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Drexel 2021 Recruiting Class Breakdown
Tuesday, 26 October 2021
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Melik Martin
by Bill Martin
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This is a breakdown of Drexel's 2021 Recruiting Class. Each player has been rated based on the scale from Recruit Recon, it's been a few years since I've posted anything on here but the rating system remains the same.

Expanding on the rating I provided detailed scouting reports for all the players that I was able to watch game footage on. From there I also included an Overview to show what I thought about the pickup and then Expectations to detail out what I expect to see from each player this year and beyond.

I also threw in a a Closest Drexel Comparison, which just shows what Drexel player's game I felt these prospects most resemble. None of these guys play exactly like anyone else, this is just a way to better illustrate what type of player's they are.

I wrapped this post up with some final thoughts on the class and an overall grade.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Melik Martin (6-6 Combo Forward) - Monmouth Transfer with 1 year of eligibility
Rating: N/A
Closest Drexel Comparison: N/A
Scouting Report: N/A

Overview: I was not able to watch any game film on Melik so I can't give a proper evaluation on him, but I like this pickup regardless. Productive D1 transfer, was 3rd team All-Conference in the MAAC and vastly improved his game from junior to senior year. In under 8 additional minutes per game as a senior, he more than doubled his scoring (12.5 ppg up from 5 ppg), nearly doubled his rebounding (5.7 rpg up from 3.0) and doubled his assists (1.7 apg up from .8 apg). All his shooting percentages increased as well. Most importantly his three point percentage went from 27% to 40% while taking more than triple the amount of three point attempts from the year before.

Expectations: Melik should step right into the starting forward spot that opened up with the departure of TJ Bickerstaff (Transferred to Boston College). While his ceiling is not as high as TJ's, Melik's improved perimeter game and outside shooting ability might be a better fit for Spiker's system.


Trevion Brown (6-2 Combo Guard) - CSU Pueblo (DII) Transfer with 2 years of eligibility
Rating: 2.5
Closest Drexel Comparison: Troy Harper

Scouting Report: Trevion is an athletic combo guard that is more effective with the ball in his hands, than playing off the ball. While not a pass first point guard, Trevion has good vision and can create open looks for his teammates. Especially by driving into the lane and then finding the open man out beyond the arc. At times he will force passes though and some of his passes can be slightly off target. When lookin to score, Trevion can create his own shot off the dribble or get all the way to the hoop. He possesses a quick first step and utilizes dribble hesitation moves to get by his man or create space. With how high he elevates on his jump shot he doesn't need much space to get his shot off. Although very confident in his jump shot, this confidence can lead to him taking bad shots at times. From mid range he is more consistent than his three point shooting, as he only shot 26% from beyond the arc last season. Defensively he has some tools to be a quality defender (quick hands and good lateral speed) but doesn't do a great job of staying in front of his man. Seems more interested in trying to get a steal than preventing his man from scoring.

Overview: Much like Melik I like this pickup because Drexel gets an experienced player that can contribute immediately. Trevion also addresses a weakness that this team has had since Cam has been at Drexel, which is the absence of a capable backup point guard. Trevion was very productive at the DII level and the adjustment to DI shouldn't be as difficult for him as other DII transfers, because he played two years at Coastal Carolina before transferring to CSU Pueblo. Also in CSU Pueblo's lone DI game last season, against Colorado State, he had one of his best games of the year scoring 28 points.

Expectations: Trevion will back up Cam Wynter at the point and should provide shotmaking and playmaking ability at the point guard position, that in the past few years has been sorely lacking when Cam is on the bench. This should allow Cam to rest more and not have the offense completely drop off a cliff. He should also see minutes off the ball when Cam is in the game, but his inconsistent outside shooting may limit his minutes there this year, especially with so many quality shooters on the team competing for minutes. We could however see him late in games alongside Cam as a secondary ball handler and because he shot 86% from the charity stripe last season.


Terrence Butler (6-7 Forward) Freshman out of Bishop McNamara HS
Rating: 2.5
Closest Drexel Comparison: Kazembe Abif

Scouting Report: Terrence is a lefty forward who can play inside or step out and knock down jump shots. Although he can knock down mid range jumpers and has range out to three point land, Terrence tends to do most of his damage near the hoop. Where he really excels is driving straight at the hoop and converting with his left hand. He has a knack for getting a step on his man and shielding them with his body to get the layup off. When he gets the ball closer to the hoop he finishes well in traffic especially with his left. On the boards he is very active and does a nice job tipping the ball out when he can't pull down the board himself. Defensively Terrence is better suited to play inside as he can be beat off the dribble by smaller quicker players. He does however do a nice job of staying on his feet and just getting his hands up to contest shots.

Overview: With the roster as is, Terrence will have time to develop his game before he is called on to play major minutes. If he can prove to be a consistent shooter from the perimeter he could be a very productive stretch four for the Dragons.

Expectations: Terrence won't be expected to contribute much in year one as he is joining a pretty experienced roster. Most likely he will be the third man off the bench at both the 4 and 5 spot. Next year he could see an expanded role with the departures of James Butler and Melik Martin.


Ata Can Atsüren (6-3 Shooting Guard) Freshman from Turkey
Rating: 2.5
Closest Drexel Comparison: Kari Jónsson

Scouting Report: Ata is a deadly three point shooter. His jump shot is pretty, with a smooth shooting motion and a quick release which enables him to get shots off without much space. Where he can improve his shooting, is off the dribble. At this point he is a much more effective shooter when he can just catch and shoot, not having to create his own shot. He does move well without the ball to get open looks though. While he is a very confident shooter, Ata is not a gun and will pass up a good shot for a teammate to get a better shot. There were times where I wanted to see him be more aggressive with his shots, but he is very unselfish. Where his unselfishness hurts him a bit is in transition where he is too passive. Besides his three point shot Ata can also put the ball in the basket with some crafty floaters, although this part of his game is a bit inconsistent. He also need to work on finishing better in traffic. Ata can put the ball on the floor some and can act as a secondary ball handler in a half court set. He also possesses good court vision to find the open man after driving into the lane. He's not a guy that is going to jump out of the gym but he does have decent foot speed and enough lateral quickness to not be a complete defensive liability. His defensive technique needs work but he is a willing defender giving plenty of effort on that end of the court.

Overview: You can never have too many shooters and Ata is a high level perimeter threat who can contribute in other ways as well. I really like this pickup as Ata should fit well into Spiker's system and can contribute immediately as a floor spacer when his number is called.

Expectations: This is the hardest player to project in this class for his role this year. Overall I think he will be a productive player that will really cause problems for defenses with his three point shooting. In year one though, Ata is coming into a crowded backcourt, joins the program late as he just committed to the Dragons in mid August and has to adapt to life in a new country as he is from Turkey. If he can adjust to the speed of the game and get the right opportunity he could contribute immediately. Problem is that he will competing for minutes on the wing with Xavier Bell, Mate Okros, Coletrane Washinton, Mate Juric and possibly even Lamar Oden and Trevion Brown. An injury or a cold shooting night could push him into action, but regardless he will provide much needed depth out on the wing.
 
  
Overall Thoughts and Grade on this class: While I don't think this class has any surefire superstars, I believe this is a good recruiting class for an experienced team looking to fill holes rather than revamp or rebuild. There was one starting spot up for grabs and that was filled with an All League Player that fit's in perfectly with the offense. A glaring weakness was addressed by adding an experienced backup point who can provide some offensive pop off the bench and the two freshman can be very productive long term but could also contribute right away if the opportunity presents itself.
  
Grade: B-
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 October 2021 )
 
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