FSU projected lottery pick providing fans with inside look to draft process

Despite unusual circumstances, Devin Vassell is putting his work on full display in hopes of boosting his draft stock even more. Due to COVID-19, the NBA Scouting Combine, as well as pre-draft workouts at team facilities, were either canceled or put on hold. The NBA draft itself, which was scheduled to take place June 25, has been pushed back to October 15. The former FSU basketball star has since taken matters into his own hands, participating in a documentary series on YouTube, titled “Devin Vassell The Process.” This offers fans, as well as NBA scouts and general managers, an in-depth look at Vassell and his pre-draft training.

Part 1 of the documentary series, titled “ANOTHER DAY IN THE OFFICE,” can be found below.

The first episode gives an inside look at a day in the gym with Vassell and his trainer of B3 Academy. Vassell stated that he is specifically focusing on improving his ball-handling and shooting on the move. “I am ready to go to whatever team, and help them win a championship, however I can, offensively, defensively,” Vassell mentioned in the clip.

Vassell has been a projected lottery pick since he officially declared for the draft on March 23. The guard/forward measures in at 6-foot-7, 195-pounds. Vassell is a perimeter-centric player who can space the floor with his shooting, or take the ball and excel in isolation. As a defender, he uses his instincts, length, and quickness to create turnovers and cause havoc (1.4 steals per game, 1.0 blocks per game). He obtains NBA-level athleticism, high IQ, and the ability to play in transition or half-court settings, which all should make for an easy transition to the professional game.

In their latest NBA mock draft, Bleacher Report has Vassell slotted in at the ninth overall pick, headed to the Washington Wizards. Fellow Seminole Patrick Williams, who only spent one year in Tallahassee, is projected to go 14th overall to the Portland Trail Blazers. The rest of the mock draft can be found here. 

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Even with being lightly recruited out of high-school, Vassell used his time wisely at Florida State, excelling under the tutelage of head coach Leonard Hamilton and staff.

In his freshman campaign, Vassell did not have outstanding numbers, due to a limited role off the bench for a veteran-heavy team. However, as the season went on, he carved out his role and earned important playing time in pivotal games.

One key moment of Vassell’s freshman season came in the ACC tournament, where FSU was down three to Virginia Tech in the final seconds. From an inbounds play, Vassell ran to the corner and drained a three-pointer to send the game into overtime. He finished with 14 points in 16 minutes, as FSU came away with a 65-63 victory. Many Noles fans knew after that moment that Vassell might be something special for the hoops program down the road.

This past year, the Georgia native exploded on the national scene. He led the team in scoring, pouring in 12.7 points per game, which included highs of 27, 23, and 18. Vassell did not have to force his way either. He let his game come within the offense, finishing with efficient shooting numbers of 49% from the field and roughly 42% from three. He also managed to chip in 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

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