Tyrell Terry's is one of NBA draft's most unpredictable prospects


Stanford guard Tyrell Terry has been one of the toughest prospects in this year's NBA Draft to form a consensus on. Mock drafts have him everywhere from the back-end of the lottery to late in the first round, though his stock has seemingly improved after news he has gained significant muscle and grew an inch in recent months.

Terry's unpredictable draft stock is also seen in how many teams he has interviewed with so far. While speaking with reporters via video conference as part of the NBA combine on Tuesday, Terry said 'yes' to every question asking whether he had spoken to a specific team. He confirmed he has talked to the Suns, Thunder, Sixers, Raptors, Knicks, Nets, Warriors and Timberwolves, among others.

That will only add the mystery of where he will end up.

"I think there's a lot of talent in this class, especially at the point guard position. The way I've tried to set myself apart is by being a different type of point guard," he said.

Terry's varying projections are likely due to a few factors. One is that he is a point guard and this class, as he noted, is deeper at the position than anywhere else.

There is also the fact he is undersized at 6-foot-2, or as he says "6-foot-3 in shoes." That could give teams pause as they look around the NBA and see bigger guards finding more success.

"I think there's a lot of things that I need to work on to overcome my size. The biggest thing is using my IQ in the right way and studying the game," Terry said.


Terry averaged 14.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists last season at Stanford while shooting 40.8 percent from three (4.9 3PA/g). If the shooting translates, that will certainly help him at the next level.

But Terry has also been studying smaller guards like Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and Trae Young to see how they make being undersized work for themselves. Terry is honing in on the added spacing in the NBA and making reads off ball-screens.

Terry and other prospects have about seven more weeks to keep working before the draft takes place. Then, likely several more months before they can actually show their improvement on the basketball court.