Standing a full 6'5, Ishmael Wainwright's physique is impressive for such a young kid. The 2013 wing uses his power and athleticism to affect the game, as he's far more physically advanced that most kids his age.
While it's still really early – he's only going to be a sophomore in
high school this year – it can't hurt to go ahead and get an early feel
for Wainwright's game and its potential.
Even though he plays mainly in the post for Victor Williams' team,
Wainwright projects as a high-major wing. He has broad shoulders, long
arms, and soft hands, and could be considered high-major just on his
looks alone. But, the scouting report doesn't stop at just the physical
attributes of Wainwright.
Coming up the floor off a rebound, Wainwright showed good ballhandling
skills with both his right and left hands. He's certainly no danger to
be running the point, but he looked comfortable enough on the break and
moved with a fluid ease with the ball in his hands. When he had the
chance, Wainwright displayed excellent passing skills and seemingly had
excellent vision when going into the lane.
The progression of Wainwright's jumpshot will be one of the ultimate
factors in his recruitment as a high major prospect. He isn't a
consistent shooter yet, but the mechanics are very good and you can
tell he's been coached well since a young age. He releases the ball
high, with good arc, and always has a excellent rotation on his shots.
Even though he doesn't get a huge amount of lift on his jumper, he can
tend to drift and rotate slightly in his release, which led to him
missing numerous times to the right or left. Still, Wainwright should
have no trouble becoming a consistent shooter as he continues to mature
as a wing.
The quality coaching becomes evident when you see Wainwright seeking
out mismatches and looking to exploit them. In the Jayhawk Invitational
15s final against KC Pump N Run, Wainwright moved from wing to wing
looking for a smaller player to post up, rather than settling for long
jumpers like many young wing prospects do.
Aside from one monster one-handed dunk on the break, Wainwright had a
relatively quiet outing in the blowout win over Pump N Run. It will be
very exciting for the Kansas City area to watch this prospect continue
to grow over the next few years, and there's no question that a myriad
of elite programs will be calling on him frequently in that time.
Scouting Report: Ishmael Wainwright
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