First things first: If the Bulls use their No. 4 pick on Devin Vassell, it’d be more shocking than a Dennis Rodman hairstyle.
That’s not to knock Vassell, the Florida State wing. It’s just that, as a prospect listed in most mock drafts as landing lower in the lottery, he’d be more of a trade-down target.
That said, talk to scouts and executives about Vassell, as NBC Sports Chicago did on background, and the dominant word that results is upside. There’s a lot of intrigue about this fluid, athletic prospect who projects as a prototypical wing in today’s postion-less NBA.
One Eastern Conference scout pointed to the combination of Vassell’s defensive instincts, lateral quickness and wingspan as his favorite attribute. A Western Conference executive, who likened him to Mikal Bridges with perhaps more offensive potential, said he’ll be a "3-and-D" player in the league for years.
However, for a player who shot 41.7 percent from 3-point range in his two seasons in college, a predraft video of him changing his shooting form to something, well, clunkier, is a tad puzzling. Vassell also isn’t really a shot creator yet and struggles at times with his decision-making in the half court.
The Bulls are thin at wing. Vassell projects to fit the new management regime’s philosophy of filling the roster with two-way players who can contribute at both ends. Just don’t expect him to be the fourth overall pick.