Tyler Honeycutt (UCLA)
(6'8 SF/SG, 190 lbs.)
Tyler Honeycutt is coming out after his Sophomore Year at UCLA. He came to UCLA as a skinny player with a high skill level and while he has played well enough to tantalize scouts as a prospect, hasn't lived up to expectations. He's a streaky shooter capable of big games but didn't break out as much as expected.
player. He has a great basketball IQ and shoots with great form. He plays with a smooth and slippery style, generating mid range shots off of backdoor cuts or creases in the defense.
Tyler has great ball-handling for a
player his size, but is unlikely creative or strong enough to
break down NBA defenders off the dribble regularly.
If he can add weight (his frame should support that) and a more consistent shot, he might have an easier time fending off the defenders. With a bit more weight on his frame and his height at shooting guard, he could develop a mid post game using his height and passing instincts to score or find teammates.
Defensively, is where he can make his living at the next level. Tyler has a great basketball IQ, solid lateral quickness, and a great wingspan. He should be able to defend the two or the three effectively.
He averaged nearly seven rebounds, two blocks, and a steal a game which shows his versatility and activity level. He can defend multiple positions and play with a high motor. Adding strength would address his major defensive weakness of fighting through screens, but he has a lot of potential on the defensive end.
Overall, Tyler is an intriguing prospect and who's game should translate well at the next level if he adds strength and consistency to his jumper. His most resembles a Courtney Lee, Tayshaun Prince or Doug Christie. He has solid handles, great passing vision, good shooting form though an inconsistent shot, and great defensive ability.
Tyler should be drafted anywhere from mid to late first round and will probably be a steal in this draft. This draft is dearth in talent and skill, and while Tyler is not going to be a superstar, he should be a player in the league for a long time.
How does he fit on Bulls?
The Bulls need a secondary ball-handler and creator who can defend and shoot. While Tyler is currently a streaky shooter, he does provide potential in all the areas we need.
He's versatile enough to handle the ball, play defense, and has potential to develop into a quality NBA shooter while playing with a high basketball IQ. He played well in the clutch on both ends of the floor, making big plays on offense and defense. While he's not someone can take over a game, he has all the characteristics of a great role player.
If the Bulls want Tyler, they will likely need to use their two picks to trade up to grab him. His draft status will likely improve as the workouts continue. He'll need to prove to teams that he has the work ethic necessary to add weight and improve consistency on his shot.
While he might be a year away from major contributions, he could play spot minutes for the Bulls right away based on skill level and excellent defense. I do feel that he is one of the high basketball IQ players that would provide more impact than most players in the mid-20's and he is one of my favorite players in this range.
He seems to also be one of those players that just gets it and has a knack for doing things that don't show up in the stat sheet. I think he would do well as a backup shooting guard initially with potential to blossom into a starter after some seasoning.