A 4 year player at Georgia Tech that earned All-ACC honors as a senior, Michael Devoe had a productive career as a Yellowjacket. In 2021-2022, Devoe averaged 18 PPG, 5 RPG, 3 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.4 BPG, and 2.8 TOPG on shooting splits of 46/36.5/73. Below is his full scouting report:
Name: Michael Devoe
Height/Weight: 6’5 / 183
Wingspan/ standing reach: 6’6 ½ / 8’2 ½
Hand size: N/A
College/ country: Georgia Tech
Tools: Playmaking, shooting, size
- Good size for a PG
- Good shooting touch
- Great playmaker that sees over defenses easily and can run an offense
- Possesses a very tight handle
- Can be active in forcing turnovers
- Low release on jump shot with slow base
- Mediocre defender that can be beat by quick first steps
- Plays below the rim
- Left hand dominant as a dribbler and finisher
- Lacks explosion
- May struggle to adapt to NBA pace and surrounding athleticism
- Mediocre frame
Michael Devoe is a shooter that can force turnovers and handle the ball, allowing him to play both guard slots.
As a primary/lead guard Devoe has a tight handle that can help him get through traffic and find any cutter or open shooter following a collapsed defense. With a steady head up, Devoe does a good job of seeing the floor and keeping the ball moving out of any set, including pick & rolls. However, as a self-creator, Devoe is limited in creating shots at any area of the floor against defenses. This is largely rooted in his lack of explosion and left-hand dominance, becoming predictable in his next moves. The best case for him winning as a self-creator is that his tight handle & strong hesitation move can manipulate one-on-one defenses or out of pick & rolls to abuse a mismatch.
Off-ball, Devoe offers high-level shooting as a spot-up shooter at 6’5. He has a strong pump fake that can deter hard contests, often opening up a wide open shot. Devoe is a widely different shooter on open vs contested jumpers: Per synergy, he shot 48% on open spot-up attempts, but just 25% on spot-up jumpers against closeouts/contests. In order to best open up jump shots, he will have to move off-ball at a high-level, use pump-fakes a lot without becoming predictable, or use his lethal step-back jumper. The best case scenario for Devoe is that teams forget about him on the perimeter in collapsing on the best shooter on the floor, leaving him open for easy looks to convert on. If this is the case, Devoe will find a path to playing time in the NBA.
Defensively, Devoe’s lack of length, mediocre footspeed, and mild recovery ability make it hard to project Devoe being a positive defender. His best overall role relies on simply being a shooter offensively, which would require putting Devoe on the worst offensive player at all times and avoiding switches onto offensive juggernauts.
Overall, Devoe has a path to the NBA via shooting and guard versatility offensively. He must adapt to NBA tempo and learn to play at multiple speeds, while also reducing left hand dominance and becoming more consistent from 3 against tight defenses.
Similar to: Roko Ukic
Projected draft range: 55-Undrafted
Expected role: Backup PG in 2-guard lineup with shooting potential, vision, and defensive playmaking
Exceeds expectations if: Shooting translates and his size gives him a physical advantage on both ends of the floor, and makes up for his lack of explosive athleticism. Additionally, if Devoe cuts his turnover rate and becomes a mistake-free as a ball-handler.
Unplayable if: Jump shooting doesn’t translate & left hand dominance can’t be overcome.