Scouting Report: Dion Wiley

HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- Dan Painter breaks down Dion Wiley at the National Hoops Fest at DeMatha Dec. 14, when the Maryland signee and his Potomac squad took on St. John's.

Player: Dion Wiley
Height: 6-3
Weight: 195 pounds
School: Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.)
Venue: DeMatha HS (vs. St. John's)


Athleticism: Wiley is a decent athlete, though not spectacular. He has good strength, runs pretty well and can get over the rim on occasion. He needs to possibly drop a few pounds to increase his quickness, which will enable him to defend better.

Shooting: On this night against St. John's, Wiley's shooting was subpar (3-of-13), but normally it's his calling card. Wiley was one of the premier shooters on the Nike EYBL circuit this summer, so he's gotten it done against elite competition.

Ball-handling: An underrated facet of Wiley's game... In fact, he played a good bit of point guard against SJC, though for Potomac to win big this year, he needs to be in a scoring mode.

Passing: Wiley sees the floor well, and again, because of his shooting prowess, his passing is often overlooked. But he will find teammates when they're open.

Rebounding: I'd rate Wiley an above-average rebounder. He jumps OK, but has excellent strength and can grab a few boards in traffic because of that.

Defense: I'd like to see a little more effort on that end of the court, but again, most high school stars are so important to their teams in terms of scoring points that defense is sometimes not emphasized. But defense is the one part of Wiley's game that does need to improve in time.

Intangibles Wiley is a quiet kid, so he doesn't seem to take on much of a leadership role with Potomac. He's their best player, so that might be an area where he can step up. He also has a tendency to take plays off here and there.

Summary: A motivated, in-shape Dion Wiley is a very good prospect. Though he can play some point guard on occasion, he's clearly a "two" -- and one of the nation's best shooters. He'll help the Terps early on if he gets in tip top shape, concentrates on his defense, and shoots as he's capable of. Offensively, he can be quite effective both as a shooter and passer.

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