Pro Evaluation for Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick
For the past few seasons, Cincinnati Bearcats guard Sean Kilpatrick has been his team’s best player. He has received many accolades, and despite there being a chance for him to get selected in the 2013 NBA Draft he decided to return to school for his senior season. So far, he leads the American Athletic Conference in scoring at 19.3 points per game while also recording 3.6 rebounds and three assists per game.
A very strong outside shooter, Kilpatrick has effortless range. His stroke is very fundamentally sound. His shooting release is quick and efficient with a compact design. The 6-foot-4 guard’s knees consistently stay square to the basket which allows him to get in great shooting position, especially coming off of high ball screens. His decision-making is also one of his strengths, as noted by his strong assist-to-turnover ratio. Defensively, he plays an integral part in Cincinnati’s very physical man-to-man system and seemingly possesses all the intangibles that any coach would want a player to have.
As for weaknesses, Kilpatrick is in that “in-between” zone, stuck between the point guard and shooting guard positions at 6-foot-4. His length — which a lot of NBA teams look for — is lacking as well. While his outside shooting ability is one of his strengths, it is his lack of a complete offensive game that is a weakness. Kilpatrick also struggles at times to create his own shot, having to force up shots late in the shot clock which has resulted in low field goal percentage numbers. His athleticism is not elite, and his lateral quickness can be a major issue at the professional level.
I like Kilpatrick being selected in the second round in the pick 45-to-55 range. If he leads the AAC in scoring he might reach his ceiling as an early second round selection.