FSU guard trending upward in latest 2020 NBA Mock Draft

Devin Vassell has been one of the key pieces for the Florida State basketball team this year. After flashing signs of potential during his freshman campaign, the sophomore guard has turned out to be not just a great leader, but arguably their best player. As his performances begin to ramp up, is there a chance we might see him leave school early and go pro?

Vassell leads the team in both points (13.1) and rebounds (5.2) per game. He is shooting 49.5% from the field, which leads all FSU players outside of the two post-oriented players, Koprivica and Olejniczak.

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Vassell checks in at 6-foot-7, weighing roughly 195-pounds. He is listed as a guard but plays some forward as well. 

In regards to his style of play, Vassell is a perimeter-centric player who can space the floor with his ability to shoot from three or in the mid-range. In addition, he possesses the athleticism to get into the lane and finish with authority when needed. On the defensive end, he uses his length, quickness, and instincts to harass ball-handlers, grab steals (1.6 per game), and record blocks (1.1 per game). 

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Vassell’s play so far this season has been so good, it has caught the eye of NBA scouts and draft analysts.

This situation is very similar to last year, with former forward/center Mfiondu Kabengele. After scratching the surface during his redshirt freshman season in 2017, Kabengele blossomed into a star for the Seminoles last season. Shortly after their tournament run ended, Kabengele announced his intention to leave school early. It turned out in his favor, as he was selected #27 overall by the Los Angeles Clippers. 

At the next level, Vassell projects as a wing who will spend the majority of his time on the perimeter. His style of play, basketball IQ, and willingness to compete on both sides of the floor translates well in today’s positionless league. Many organizations are searching for “3-and-D” players, and Vassell fits perfectly into that mold. 

The full mock draft can be found at https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/bulls/2020-nba-mock-draft.

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