Name: Terrence Shannon
Height/Weight: 6’6 ½ / 220
Wingspan/ standing reach: 6’8 ¼ / 8’6
Hand size: 8 ¼
Pre-draft team: Illinois
Tools: Defense, slashing, athleticism
- Long strides help him separate on drives
- Good athlete with plus quickness
- Intelligent defender and rotates well; projects as a good team defender
- Capitalizes on poor decision making (defensively); loose handles, lazy passes, and telegraphed reads
- Thrives in transition
- Good finisher at the rim
- Quick first step
- Fast downhill slasher
- Good motor
- Has gotten stronger over the last year+
- Low release on jumper
- Hesitant shooter with inconsistent form
- Needs to be more comfortable with his right hand
- Needs to tighten handle
- Mediocre frame
- Panics in quick offense- struggled with less than 10 seconds on the clock to create offense
- Can have late reflexes to close-outs
- Needs to be more disciplined closing out- can be quick to go for blocks on the perimeter
- Must get better at creating for others
Terrence Shannon had a strong season at Illinois, improving as a scorer, while maintaining his defensive prowess. Shannon has a massive swing skill in his jump shooting. On one hand, the percentages from Texas Tech and free throw percentage project his shooting to translate, but on the other hand, he has a low release on his jumper and struggled to hit runners/floaters, pull-up jumpers, and sometimes had wildly bad misses from 3. His defense will always be at worst league average, and should be able to score in quick offense with an ability to score in transition. Once he develops his right hand more, he should see an uptick in his already strong slashing output. His right hand needs complete development, from dribbling and finishing, to live-ball passing. If a team is looking for a project as a two-way slasher with room to grow as a shooter, Shannon is a decent option in the second round.
Overall, Shannon offers defensive value and athleticism to fit a young team that runs in transition often (Sacramento comes to mind). If he can improve his shooting and reduce negative results that are the consequences of bad habits, including panicking as a creator in quick half-court offense, left hand dominance, and inconsistent defensive discipline, he will have value as a bench role player. Shannon needs the right spot to stick, as his developmental opportunities are unique and will need to be eased into a role, making him still a bit of a raw senior.
Similar to: Justise Winslow, KZ Okpala, Cam Reddish, Othyus Jeffers
Projected draft range: 40-undrafted
Expected role: Backup Swiss Army knife on a good team.
Unplayable if: Jump shot and right hand never develop, making teams sag off, and thus reducing his ability as a finisher and playmaker.
Exceeds expectations if: Percentages that project shooting to come along are more in line than the eye test. Shannon’s jump shot is a fatal swing skill that either makes or ruins his NBA career.