Name: Collin Sexton
Birth Date: Atlanta, Georgia
Birthplace: January 4, 1999
NBA Comparison: Eric Bledsoe
Sexton is one of the most exciting players in this year’s draft. His balance of athleticism and grace offensively gives him the potential to be an instant difference maker at the NBA level. Sexton is showing signs of development as a play maker as well which will add balance to his already elite offensive skill set.
Sexton possesses a high motor which shows the potential of him being a tenacious defender at the NBA. His drive is unmatched. In his one season in college, he willed a pretty mediocre Alabama team to an NCAA tournament berth. The NCAA tournament birth should be a given for a player of his skill set. With Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons being unable to bring their poor supporting casts to March, Sexton deserves some credit.
Sexton shows incredible speed and quickness balanced with a very tight and controlled handle of the basketball.
Sexton shows explosiveness at the rim that allows him to finish among the trees despite only being 6-foot2. His excellent dribbling ability on the perimeter combined with his consistent shot making, make him a lethal pull up jump shooter. He’s an aggressive shooter as well which doesn’t hurt.
He’s a very good play maker out of the pick-and-roll. He excels on drives to the basket with the ability to find the roll or pop man which will keep opposing defenses off balance.
Sexton has a fire under him that not many players his age come into the league with. He has a Russell Westbrook-like desire to be the best on the court on any given night. His motor will power him through nights when he’s struggling offensively. He will force himself to be a factor in other aspects of the game.
The competitiveness shows on the defensive end as he balances quickness and reaction ability to be a nightmare on the perimeter.
His competitiveness can be a detriment to Sexton as well. He often gets caught up in his emotions during a game. It’s not a rare sight to see Sexton get caught up in the highs and lows of a game. When things are going wrong, he tends to force up bad shots, play out of control off the dribble, and lose focus on the defensive end.
Sexton needs to put on some muscle entering the NBA. His 6’2″, 184-pound frame might just be too small for him to finish at the rim on the NBA level consistently.
His shot selection can be poor in some situations. He’s not an elite shooter by any means but his confidence shows otherwise. He gets caught taking ill-advised contested pull-up jumpers. He’s not the most efficient offensive player by any means.
While there are only two or three point guards in this year’s draft lottery, Sexton has real potential to be the best of the crop at the NBA level. His high impact scoring ability makes him an instant difference maker when gets into the league.
Sexton’s relentless style of play will endear him to most NBA organizations because you never need to question his effort on a given night.
Those same organizations that love his scoring potential and his motor will need to understand that they are taking the good with the bad.
At his best, Sexton will be an impactful scorer who wills his team to victory through grit and high-intensity effort. On his bad days, he’s going to show signs of being emotionally unstable on high impact situations and signs of inefficiency offensively.
His poise and shot selection can be worked on at the NBA level. The game-changing tools Sexton possesses is enough to warrant selecting him in the top-10 of this year’s draft.