Jarace Walker- Shooting and Pace
Walker shot 34.7% from 3-point range in college, but only sank 66% of his free throws. Free throw percentage is often a mark of potential as a shooter, so he’ll need to prove that his shot is as successful as it looks on paper.
It’ll also be notable how Jarace reacts to the Pacers’ speed of play. Summer League teams run the same systems as the affiliated NBA teams, so expect a lot of high-speed transition plays from the Pacers. Jarace flashed some potential as a playmaker at Houston, so he may be highlighted as a connector in the offense. If he adapts to the pace of play well, it could be a good sign for his career in Indiana.
Ben Sheppard- Shooting and Physicality/Defense
Sheppard was a four-year player at Belmont and his 3-point shot improved each season of his career. He made a scorching 41.5% of his threes in his senior season. As a mid-major college player, it’s hard to tell how the level of competition in his college career will match up to that of the NBA.
He’s an aggressive and physical defender on tape, but it’s yet to be seen how that physicality will translate into the league. Summer League is a good environment for Sheppard to work out some of the adjustments needed to defend without fouling in the NBA. Players are allowed 10 fouls before fouling out in Summer League, which is conducive to player development. Sheppard can use these games to showcase his physical style of defense and efficient shooting stroke.
Stats via ESPN.