The NBA Draft will turn the page to the 2019-20 season next Thursday, June 20. While the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team is not projected to have any first-rounders this time around, however, both Oshae Brissett and Tyus Battle are vying to get picked in the second round.
Before you (hopefully) tune in next week, we wanted to profile both Syracuse players that will warrant consideration. Today, that starts off with sophomore forward Oshae Brissett (see below if you’re also looking for O’Shae, O’Shea, Oshea or Oshay as well).
Name: Oshae Brissett
Weight: 210 lbs.
Hometown: Mississaugua, Ont.
Expert Draft Projections: Undrafted
- Per-game: 12.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1 steal
- Percentages: 39.3% FG, 27% 3PT, 66% FT
- Per-game: 13.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1 steal
- Percentages: 37% FG, 30.6% 3PT, 74% FT
Game(s) to Watch:
- 2019 vs. Louisville (7-for-15 shooting, 2-for-4 from three, 16 points, 8 rebounds)
- 2018 vs. Arizona State (7-for-15 shooting, 3-for-8 from three, 23 points, 12 rebounds)
Brissett had the best standing vertical leap among forwards at the NBA Draft Combine (34 inches), second-best NBA break-left shooting percentage (80%) and best NBA break-right shooting percentage (also 80%) among forwards, too. He hit 80% from the top of the key (second among forwards) and 80% on the move 15 feet from the rim (also second). Some of those numbers also put him among the top five players at all positions.
Over the course of two scrimmages at the combine, he was 7-for-17 from the floor, hitting 2-of-5 from outside and scoring a total of 20 points. He also had a combined nine boards. This was in about 49 minutes of game time.
Brissett brings a ton of athleticism and some range in spurts. His ability to get rebounds is a big plus, and that could increase in the right NBA system. So could his shooting ability, really. At Syracuse, he was part of a lackluster offensive scheme that relied almost exclusively on isolation sets and three-pointers. That’s not really much to go off of if you’re scouting him. His numbers also went up (along with those of other Orange players) when the team was moving the ball better. It’s no stretch to say he could add another 10-15 pounds of muscle at the NBA level, which could make him a tough assignment if he keeps his relative quickness. After tweaking his shot for the worse last year, workouts have seemingly addressed the issue to some extent.
Shooting mechanics can be repaired to some extent, and that’ll be the hope for any team that drafts Brissett. After a strong freshman campaign that saw solid ability from three and the free throw line, he regressed from both areas as a sophomore — though did shoot better from the floor overall (39.3% vs. 35.4%). One frustrating part of Oshae’s game has been his inability to finish strong at the rim. But if teams don’t ask him to do much of that and keep him as a three-and-D guy, it’s his best bet to make it as an NBA player. Whatever happened with free throws this past season also needs to be addressed. He’s progressed too much as a shooter overall to be so bad from there (66% in 2018-19) or from beyond the arc (27%).
Fun Fact: Brissett’s middle name is “Jahve,” which is one of several modern reconstructions of the ancient Hebrew name of God (Yahweh). There are also translations that assign the name “Jahve” a more demonic connotation.
TNIAAM Draft Prediction: Personally, feel like he had to have received some sort of sign that he’ll be picked, or will be strongly considered, to take the leap here. There’s plenty of use for an athletic forward that can rebound well, play some defense and shoot from outside. Any selection probably won’t be ‘til later in the second round, but at that point, a lot of teams are drafting on potential and projects that start their NBA careers in the G League. That’s not a bad spot at all — save for the fact that he won’t be able to pick the best landing spot for his skills, which has been a problem for many recently drafted Orange players.