NBA Scouts Compare Scoot Henderson To Derrick Rose And Ja Morant: “Very Similar Level Of Pop”

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NBA Scouts Compare Scoot Henderson To Derrick Rose And Ja Morant: “Very Similar Level Of Pop”


Other than the can’t-miss prospect Victor Wembanyama, one name that has been dominating the draft conversations is the 18-year old guard Scoot Henderson.

Henderson previously skipped his senior year of high school to sign a two-year deal with the NBA G League Ignite. He has already played 21 games for Ignite and has averaged 14.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game on 44.9% shooting from the field.

He may not be the favorite to go first overall, Henderson is still one of the most intriguing prospects and is looking like the lock for the No.2 overall pick. Jumping out as an athletic slasher, the 18-year old Ignite standout is now drawing comparisons to Derrick Rose and Ja Morant.

Per The Athletic:


“Teams absolutely love that about Henderson,” The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie wrote regarding Henderson’s mindset and attitude. “But more than that, they love his talent and athleticism. It’s hard to find a more functionally impressive athlete as a lead guard prospect. Henderson is 6-foot-2 with a 6-foot-9 wingspan, and has all sorts of pop as an athlete. His first step is lightning quick. He is a terrific leaper. But more than that, he understands how to moderate it. He changes paces at an elite level. He has poise and is a good decision-maker. His balance and body control are elite tools for someone with this kind of explosion. It permeates his game.”

“This is why the two most popular points of comparison I hear from scouts in the NBA for Henderson are Derrick Rose and Ja Morant. Rose had a very similar level of pop prior when he was at his MVP-level best. Morant has a similarly killer mindset while mixing together playmaking and scoring at a high level.”


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