A two time All-Big 12 guard and an NCAA champion, Adam Flagler had a decorated college career as a great shooter. As a senior, Flagler averaged 15.6 PPG, 4.6 APG, 2.4 RPG, 1.2 SPG, and 1.7 TOPG on splits of 43/40/79. Below is his full scouting report:
Name: Adam Flagler
Wingspan/ standing reach: 6’4.5/8’1
Hand size: 9.25
Pre-Draft team: Baylor
- Excellent shooter both spotting-up and off the dribble
- Strong feel for the game
- Good motor
- Mistake-free guard with an outstanding AST/TO ratio
- Operates an efficient P&R
- Great runner/floater
- Quick first step with good burst
- Mild size for his role as a combo guard
- Inconsistent high defender; can get caught ‘off guard’ by quick first steps
- Needs to prove better rim pressure & finishing over length
- Purely a below-the-rim finisher
- 2 point scoring/finishing at the rim
Adam Flagler is a shooting-oriented guard with abilities on-ball, both as an individual scorer and creator for others. With a clean, quick jump shot both off the dribble and spotting up, Flagler is one of the top shooters in the class and should carry shooting gravity into the league right away. While his 124 off the dribble threes are likely to see a reduced count, his shooting ability is going to attract defenders, which means he will have to be able to attack closeouts either as a slasher or a pull-up shooter. In order to maximize this ability, NBA teams will want to see Flagler prove himself as a finisher at the rim more consistently. While he has a reliable runner and floater, Flagler must get better at finishing around and through bigs at the rim.
As a playmaker, Flagler is incredibly mistake-free, which negates some of what NBA teams may be concerned about is his lack of creativity as a passer. Flagler makes the right reads out of pick & rolls, which is the most commonly run player in the NBA, and doesn’t go for home run plays often. As a secondary guard, the same role he often played next to LJ Cryer at Baylor, Flagler provided strong off-ball value while remaining positive when needing to run the offense.
Defensively, Flagler is a bit inconsistent, and struggled to defend high drives, particularly players with quick first steps. Flagler already is at a disadvantage due to his mediocre size, but being a step behind drives will require him to play with a rim protector behind him most of the time. Luckily guard defense can be easily hidden, and for that as long as Flagler’s offense is positive, he too should be an overall positive player.
At 23 years old (turns 24 in December), Flagler has an immediate-value play for NBA teams looking to find a cheap, end-of-draft alternative to a free agent addition. With strong shooting ability, mistake-free offense, and a strong work ethic and feel for the game, Flagler is easy to bet on as one of the biggest sleepers in the draft with the combination of skills and intangibles that every NBA team looks for.
Similar to: Tim Hardaway Jr, Bryn Forbes, Devonte’ Graham
Projected draft range: 45-undrafted
Expected role: Shooter with the ability to be trusted to handle the ball and run offense when the alpha/lead guard is unable to do so.
Unplayable if: Defense against high P&R and drives don’t become more consistent, as well as if his finishing doesn’t become close to average.
Exceeds expectations if: Playmaking and defense take a jump, making him either a complete offensive player or a 3&D wing.
Miscellaneous Synergy Stats:
Catch & shoot 3s: 31/77 (40.3%)
Off the dribble 3s: 48/124 (38.7%)
Runner: 19/37 (51.4%, 89th percentile)
P&R Ball-handler: 90th percentile
Spot-up: 85th percentile