Shannon’s stock has tanked last couple weeks IMO. His ball handling is below average right now and he doesn’t shoot the three well enough to be a 3 and D guy. I think he’s decent defensively right now but honestly I expect more out of him on that end. He really needs to become a stopper.
Err…couldn’t we just say it’s not a surprise because Shannon isn’t a second round lock and his NIL could be above what G-Leaguers make?
I'm just going based on what I'm reading and seeing with scouts and mock drafts and the like, folks.
A couple things to keep in mind
1. NBA scouts will have absolutely zero recency bias. The awesome Shannon from the holiday period gets equal weight to the brick and turnover machine of recent games. Maybe even more weight because some of those games were against fellow NBA prospects. Shannon's tape against UCLA will have the opposite effect of Ayo's tape against Baylor.
2. Shannon's game is pitch-perfect for the modern NBA. That's a separate question from whether he's good enough. But the things he does on a basketball floor are tuned to the pro game more than the college game and the only thing NBA scouts care about is demonstration of the skills privileged by the pro game.
And of course Shannon is a guy who athletic testing is going to like, and who is going to look good to the eye test in a workout environment.
None of this is a surprise. 2nd roundish range is what his draft stock has looked like for years. In stepping into a larger role at Illinois you saw both why he has NBA scouts attention and also why they aren't willing to bet on him higher up the draft.
God knows this board and college basketball fans in general have decried the "unfairness" of the NBA draft process for decades. It offends our sensibilities that a player like Terrence Shannon could be treated as an equal of someone like Ayo Dosunmu. But that's the reality, the fact that he's been a narrative failure as a Big Ten alpha dog is utterly meaningless because the Big Ten is nothing like the NBA. And there's no comparison whatsoever to Kofi, whose slim and contingent NBA scout curiosity was unequivocally and irrevocably 100% gone by February of last season.