Michigan commitment David DeJulius has had a productive summer in the EYBL running with The Family. Here is a scouting report on what DeJulius brings to the court, and what areas still need improvement.
It didn't take long for the Michigan Wolverines to identify David DeJulius as a prospect they wanted in the 2018 class. DeJulius committed to the Wolverines in December very shortly after receiving an offer from John Beilein. The offer and subsequent commitment from DeJulius came in the middle of a big junior year for DeJulius. Since then he has run the show for The Family in the EYBL, and has had a solid spring, here is a full breakdown of his game.
At around 6-feet tall, there is no doubt that DeJulius is best on the ball as a primary ball handler. With that said, there is no question that DeJulius' first instinct is to score. So far this spring DeJulius has averaged 13 points per game in the EYBL while shooting 37 percent overall and 34 percent from distance. Also DeJulius has chipped in with 5.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds per contest.
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Currently the best thing DeJulius does is create space for himself off the dribble. DeJulius has an absolutely lethal step back jumper, and he is capable of making it both in the mid-range and from distance. While DeJulius doesn't have the speed to go past a ton of defenders off the bounce, what he does do as well as any prospect in the class is stop on a dime, and create space to make his jumper. This makes him very difficult to guard in isolation situations, and even coming off of ball screens.
Also DeJulius has the look of somebody who will be an excellent catch and shoot guy from three. Though his shooting percentages are modest right now, a lot of that is due to the fact that he is still learning the balance between a good shot and a bad shot, and when to look for his own versus getting others involved. As he gets to college and that becomes more clear, DeJulius has the stroke of a 40 percent three point shooter and someone who can really threaten a defense from beyond the arc.
Another place where DeJulius excels is with intangibles. One thing a lot of young guards are missing in this day and age is communication skills, but on the court DeJulius talks on both offense and defense, and shows some leadership qualities in that regard. Also he is a kid who is tough as nails and plays with an extremely high motor.
Where DeJulius needs work is with his passing and decision making. While he is definitely someone who handles the ball and plays on the ball, there is some question on if he is a shot first point guard or a small two guard.
Too many times during the spring DeJulius has either made bad reads in transition situations or simply made bad turnovers with inexcusable passes. DeJulius sees the floor okay, but he does seem to struggle with who to pass to and when to get them the ball. Also several times he has tried to throw the ball to guys when quite simply there was no chance of the pass getting through the multiple defenders in the way.
Learning to make the simple play along with just being a better passer are two things that DeJulius will really need to focus on as he gets ready to go to Michigan as well as when he enrolls. That development will be key in determining what type of player he becomes in the Maize and Blue.
There are some tools to work with for DeJulius, he can be a high volume scorer with a nice shooting stroke, but there are also concerns. The next year of development will be huge for him as he hopes to compete in what should be a crowded in talented backcourt in Ann Arbor.