St. Joseph's University, Junior
6'6, 210 pounds
6'9.25'' wingspan, 38.0'' max vert
2015-16 Season Statistics: 17.4 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.8 BPG, 2.0 TOPG, 47.9% FG, 65.7% FT, 26.6% 3P
Summary: There's no doubting DeAndre' Bembry can play and that his draft stock increased after a solid outing during the NBA Combine in May. He led Saint Joseph's to its second Atlantic 10 Title in three years and lifted the Hawks to their first NCAA Tournament win since 2004 after they defeated Cincinnati in the first round. For his efforts, Bembry was named A-10 Player of the Year and earned a spot on the all-defensive team in 2015-16.
Offensive Breakdown: One of the junior's biggest strengths is his ability to score. When he attacks the basket and works in the paint, his finishing ability is off the charts. Bembry can step out and stroke the mid-range jumper, but this can also be his biggest weakness as well. Bembry needs to find consistency with a shot that has a ton of potential. Other than scoring, he moves the ball well and can execute the offense with or without the rock. In fact, his ball handling and decision making have been two areas that he has improved the most in his time with the Hawks.
Defensive Breakdown: While Bembry can play above the rim with his long, lanky wingspan, many have questioned his defensive assertiveness. He is active in the passing lanes and forces turnovers, however, when teams work Bembry in ISO situations, it can lead to a foul or an easy bucket. In college, Bembry was often counted on to shut down the opponent's best wing player, and more often than not, he was able to succeed. Scouts believe if Bembry would work as hard on defense as on offense, he could develop into an all-around player.
Draft Projection: Bembry will be a late first rounder, projected to go between picks 23 and 26. Boston could be a landing spot for him, but Philadelphia seems more likely with the 76ers having the 24th and 26th picks. That would also allow Bembry to stay in the same city as his college, perhaps providing some local comfort. Regardless of which team snags Bembry, his value in the latter part of round one could pay dividends years down the road.
Final Thoughts: Bembry is a natural born team-first leader, as noted by his St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli. Bembry knows the game and can play at the highest level, although he might not pass the eye test at first glance. He will provide a solid option off the bench, giving starting forwards a chance for a quick blow throughout the game. Bembry won't be the standout he was at St. Joe's, but expect him to be a solid role player wherever he lands.