- Please salute Admiral whenever he is in the building. In today's FILMROOM we are looking at one of my personal favorite prospects in this NBA Draft Class who I believe isn't getting the respect he deserves. Schofield is basically what I envision the Juggernaut of the X-Men franchise to be if he played the shooting guard position. Especially if the Juggernaut had a high basketball IQ. Schofield is strong, plays with a tremendous amount of hustle and heart, and knows not to try to be something he isn't. That last point might sound obvious, but trust me there's plenty of players out there that try to be something they aren't. For example, Warriors veteran guard Shaun Livingston is so brilliant as a basketball player because he works to get to "his" spots on the court. He knows he's not a great outside shooter so what does he do? Livingston shows patience to get to his midrange, in order to put him in the best possible position to succeed.
- I believe that Schofield has that same characteristic. Now you're going to see a lot of offensive versatility from Admiral later in this article. Schofield has the bulk to immediately keep up with NBA athletes, and he has the college seasoning to allow him to contribute for the right team immediately in a potential contributing off the bench role. So why isn't his stock higher? Well, Admiral is a top candidate for a player that NBA teams might overthink his draft stock. Why do teams focus on getting a solid player instead of drooling over potential?
- The numbers are all impressive especially considering Schofield's weight doesn't eliminate his quickness and ability on both sides of the ball. I came away most pleased with Schofield's reported Wingspan. You usually like to see an increase of 2-3 inches on the wingspan compared to the height, but here we see that Schofield is +4, something that can only help his stock.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Remember, teams often don't "desire" the "seasoned" veteran of college basketball. Admiral Schofield's production speaks for itself. Notice the general increase in FG% throughout his 4-year career at the University of Tennessee. That's a big deal especially with the jump in field goal attempts per game. Schofield turning in splits of 47.4% from the field and 41.8% from deep SHOULD solidify his stock as a 1st round prospect, but teams aren' sold yet. The FT% is a little bit of a buzzkill, but from the film, I can see Admiral's percent going up at the next level.
VS GONZAGA 12.09.18
OFF THE DRIBBLE
- Good look here right away at Admiral's ability to create off of the dribble. Here, Schofield draws the attention of Gonzaga's Brandon Clarke, who was one of the best defenders and shot blockers in College Basketball this past season. Tough shot, but Schofield uses his explosion to get up and over Clarke.
PULL-UP IN TRANSITION
- Here's your confidence proof when you watch a player like Schofield. Admiral is no stranger to stretching the defense with his shot from downtown. Here, Schofield pulls a deep ball in transition right in the face of expected lottery pick Rui Hachimura.
OFF THE DRIBBLE PART II
- Another example of Schofield creating off of the dribble here. Admiral has the patience and IQ to know to work to get to his spots on the floor. Again, this is Admiral going right at lottery pick Rui Hachimura. All of these shots are when Tennessee needs a bucket the most as they trailed throughout this game.
CLUTCH GENE? CHECK
- Show me what you got Admiral. NBA Range here and plenty of it. Tennessee needs a bucket in the worst way, tied with less than 30 seconds remaining. I think it's important to see how draft prospects perform when their team needs it the most. Are you going to shy away or do you have the clutch gene? Admiral has the clutch gene.
VS LSU 2.23.19
- A vastly underrated part of Admiral's game is his footwork and patience. He sets up a lot of his defenders with simple hesitations even before he puts the ball on the floor. Admiral chooses his victim in this one on one situation and has him guessing before he ever attacks off the dribble. Nothing fancy here but that's his game.
- Here we get a good look at Admiral's ability to use his strength in the post against smaller guards. This looks so boring to the general fan but it's what makes Schofield great. Just a simple quick shot fake and hesitation creates enough separation for the defender to give Admiral a window for the shot.
KNOWING YOUR SPOTS
- As you even hear in the broadcast "that's the shot that all of analytics tells you not to take." Well, circle this one as a win against the analytics. This wasn't a one time shot by Schofield as you'll see below. Admiral knows that's his spot. Like I mentioned early about Golden State Warriors veteran Shaun Livingston...know your spots and work to get there.
KNOWING YOUR SPOTS PART II
- Small, quick, simple-hesitations work wonders. Look at the defender's feet here. He's dancing like crazy...trying to figure out how to stop Schofield. Admiral again knowing where he wants to go and not rushing it. The shot clock was expiring here, but that doesn't stun Admiral.
LIMITED SPACE NEEDED
- In so many words, this was a dagger for LSU in this one. You know in NBA Jam when you become "on fire" and the phrase "good shot-selection" doesn't seem to exist? Well, not saying this is a terrible shot here...but you get my point. Schofield was feeling it, and this is a TOUGH shot that he makes look easy. Great read by Admiral when he catches the ball and sees the LSU defender's momentum carrying him the other way.
VS MISSISSIPPI STATE 3.15.19
EFFORT & BOUNCE
- This isn't the only time I came across Admiral making a play like this in the film I watched. Admiral has a rare ability to have such impressive explosion on his second, and even third jumps. He also does something you simply don't see enough of anymore these days from young players...he follows his own shot. Multiple times on film, you'll see Schofield attack the board for a rebound off of his own shot, creating positioning while the rest of the floor watches. High effort play here, by someone who simply just wants the ball more than everyone else.
- This is your captain speaking. We are ready for takeoff. Great explosion off of the catch by Admiral to get downhill in a hurry with bad intentions. We encourage that you watch this one on a loop, it's just as enjoyable the 30th time compared to the 1st. Schofield is a beast, and this shows you his explosion and length when finishing around the rim.
- I'll be most intrigued by Admiral Schofield's draft stock over these next several months. He's your classic prospect that if he lands with a playoff caliber team, he could become a valuable asset for years to come. Scouts are going to question a number of things when it comes to Schofield. Is his weight going to become something negative when it comes to defending quicker wings at the next level? For someone of Admiral's toughness and physical profile, he never seemed to rack up a lot of steals on the defensive side of the ball. His offensive game will need some tooling, and I'd like to see Schofield develop more of an ability to get to the rim and free throw line. Teams will be scared because of age and experience...but I'm a believer in the Admiral.