By John Fanta
FOX Sports College Basketball writer
After the franchise’s first appearance in the playoffs in five years, one of the elements of Chicago Bulls NBA the wish list was a defensive stopper.
Before anything else happens, Dallan Terry responds to this description of a T-shirt.
And the added bonus around picking number 18 in the draft is that it is far from complete.
The combined 6-foot and 7-foot guard from Phoenix is an NBA-ready fighter who keeps the ball extremely well for a 19-year-old. In Arizona, Terry made the All-Pac 12 defensive team last season and had a positive impact on both ends of the floor for the Wildcats team, which managed to head to Sweet 16.
At the offensive end of the floor, Terry averaged 8.0 points and 3.9 assists per game, demonstrating brilliant passing ability. His 3 to 1 assist rate was impressive, and given his 7-foot-long wing length, the fact that he played the point as well as he did and made so many plays for others speaks volumes. why Terry is intriguing.
His decision to stay in the 2022 draft surprised many evaluators, as the thought was that Terry would be selected by the lottery in 2023. However, his shares rose from a backend player in the first round to a top-20 selection in this draft. .
Dalen Terry throws a monstrous dunk in the Pac-12 title game
Dalen Terry threw a beautiful one-handed shot to increase Arizona’s lead over UCLA Bruins in the Pac-12 Championship.
So what’s negative about Terry?
His jumping shot needs help. Mechanically, Terry is a fickle shooter and lacked confidence in his strike against Arizona. He needs to understand this part of his skill set and can use some time to get his body fully formed as well.
But Terry does too many small things to overshadow a still-developing jumper, so Chicago may have gotten a theft at 18. It’s an upward choice, but it’s not all up, because Terry is already defending and allocating over his years.
Beyond the skill set, Terry’s motorcycle and effort were never an issue. In fact, this is a huge reason why he is Chicago Bull.
“His ability to adapt and play every game with the same energy attracted us to him,” said Bulls vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnishovas.
“The only thing that really stands out is just his energy, his enthusiasm and his desire to learn, get better and grow,” added Bulls head coach Billy Donovan. “If you talk to someone about Dalen, the thing that comes out loud is his passion and competitiveness and his desire to win.”
Chicago’s transitional style of play, which focuses on suffocating players on the perimeter and turning stops into results, really fits Terry. He will add to the core of rough players in the perimeter in Alex Caruso, Lonzo Ball and selected from the second round for 2021 Ayo Dosunmu.
In terms of what the scouts say, an anonymous opinion summarizes Terry’s prospects quite well:
“Daylon is a solid player and his basketball IQ is very high. He is one of the best 1-3 defenders in the draft. His body and shooting are the biggest questions, but he’s a great kid who wants to be in the gym. Terry would “fail” if the shooting took too long and he wasn’t allowed to do what he did best, being a playmaker, but I think the teams will let him do that. ”
As for Terry, he has a chip on his shoulder even if he is not elected higher.
How do you think about his entry in Bulls? Terry has felt a connection since training in Chicago in May.
“I really wanted to be here,” Terry said as he spoke to reporters on the night of the awards. “It’s crazy. I called my agent right after, (training). I said to myself, ‘I have to be there.’ It’s great they picked me. Man, I’m so happy.”
“I wanted to go to the Chicago Bulls. I love him. I’m ready.”
Between the fit, the endurance that Terry plays that matches what the Bulls are trying to be, and the offensive range, Chicago may have chosen outside the lottery we see as a home run selection years later.
John Fanta is a national college of basketball and a writer for FOX Sports. It covers the sport in a variety of qualities, from calling FS1 games to serving as a lead host on the BIG EAST Digital Network to providing commentary on The Field of 68 Media Network. Follow him on Twitter @John_Fanta.
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