Wallace’s well-rounded skillset catching eyes
ONE OF the most balanced prospects in the 2023 NBA Draft Class, Cason Wallace has likely impressed a number of sides in the world’s biggest basketball competition.
Boasting one of the most well-rounded skillsets, Wallace can do a bit of everything and his versatility has seen the guard shoot into top-10 contention over the past couple of months.
His time on the Kentucky Wildcats has been the perfect platform to showcase his ability, and Wallace has now announced himself as one of the best two-way guards to be selected in this year’s draft.
TEAM: Arizona Wildcats
HEIGHT: 6ft 4in
Wallace rose to stardom during his time playing for Richardson High School’s basketball team, where he quickly became the number one option and began terrorising defences on both ends of the court. He was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Texas in his senior year after averaging 19.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game.
Due to the buzz surrounding his senior campaign, Wallace was heavily scouted by a number of colleges. Kentucky won a three-horse race for his signature, beating the likes of Tennessee and Texas after promising the prospect a spot as a starting point guard.
So far in the 2022/23 season, Wallace has posted averages of 11.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game on 46 per cent shooting from the field. These numbers have solidified his ability to run an offence using his balanced arsenal of skills.
There are not many players more consistent across the board than Wallace ahead of the upcoming draft, with the 19-year-old solid at almost every facet of the game.
He is one of the best two-way performers in this class, offering value on both ends of the court with his dynamic offensive game matching his hounding nature when guarding the ball handler.
While he is not elite at any one area of the game, his foundation in every category will allow NBA sides to develop his game either in-game or in the G-League.
He is a consistent enough shooter, with a quick and fluid motion that will likely be developed in the coming years. Although he does not take many difficult shots, Wallace has quite a bit of range and if he can continue to push as a perimeter threat, it will make him much more damaging in transition.
His pass IQ is one of his biggest strengths, but instead of using elite dribble moves to create space and draw in the defence, Wallace uses his strength to push into the paint and his passes to teammates are often pinpoint.
There is no doubt Wallace is one of the best defenders in the class, defending any opponent with ferocity. He can guard three positions thanks to his low centre of gravity and extremely quick hands.
Wallace is the ideal 3-and-D guard in the modern NBA, and his extremely consistent work on both ends will likely be rewarded on draft night in June.