The first thing that jumps out to you about Admiral Schofield is his size. Not because he’s that big, but because you expect him to be bigger after watching him on the court. He plays as though he’s at least 6-foot-8. Perhaps the 240 pounds and the 6-10 wingspan have something to do with it, but I think it’s because of his style of play.
Schofield is physical, both in stature and in style. He will bang with the best of them — take a licking and keep on ticking, to borrow the catchy watch commercial phrase from years ago. But he’s not just a big body. Schofield can shoot and shoot well. He averaged 16.5 points his senior season at Tennessee while shooting over 47 percent from the field and a very admirable 41.8 percent from three. Of course his thunderous dunks are what haunts opponents’ dreams, and there were plenty of them for the highlight reel.
He’s a very good rebounder for his size and that goes back to his style of play. Rebounding is about two things: position and desire. And Schofield has both the physical gifts to get to the right spot and the want-to when it comes to grabbing boards. Offensively, he can score in many ways — from the perimeter to creating off the dribble and even fighting through screens to get open. Schofield can cover multiple positions because of his lateral quickness and has the strength to guard bigger players. As a Kentucky fan I can tell you, this guy is a key reason the Volunteers had one of the best seasons in program history — and took down my Wildcats, too. He came to play in big moments, averaging 18.4 points and 6.3 rebounds against ranked opponents. He’s a talented leader who got better every year at Tennessee.
The biggest issue with Schofield’s game is his lack of free throws. And I don’t mean makes. I mean attempts. For his size and given how much he seems to thrive on contact and physical play, he doesn’t get to the line nearly enough. In his senior season, Schofield averaged only 2.3 free throws per game. He’s a big body who should consistently be able to put pressure on the defense when driving to the lane. But because he’s a good shooter, sometimes he settles for the pull-up jumper rather than driving in to take a foul. He also can improve his passing skills for the NBA level.
He would be an excellent bench option for the Sixers. Schofield would give them the physical play they sometimes lack with their up-tempo style. Plus, when you combine Schofield’s ability to score with his rebounding, that’s a lift off the bench the Sixers just haven’t had in a while. They’ve usually had one or the other. At 22 years old and with a high basketball IQ, Schofield knows who he is and can play a role when asked.
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