DeAndre Bembry is a small forward from Saint Joseph’s University. Bembry is 6’5 and has a wingspan of 6’9. For the year, he averaged, 37.3 minutes per game, 17.4 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game, 4.5 assists per game, 0.8 blocks per game, 1.4 steals per game, while shooting 47.9% from the field, and 26.6% from three.
- Size and length
- Does not lack confidence
- Tremendous finisher
- Good mid-range shooter
- Good shooting mechanics
- Excellent court vision
- Very good passing skills
- Great ball handler
- Does not turn the ball over
- Excellent rebounder
- Plays passing lanes extremely well
- Good body control on defense
- Shooting consistency
- Poor free throw shooter
- Will force quite a bit of shots
- Decision making
- Defensive effort
- Foul prone
- Tweener prospect
- Needs to add more strength
DeAndre Bembry had a great final season at Saint Joseph’s. He was able to lead the Hawks to the NCAA tournament, including an upset over Cincinnati, and then taking the number one seeded Oregon Ducks to the brink in their second game. Bembry has quite a bit of work to do to find himself in NBA role once he is drafted, but if an NBA coaching staff can put together all of his parts, he will be a tremendous addition.
On offense, Bembry has tremendous confidence in his overall game. He loves to attack the rim, and does it with ease, he sees the court extremely well, and can find the slightest opening to exploit the defense. His ball handling skills are good enough to allow him to ISO his man, and usually gets around him for easier baskets. His mid-range game is not bad, but does need more consistency. If he plans on continuing to attack the basket at the next level, Bembry really needs to improve his consistency, as he shot below 68% this past season from the line. Bembry does have good mechanics, but the ease of getting to the basket caused him to stray away from shooting jumpers, and therefore he hits a low percentage. This also translates to the three point line, where Bembry is either hot or cold, and it usually is the latter. As I said above, Bembry has good court vision, which allows him to be a great distributor. His half court offense still needs a little work, as his decision making can be questionable, where he will look to force a pass or take a contested shot, but this should subside when he is not the focal point of a team. His questionable shooting also makes it hard to slot him at the next level. He does not have the range to be a shooting guard, but lacks the size to be a good small forward. His success at the next level will be developing a jump shot.
On defense, Bembry has all the physical attributes to be a dominant defender, he just does not have the mental drive on defense that he has on offense. He plays passing lanes extremely well, which he uses to start the attack in transition. In the paint, Bembry has good abilities to prevent his man from scoring. His length, mixed with good leaping ability makes it very difficult for opponents to get a shot over him. The perimeter is where Bembry struggles. Loving to ISO his opponents, you would think Bembry would excel at this on defense, but he gets blown by quite often. This causes him to reach, and get in foul trouble. As a rebounder, Bembry is tremendous. He uses great fundamentals, mixed with his athleticism to get dirty in the paint.
Overall, Bembry has potential to be a solid two-way player at the next level. Whether or not he can be a starter is still questionable due to his shooting and defensive effort. He has the mechanics to become effective in catch-and-shoot situations, but his reference for attacking the rim leads to him not practicing his mid-range game. Bembry’s defensive lapses can be attributed to him playing such a high volume of minutes, and being the main offensive guy. In a smaller role, Bembry should be able to give max effort on both ends for his future team. Bembry has a stock of 25-40. He will need a few seasons to find his niche in the league, but will be able to come off the bench for a contender, and give solid minutes without hurting them too much.
Pro Comparison: Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes has a lot of expectations coming into the league, but looks to have peaked as a good to great role player. He will never be a top three option for a team, and that is a role I see from Bembry coming into the league.
Offensively, both players are the most effective when attacking the basket. They have good vision of the defense, and can get to the paint for highly convertible shot attempts. In the mid-range game, both Barnes and Bembry show the ability to be effective in catch-and-shoot situations, but both struggle with consistency. Neither has poor shooting mechanics, just are inefficient shooters. The three point line can be favored to Barnes, who has more consistency from range, but is still not a knockdown shooter from three. Both players have good court vision, which they use to find open teammates for easy looks. Ball handling goes to Bembry who has more confidence in his ability to create a shot for himself, something Barnes can struggle with to this day.
Defensively, both players have the physical attributes to be tremendous defenders, which they show at times, but do have a lot of lapses. They are better in the paint, where their supreme athleticism and length make it very difficult for opponents to get a shot off. They often get beat on the perimeter, and commit fouls. In terms of rebounding, both players are god rebounders, but Bembry does have the advantage coming into the league. Bembry just expresses a desire to be a difference maker on the board, you do not see with many college players.
As noted above, Barnes has found a niche with the Golden State Warriors, and expecting him to be a dominant offensive piece at this point in his career is crazy. Bembry does have more offensive confidence than Barnes coming out of school, but his overall ability his lesser than Barnes coming out of North Carolina. Bembry will need at least one season to find himself in a bench role. I see Bembry developing into a 10-13 points per game player at the next level, and the possibility to be a good to great defender with more mental emphasis to get better.
By: Mac Crowe, @Mac_Truck17