Australian William McDowell-White got off to a slow start at the prestigious Basketball Without Borders, but he more than made up for it on Saturday and Sunday, earning a spot on the camp All-Star team.
On the opening day, McDowell-White was forced to play off the ball and struggled to have a major impact. But on day two, he slid over to his natural position – point guard -- and proved himself as one of the best guard prospects at camp.
At 6-foot-5, McDowell-White has very good size and strength for the point guard position. Although he’s not super quick, McDowell-White plays at a good pace, does a good job of mixing up his speeds.
Where McDowell-White really impresses is with his feel for the game. He’s effective in pick and roll situations and at BWB, he consistently made the right read. His passing is top notch, as is his vision. If he were in the United States, he'd be regarded as one of the top three passers in high school basketball.
Although not known for his scoring, McDowell-White did a good job of finishing when he had opportunities in the paint. But he also proved to be a capable shooter off the catch from deep. He even connected on three threes in one of the 16 minute games. If he continues to improve his shooting long term, he raises his stature as a prospect.
McDowell-White, who took visits to Arizona State, Fresno State and Texas A&M in the past three weeks, is the top available point guard prospect looking to attend college next season. His performance at camp was so impressive that one NBA executive asked me who could possibly be a better prospect at the point guard position in 2016 than him.