Quick first step, gets to the rim in a hurry
Good in transition, uses speed to put pressure on the defense
Has a good feel off the ball, makes timely cuts
Good defensive instincts playing the passing lanes
Doesn’t finish well with contact
Poor shooter from the 3pt line (31.1%)
Must improve his decision making and shot selection (black hole)
Needs to get stronger and put on some weight
While Blake is very explosive in the open court and has a good first step, he must improve his ability to finish in and around the lane; he only shot 43% at the rim, and for a guy who gets to the rim as much as he does those numbers have to improve. I believe when he gets stronger and puts on weight, that part of his game will improve. He must also extend his range to the 3pt line as he shot 31% on 173 attempts.
ACC All-Second Team (2022)
ACC All-Freshman Team (2022)
Vs. Georgia Tech – Atlanta, GA – 1/8/2022
Did a good job of utilizing his ability to drive to the basket which he did at a high clip, resulting with several crafty finishes at the rim, to set up catch and opportunities from the 3pt line where he shot 3-7 for the game. He also shot it well from the mid-range knocking two from about 15ft. I was impressed with his ability to play-make, getting into the lane and kicking out for open shots, I would’ve liked to see him do it more as he seems to get tunnel vision with the ball in his hands. He also was a little loose with the ball leading to several four turnover, which two were un-forced.
Volume Shooting Analytics:
Wesley has a strong enough trend to determine his potential as a volume shooter. This data signifies that Wesley will likely not have a future as a high volume three point shooter. At high volume, he is projected to shoot just 33% from 3. While respectable, he is likely better as a spot up threat used sparingly.
This data was created by AJ Wahl by ploting each game of a player's most recent season. The x-axis represents the amount of threes taken per minute, in order to normalize for minutes played. The y-axis is simply the player's three point percentage in that particular game. The line represents the trend between a player's three point volume, and their success. A upward slope means that a player gains efficiency as they shoot more often, and a downward slope means that a player loses efficiency the more shots they take. Note that 0.2 3PA/36 is roughly 7 3s, and 0.3 translates to 11 3s. Only players with an R^2 value above .04 were analyzed, to ensure that each player has at least some correlation between their attempts and their frequency.
Defensive Versatility Analytics:
Wesley struggles in defensive versatility, falling in the 36th percentile. He does not succeed in any particular area, which is disappointing with his positional size.
This data was hand-tracked by AJ Wahl and Bryon Cook. Every single defensive possesion of each player's season was analyzed. This dataset includes all possessions when the defender is guarding on-ball, in man-to-man, and against a player not within their position group who shoots the ball, is fouled, or commits a turnover. The percentile listed above is a players standing compared to their postion group calculated by compliling and weighing various different metrics derrived from the hand-tracked data. This data only measures a portion of a player's impact, but it is clear that the ability to defend out of one's position group is a vital skill to contributing to winning basketball at the professional level.