• Babcock Hoops Staff

Draft Notebook: Cade Cunningham, Moses Moody, Brandon Boston Jr., and More


As our Babcock Hoops group sets out to cover ground watching live basketball in person and gathering pertinent information on NBA prospects, we’ll keep you updated on our evaluations through this draft notebook series. Here are some of the players we’ve seen recently that have stood out to us:


Cade Cunningham

Height: 6’8”

Weight: 220

Position: PG/SG

Class: Freshman

School: Oklahoma State


Game: Arkansas @ Oklahoma State

Date: 1/30/21


Game Stats: 21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals


Comments: “The early favorite to go #1 in the 2021 Draft, Cunningham is a powerful guard with the potential to be a jumbo initiator at the NBA level. He came off the bench in today’s game after missing some time, but upon checking in he made an immediate impact. In his first possession of the game, he forced a steal, which set the tone on that end of the floor. He plays with tremendous footwork and physicality, which allow him to defend multiple positions at a high level. On offense, Cunningham started slowly, but when it really counted late in the second half, he took over. With strength and a combination of dribble moves and shot creativity, he was able to get in the lane on multiple occasions, as well as display a beautiful mid-range jump shot. He’s not an explosive athlete and can be turnover prone, but is one of the more complete prospects we’ve seen in a while. He has the ability to control the speed of the game and is extremely polished as a passer and facilitator. With excellent vision, body control, and feel for the game, Cade Cunningham has the tools to be a force in the NBA for years to come.” - Derek Murray, Director of Scouting


Moses Moody

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 205

Position: SG/SF

Class: Freshman

School: Arkansas


Game: Arkansas @ Oklahoma State

Date: 1/30/21


Game Stats: 17 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST


Comments: “Moody entered 2020 ranked #40 in the RSCI, but has looked like a potential lottery pick since day one. At 6’6” and 205 pounds, he has NBA size and a frame that should allow him to continue to grow; he also has a reported 7’0” wingspan which he uses to his advantage on both ends of the floor. Oklahoma State ran a 2-3 zone for a lot of the game today, allowing Moody to show off some versatility. He alternated playing zone buster in the middle of the key as well the corners, making quick, correct reads out of both with regularity. His assist numbers won’t blow you away, but I don’t believe that the small number is indicative of his passing ability. He can create for both himself and others and has one of the smoothest strokes in the country. His athleticism and length give him a high release point with beautiful mechanics. While he’s not an elite defender, he plays with discipline on that end, using his length to deter passes with an ability to contest shots from anywhere on the floor. There’s a lot of buzz around Moody, and I feel he won’t be on the board long come draft day.” - Derek Murray, Director of Scouting


Brandon Boston Jr.

Height: 6’7”

Weight: 185

Position: SG/SF

Class: Freshman

School: Kentucky


Game: Kentucky @ Alabama

Date: 1/26/21


Game Stats: 8 points and 6 rebounds


Comments: “Boston’s struggles this year continued in this game. He struggled to make shots, separate from defenders, and often settling for tough pull-ups. We’ll need to see him make the kinds of shots that he did in high school, to reach his potential. He has great positional size as a shooting guard. Despite his scoring struggles, he seems to be a really good teammate. He gave a lot of effort defensively and on the glass and had a positive mindset throughout this game. However, he’s going to have to prove his ability to make shots over good defenders to halt his slide down big boards.” - Jeremy Berman, Director of Research and Analysis


Keon Johnson

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 186

Position: SG/SF

Class: Freshman

School: Tennessee


Game: Kansas @ Tennessee

Date: 1/30/21


Game Stats: 8 points and 1 rebound


Comments: “Keon Johnson is an interesting prospect. On one hand, he is an elite athlete that has tons of potential, especially on the defensive end. On the other hand, what he brings to the table on offense is a bit underwhelming, although he does pull off some spectacular plays from time to time. I do like Johnson and I think he is worthy of being a solid first-round pick, however, until he proves to be more of a threat from the perimeter and on the offensive end in general, I will be hesitant to move him up another notch in our rankings.” - Matt Babcock, NBA Draft Analyst


Jaden Springer

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 204

Position: SG

Class: Freshman

School: Tennessee


Game: Kansas @ Tennessee

Date: 1/30/21


Game Stats: 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists


Comments: “The first word that comes to mind when thinking of Jaden Springer is “solid.” At 6’4” with a thick and strong build, Springer is about as good as it gets as a physical perimeter defender. He also has a smooth and repeatable outside stroke that I think will translate to the next level well. Although he made several nice passes to set up his teammates with easy buckets in this game, I do not necessarily trust his ball skills or overall point guard abilities, and subsequently, I do think he is limited to only playing as an off the ball shooting guard. Similar to my thoughts on his teammate Keon Johnson, I question how much offense Springer can create, which limits my excitement in him to a certain extent. However, I have no doubt that he will become a “solid” NBA player at the very least.” - Matt Babcock, NBA Draft Analyst


Isaiah Jackson

Height: 6’10”