Arguably the best sleeper shooter in the draft, Jeriah Horne has gained some traction as the draft approaches. As a sixth year senior, Horne averaged 16 PPG, 7 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.7 BPG, and 2 TOPG on shooting splits of 44/42/84. Below is his full scouting report:
Name: Jeriah Horne
Wingspan/ standing reach: 6’8/8’5 ½
Hand size: N/A
Pre-Draft team: Tulsa
Tools: Shooting, motor
- Lightning fast release on jumper with great touch and form
- Elite spot-up shooter
- Comfortable shooting off the dribble
- Can hit shots at any angle from any spot
- High motor
- Good frame
- Strong work ethic
- Good rebounder
- Underwhelming athlete
- Limited defensively on-ball
- Old for the draft
- Needs to get more consistent handling the ball
- Must reduce turnovers; averaged more turnovers than assists
Jeriah Horne is a sharpshooting wing with a strong motor that reflects his religious work ethic.
Horne’s main NBA trait will always come down to shooting, and the strengths come from within the subset of shooting: stand-still shooting, movement shooting, shooting with range, and ability to fake and shoot off the catch. With a lightning fast release, Horne’s shooting versatility makes him an intriguing shooter.
Beyond shooting, Horne never takes a play off, and he is always working to get better on his game. His motor, size, and instincts allow him to stay in most plays defensively. In Portsmouth at the Portsmouth Invitational (PIT) he was knocking down shots, scoring 20+ points, while also holding his own on drives defensively. If this defensive ability due to intensity and IQ translates to at least hold his own and not be a liability, Horne has a good chance of sticking in the NBA.
Players with Horne’s intangibles and elite shooting ability make him worth gambling on as an investment as a shooter that could eventually earn minutes in the NBA. As Horne continues to go through interviews and workouts, I expect him to make a strong impression on front office personnel, which will get him chances in Summer League, the G League, and training camp.
Similar to: Aaron Nesmith, CJ Miles, Damion Lee, Wayne Ellington
Projected draft range: 55-undrafted
Expected role: Shooter off the bench that can be relied upon on the defensive end as at least a neutral impact player.
Unplayable if: His game will go as far as his jumper takes him. If he is missing consecutive shots, he will struggle to be a positive NBA player.
Exceeds expectations if: Jump shot becomes elite, meaning he will be an NBA role player.