believer in the Top-100 2024 materializing into a valuable frontcourt piece before long in Columbia. 


 Anthony Felesi has Top-10 upside in 2026


Currently touted as a Top-30 prospect in 2026, but it still feels like Felesi is among the lesser know elites in his class on the national front. The 6-5 guard is a uniquely polished pass, dribble, shoot threat with blossoming confidence and a smooth feel for the game. With the Utah Prospects, he put up 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 rebounds and over 2 stocks per game. That includes 2.3 OREB per game, a team high, as well as 58 - 39 - 68 shooting splits. Equally as comfortable going left as he is going right, the next step is growing more proficient as a pull-up shooter. Fluid, creative, hard-nosed and high feel with a very promising scoring profile, he's one of my favorite bets to continuing ascending with the national class. 



Elton James is hunting an identity

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