Devin Cannady: Evaluation

The Spiece Indy Heat were a talented club led by massive center Caleb Swanigan and other high-majors, but Devin Cannady also carried his share of the load.


Introduction

Considered a role player on the EYBL circuit, Devin Cannady nevertheless posted impressive numbers and appears to be one of the best prospects around who's rated in the three star range.

Cannady's numbers contradict a pedestrian national reputation. His 12 points per game for a Peach Jam-worthy team suggest big things for him at Princeton, to which he has committed for next season.

He began to carve out a place for himself during the spring, and by early May he had claimed offers from Northern Illinois, Central Michigan, Ball State, Akron, Toledo, Ohio, Valparaiso, Indiana State, IUPUI, Cornell, Florida Gulf Coast and Old Dominion, with interest also arriving from Michigan.

His next major exposure occurred at the Lawson/Oladipo Camp, where he largely played off the ball despite standing 6-1 and at least nominally being a combo guard prospect for college. Thing is, he actually looks more comfortable as a scorer than a playmaker, and there's no reason a college wing must be any taller than 6-1.

He committed to Princeton in August and definitely will upgrade the program's overall talent level. He has the potential to become a freshman starter, or at least become one no later than 2016-17, and he projects as a vital scorer over the course of his career.

Assets

Cannady is an outstanding three-point shooter. He launches nice threes off the catch, pulling up on the break or even after using a crossover dribble. He attempted nearly five threes per game for Spiece, but during my viewings they rarely appeared to be bad shots. He knocked down 40 percent (41-103) from long-range in 21 games, a healthy but not outrageous numbers of attempts — with highly encouraging accuracy — for a sharpshooter.

Cannady excels at stretching defenses

Albeit not a top-shelf athlete, Cannady also puts the ball on the floor occasionally and drives nicely in either direction. He's unlikely to become a foul line regular at the next level, but at least he understands the need for balance.

He's a solid passer as well, not flashy but unselfish, intelligent and aware of his teammates' locations on the court.

Deficits

There's nothing dominant about Cannady, who can struggle against bigger, stronger, superior athletes. That said, he's unlikely to face at ton of those in the Ivy League and thus the concern looms larger should he pursue a career in the pros.

Otherwise, he generally needs to finish better on twos. He shot 40 percent on threes but only 42 percent from the field overall, a number he needs to raise substantially at Princeton.

Outlook

Based purely on basketball ability, prior to his commitment I believed Cannady was being under-recruited. Some very touted players in the senior class averaged fewer than 12 points per game on the Nike circuit, and many of the putative shooters failed to crack the 40 percent mark from deep.

In choosing Princeton, he obviously chose to balance athletics with supreme academics. No one can blame him for that, and he should become a superb addition — beginning on day one — to the program.


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