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2023 NBA Draft: Evaluating Keyonte George's Season at Baylor

An inconsistent but explosive year in Waco, TX leaves a wide range for the NBA Draft stock for Keyonte George.
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There is no denying the talent of Baylor guard Keyonte George, which at its peak lands him squarely in lottery conversation and even as high as the top eight.

George had 12 games this season where he scored 20-plus points, some of those games against the likes of Kansas, Kansas State, Virginia and Arkansas.

The inconsistency comes from the Lewisville, TX native also having 14 games in his freshman season where he shot below 30% from the field overall.

This led George to averaging an impressive 15.3 points per game but doing so on shooting splits of 38% from the field, 34% from beyond the 3-point line and 79% from the charity stripe.

Another important note comes from our own, Nick Crain, who saw George in person earlier this year and stated that he had that presence about him even in warmups where you knew he was the best player in the gym.

The 3-point shooting is a decent number considering the volume, 6.9 attempts per game, which is also represented by his Cerebro Sports 3-point efficiency (3PE) score of 83.

At 6-foot-4, George is going to have to improve this efficiency to be a nuclear scorer for an NBA team or provide more value in other areas of his game than what he showed at Baylor.

The IMG Academy alum does not post any other Cerebro Sports individual metrics above a 69 which combines for an overall C-RAM score of 8.0, which is respectable but not quite as impactful as what you would want from a lottery pick.

George did show some nice flashes as a playmaker this season, 16 games with three-plus assists and seven with five or more, but finished the season with a negative assists to turnover ratio overall.

On the defensive side of the ball his size limits his overall versatility, but there is still some intrigue with him as a point of attack defender when he is engaged and focused.

At the end of the day, George’s NBA ceiling will be determined by his ability to get buckets at a high level, but continuing to improve the tertiary aspects of his game will absolutely raise his floor and mitigate the risk factor of drafting him.

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