2017 Intro: Trevon Duval

Patience will be a virtue when evaluating Duval, as well as patience on the part of Duval himself.

The New Jersey-based Playaz basketball club boasts a power-packed backcourt. Nationally ranked rising senior Isaiah Briscoe leads the way, but Myles Powell and Temple Gibbs also have emerged as factors.

That means Trevon Duval will have to wait his turn to shine. Any rising sophomore will face an uphill climb versus high-level opponents who are two years older, but Duval's challenge is all the more formidable due to the internal competition for playing time.

And that's why he averages just seven points per game, a relatively meager contribution compared with most of the prospects who cover here at Scout.com. But context always stands as essential, and it doesn't take a virtuoso evaluation eye to recognize Duval as a player.

He already carries a reasonably solid frame, suggesting that he could develop into a true, Northeastern-style power guard over time. Further, he competes with a fearless, aggressive mentality that also reminds of classical performers from the country's most population-dense area.

Duval appears to be a fullcourt, ball distributor type — or even a versatile combo — rather than a pure shooter. He's shooting only 41 percent from the field through 12 games, and he has yet to knock down a three. More worrisome, he has shot only 59 percent from the free throw line.

But he obviously has plenty of time to address his deficiencies. On the upside, he's athletically capable of holding his own already — no mean feat for a 2017 prospect this year — and bears the markings of a playmaker who will step up in the clutch. I also view him as having strong defensive potential thanks to his quickness and rugged style.

Kyle Lowry comparisons are inevitable, and not surprisingly Duval already has claimed an offer from Villanova, among others.

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