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Former Mizzou guard Tramaine Isabell declares for the draft

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So here’s something I wasn’t really expecting to see when he left Columbia a while back: Former Mizzou guard Tramaine Isabell, who just completed his first season at Drexel, is declaring for the NBA draft.

Since Isabell is not signing with an agent, he’ll have the opportunity to return to school, and honestly, I don’t really care to evaluate his odds of sticking in the pros, either this year or down the line. I just wanted to take the time to share exactly what Isabell did at Drexel this year:

  • 34.4 minutes per game
  • 21.0 points per game (31st in D1) on 55% 2-point shooting (486th in D1), 35% 3-point shooting, and 76% free throw shooting. He drew 5.7 fouls per 40 minutes (136th in D1).
  • 7.5 rebounds per game (21-percent defensive rebound rate, 170th in D1)
  • 3.4 assists per game (22-percent assist rate, 315th in D1)
  • 1.2 steals per game

He took nearly 30 percent of his team’s shots when he was on the court and ended up with a 29 percent usage rate. In conference play, he was second in usage, third in percent of team shots, fifth in assist rate, sixth in fouls committed per 40 minutes, seventh in fouls drawn per 40, ninth in defensive rebound rate, 11th in 2PT%, 17th in ORtg, 23rd in FT%, 24th in TO rate, and 25th in 3PT%.

Damn.

Now, he’s 6’1, 180. That makes his rebound infinitely impressive but also limits his pro potential. But Drexel doubled its CAA win total in 2017-18, and the Dragons were 1-4 without him and 12-16 with him.

While we’re at it, here’s how other former Tigers fared in 2017-18:

  • Wes Clark (Buffalo): 29.9 MPG, 15.5 PPG (48% FG), 5.4 APG, 3.5 RPG, one shining moment for a 27-9 team that reached the second round of the NCAAs
  • Jakeenan Gant (UL-Lafayette): 25.5 MPG, 13.7 PPG (55% FG), 5.8 RPG, 2.3 BPG for a 27-7 team that won the Sun Belt
  • Johnathan Williams (Gonzaga): 29.2 MPG, 13.4 PPG (56% FG), 8.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.1 BPG for a 32-5 team that reached the Sweet 16
  • Namon Wright (Colorado): 22.9 MPG, 9.7 PPG (44% FG), 3.5 RPG, 1.1 APG for a 17-15 team
  • D’Angelo Allen (William Penn): 22.7 MPG, 8.9 PPG (47% FG), 5.6 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.8 BPG for a 30-5 NAIA power

Some had to move to a different level to find success, but most have found success.

Not that we needed a reminder of this, but Kim Anderson’s problem wasn’t recruiting or having talent on the roster. Development and retention? Problems.

No idea why I just stirred up this hornets nest. GET THESE HORNETS OFF OF ME.


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