2019 NBA Draft Profile: Syracuse forward Oshae Brissett

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Oshae Brissett drives against Louisville. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kicia Sears, The Juice Online.

The NBA Draft is in June, and Syracuse has two players that will potentially get drafted. Today, we take a look at forward Oshae Brissett, who was Syracuse’s leading rebounder at 7.5 rebounds per game.

Here is The Juice Online’s scouting report on Brissett:

Strengths: Dogged rebounder with excellent explosiveness on second and third jumps… Above average athleticism and motor… Consistently gets to the free throw line… Can create his own shot off the dribble… Has potential to be a three level scorer… Has size and strength to finish inside.

Weaknesses: Shooting took a nosedive from freshman to sophomore year… 3-point percentage dipped six points to 27 percent and free throw percentage dipped 12 points to 66 percent… Struggled to finish inside… Played wildly at times on offense… Struggled with shot selection… Disappeared offensively for long stretches.

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NBA Comparison: Wilson Chandler. Though Chandler was more of an athletic specimen, he and Brissett shared a lot of characteristics at the same age. Chandler’s shot was still developing out of DePaul, and though he shot just 30 percent from beyond the arc in his first season with the Knicks, by his seventh season, he shot over 40 percent. Chandler also was in the process of working on being able to take players off the dribble, something that Brissett showed flashes of at times in his sophomore year. At the same time, no one doubted Chandler’s rebounding prowess, much in the same way that Brissett has a high motor at the glass.

Vitals:

  • Birthdate: June, 1998
  • Hometown: Mississauga, ON
  • Position: Forward
  • School: Syracuse ’21
  • Height, 6’8″
  • Weight, 210 lbs

Projection: Late second round to undrafted.

College Highlights: In his freshman season, Brissett was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team, ranking fifth in the ACC in rebounding (8.9) and 15th in scoring (14.9). He also set the SU freshman record for free throws made, eclipsing a mark previously held by Carmelo Anthony. In his sophomore campaign, he led Syracuse in rebounding at 7.5 rebounds and also chipped in 12.4 points per game.

Overall: Brissett has the physical tools to become an NBA-level player. At the NBA Combine, he measured the lowest body-fat percentage of any player since they started taking that measurement. He also shot the ball well, contrasting with his sophomore year. If Brissett can finally put the pieces of the puzzle together, he has a chance to become a 3-and-D power forward that NBA teams are stocking up on.

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