NBPA Top 100: Deshawn Corprew

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Success is nothing new to Deshawn Corprew. The powerful shooting guard won big, and had a fantastic season individually, for Winston-Salem (N.C.) QEA in 2014-15.

Plying his trade this week on the hardwood at John Paul Jones Arena, DeShawn Corprew has demonstrated that he clearly belongs among the nation’s top 100 prospects.

In fact, “holding his own” doesn’t quite do it justice. Corprew consistently has been one of the event’s better players, outhustling many of those who entered the week with more pronounced reputations.

Powerful yet lean, Corprew thrives when he’s able to knife through the lane for slashing baskets. He’s also a fine handler and passer for shooting guard, and he can defend any of the perimeter positions due to his quickness and strength.

Meanwhile, his jump shot has become a legitimate asset as well, which hasn’t always been the case.

”I’m still developing and getting better, and just playing my game,” Corprew said. “I’ve really been working on my jump shot, getting up at six in the morning and getting up like 100 shots.”

The next step in his evolution may be to enhance his viability as a combo guard. Though able to defend many point guards, he still must develop the decision-making skills to earn his coaches’ trust when playing on the ball.

”I’m working on my handles and my IQ on the court,” Corprew said. “I’d like to improve on that.”

Because he has received so much exposure both with QEA and Boo Williams on the EYBL circuit, Corprew has been able to comfortably accelerate his recruiting process. He recently pared his contenders to a quartet.

”I shortened my list to Florida State, Cincinnati, Kansas State and Texas,” he said. “I’m going to take all of my visits in the fall.”

Corprew’s game should slot well either uptempo or at a more methodical pace, because he’s such a versatile defender and improved shooter. For that reason he doesn’t have to sweat the technical, style of play particulars as much as his peers. His decision will be based more on feel.

”(I’m looking for) a family based atmosphere and try to get to know everyone and start a new family somewhere else,” he said.

Corprew presently is a three star prospect but likely will receive a promotion by the end of summer.

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