Jamaree Bouyea led the San Francisco Dons to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998. As a 5th year senior, Bouyea made the All-WCC and averaged 17.3 PPG, 5 RPG, 4 APG, 1.8 SPG, 1 BPG, and 2.3 TOPG on shooting splits of 47/37/76. Below is his full scouting report:
Name: Jamaree Bouyea
Wingspan/ standing reach: 6’7/ 8’0
Hand size: 9 ¼
Pre-Draft team: San Francisco
Tools: P&R playmaking, shot creation
- Flashy handle
- Comfortable going left
- Good in the P&R
- Ridiculously deep range on his jumper
- Gifted athlete
- Quick first step
- Long arms and good frame to grow into
- Good vision and can pass out of drives and traps
- Active hands and can strip ball-handlers easily
- Slithery around the rim in avoiding contact
- Poor on-ball defender against drives
- Often out of stance on defense
- Needs to get stronger and add weight
- Spot-up jumper is awkward and blockable
Jamaree Bouyea is an under the radar prospect that got shine in the NCAA Tournament, as well as the Portsmouth Invitational and G League Elite camps following his 5th year senior season. Despite playing 5 collegiate seasons, Bouyea turns 23 just days before the draft, making him young for his class.
Offensively, Bouyea dominates in every way a team could want: isolation scoring, deep range off the dribble, pick & roll playmaking, and finishing around defenders at the rim. As a creator, Bouyea has an elite handle that he uses to separate on the perimeter from defenders on his hip, giving him open looks. He can do this from anywhere on the court due to his deep range; teams cannot sag off of him once he crosses half-court, otherwise he will make teams pay with shooting off the dribble from the logo, with consistent accuracy. However, in order to truly maximize his role, he will need to improve as an off-ball guard, hitting spot-up jumpers and making his catch & shoot jump shot less blockable.
As a playmaker, Bouyea’s assist total undersells his true passing ability. Surround him with more NBA talent, and his production per minute skyrockets. He had advanced passes that threw off his teammates at times, resulting in turnovers. Bouyea can navigate the P&R at an advanced level, knowing when and how to score or pass out of screen sets. Combined with his ability to drive & kick, skip passing ability, and finishing around defenders midair at the rim, his P&R prowess should be one of his best day one traits.
Defensively, Bouyea is a likely negative. Between his skinny frame and often gambling for steals or being out of stance, he can be beat on perimeter drives rather easily. His best bet as a defender is being a steal-machine, forcing turnovers by pressuring ball-handlers from 35+ feet, or playing off-ball as an interceptor. With long arms (+6 wingspan), Bouyea should be able to thrive in this role. If the defensive woes at San Francisco were effort based following him having to carry a large load offensively, he has potential to impact shots with his long arms and good lateral quickness. Regardless, defense remains a question mark with his skinny frame and questionable defensive intensity.
At the Portsmouth Invitational, Bouyea didn’t pop despite being arguably the best player at the tournament. In the G League Elite camp, he didn’t earn a graduating invite to the NBA Draft Combine, but also didn’t struggle. His lack of pop in these events with similar caliber players may be a flag, which could be a worry about his game scaling up to the NBA. Adjusting his play-style to the era and his teammates, with his often mid-2000s play style, will be key in him succeeding in the NBA.
Similar to: Chris Chiozza, Sebastian Telfair
Projected draft range: 50-undrafted
Expected role: Microwave guard that can create offense in a variety of ways, serving as the primary on-ball guard to manipulate defenses.
Unplayable if: Defensive woes limit his game, and overall shooting percentages don’t translate, but rather follow his first 3 years’ trajectory.
Exceeds expectations if: Ability to swerve around defenders at the rim translates, and his floater develops into a reliable weapon after beating his defenders. Additionally, his spot-up shooting develops and his form improves enough to avoid being blocked.