#3 Isaiah Canaan | G

Hometown: Biloxi, MS

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 193

Position: Point Guard

Team: Murray State

Class: Senior

Left-handed… The undersized guard prospect has a tendency to be an offensive force, relying on excellent quickness with the ball in his hands, creating separation between him and his defender and taking the ball strong to the rim or pulling-up for a jumper with excellent range. He is an elite perimeter scorer as he hit 45.6 percent of his 6.5 3-point attempts per game. He has a textbook-looking shot, a quick release and solid elevation… He proved that he isn’t just a perimeter scorer, though more than half of his shot attempts come from behind the arc; he utilizes his quickness well and can stop on a dime in the mid-range to pull-up and knock down his shots off the dribble with very good efficiency.

Canaan played well all season long, but struggled tremendously in the NCAA Tournament; he didn’t shoot the ball well at all, in large part thanks to his inability to create separation between himself and his defender- it’s going to be tough to convince scouts that he can play point guard at the next level. Especially when he stands just 6-feet tall with average length and strength. His physical profile certainly is not considered a strength of his. He relies too much on his perimeter jumper, rarely getting into the lane mostly due to size and a lack of NBA-level athleticism. When he does get into the lane, he converts at a very low rate… Canaan’s primary position will be as a point guard at the next level, but he shows just average floor vision and instincts as a passer and creator. He is average/above-average in transition and in drive-and-dish situations; he had an assist percentage of just 24.4 compared to a turnover percentage of 18.2… Defensively, Canaan only offers even more question marks- his lateral quickness looks average at best and when put in pick-and-roll situations, his lack of strength did him no favors in fighting through screens.
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