Keep Calm and Terry on: Dalen Terry Prospect Watch

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Arizona has a few prospects in this draft with Christian Koloko, Bennedict Mathurin, and now Dalen Terry. The 6-foot-7, 195-pound wing has been shooting up draft boards thanks to his combine performance. He improved his play in his sophomore season in Tucson and that has also played a role in his mock draft surge this spring.

Terry has a plus wingspan, is an excellent defender, and could be pretty versatile in who he can guard. He was an All-Pac 12 defender who doesn’t gamble too often and likes to go for pick-sixes to turn into offense. He will have to put on some muscle to play through contact and to be able to possibly defend four positions. Here are his stats in his second year at Arizona.

  • 8.0 PPG, 1.2 SPG, 3.9 APG, 4.8 RPG
  • 50.2 FG%, 36.4 3P%, 73.6 FT%
  • 16.9 PER, 122.8 ORtg, 94.6 DRtg

The defense will be Terry’s calling card to start with some offensive creation for others coming along down the road. He shoots passing lanes well without giving up open shots, plays excellent isolation defense, and is an absolute pest on that end of the floor. Overall on the season, opponents shot just 31.5% when guarded by Terry, per Synergy Sports.

While the former Wildcat will likely get immediate minutes because of his defense, he does some nice things on offense too. He is a menace in the open court where he runs the floor well, sees the floor well, and passes the ball well in transition. He can be a playmaker for his team that doesn’t turn the ball over and can score fairly efficiently. He will have to speed up and fix his shot a little bit, but that will help him drive better and get more open lanes. Terry is likely in the 20-25 pick range for the Spurs if they decide to draft him.

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