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Draft Notebook: Ziaire Williams, Tre Mann, Jared Butler, and More


As our Babcock Hoops staff 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 that we’ve seen recently that have stood out to us:


Ziaire Williams

Height: 6’8”

Weight: 185

Position: SF/SG

Class: Freshman

School: Stanford


Game: Stanford @ Colorado

Date: 1/16/21


Game Stats: 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals



Comments: "Although this was the first time I had a chance to see Ziaire Williams in a Stanford uniform, I had seen him at various high school events prior and I’ve been impressed. A long, smooth shooter and scorer, Williams came into this season with lofty expectations. In this specific game against Colorado, he was able to show why so many people are excited about him. Although he has an extremely thin and frail physical build, he compensates for his lack of physical strength with aggressiveness. I was happy to see how assertive he was on offense — he hunted for shots in a healthy manner. I don’t necessarily trust his ball skills completely and he did have 6 turnovers in this game, but from a long-term outlook, I think he has a high enough basketball IQ to pick and choose his spots of when to put the ball on the floor. His bread and butter is certainly the mid-range, as he has a knack for creating his own shot using minimal dribbles. He is a good outside shooter as well, however, considering how the game is played in the NBA today, I think he will need to adapt and adjust to become more of an outside shooter first, and a mid-range scorer second. He reminds me of a slightly longer version of Rip Hamilton, who was a three-time NBA All-Star. He is considered a likely lottery selection, and for good reason in my opinion." - Matt Babcock, NBA Draft Analyst


Tre Mann

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 190

Position: SG/PG

Class: Sophomore

School: Florida


Game: Florida @ Mississippi State

Date: 1/16/21


Game Stats: 14 points, 6 assists, 4 turnovers, and 3 steals



Comments: “With his two best teammates out (Keyontae Johnson and Scottie Lewis), Tre Mann could have exhibited more of an alpha mentality and spearheaded his team. However, he was still relatively passive and did not look to attack often. Mann’s stat line is misleading, as he scored 7 points in the final minute when Florida was in desperation mode. Nonetheless, he did flash some nice passes throughout the game. Mann is definitely better than he played today. His touch, positional size, and smarts as a defender can help him become a nice role player at the next level. Still, his lack of high-level athleticism and aggression attacking the rim will likely cap his upside. He reminds me of a poor man’s Tyrese Haliburton, operating as a combo guard who can function on and off the ball. I didn’t see a bonafide NBA translatable skill in this game, but it was a poor game all the way around.” - Jeremy Berman, Director of Research and Analysis


Jared Butler

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 195

Position: PG/SG

Class: Junior

School: Baylor


Game: Baylor @ Oklahoma State

Date: 1/23/21


Game Stats: 22 points, 6 assists, 1 steal, and 2 turnovers



Comments: “After testing the NBA draft waters last season, Butler returned to Baylor and has proven to be one of the best shooters in the country thus far. He has shot the lights out, hitting 49.4% of his attempts from deep on 5.8 attempts per game, including 6-for-7 in this game against Oklahoma State. Known for being a terrific ball handler and passer, Butler has also shown flashes of being a solid scorer in both isolation and the pick-and-roll, displaying a nice combination of patience and wiggle. He’s mature, intelligent, and handles pressure well with the ball in his hands, rarely appearing rushed or hurried into poor decisions. The ability to hit open shots and remain clean in decision-making are key traits of backup point guards in the NBA. The 2021 point guard crop isn’t incredibly deep, so Butler has a real opportunity to solidify himself as one of the best options.” - Derek Murray, Director of Scouting


Davion Mitchell

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 205

Position: PG

Class: Junior

School: Baylor


Game: Baylor @ Oklahoma State

Date: 1/23/21


Game Stats: 8 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block



Comments: “Davion Mitchell has really come into his own this season, solidifying himself as a viable option in the 2021 NBA Draft. At 6’2”, 205 pounds, and shooting 42.1% from deep, he’s caught the attention of scouts across the country. At first glance, I noticed how strong and physical he is in both his upper and lower body strength. Mitchell uses his strength and tremendous feet to create advantages on both ends on the floor. On offense, he’s very difficult to stay in front of, as he’s crafty and gets downhill quickly. On defense, he uses his lateral quickness and upper body strength to stop drives and hold position against opponents. He has the ability to create plays for both himself and his teammates and is certainly a guy to keep an eye on.” - Derek Murray, Director of Scouting


Isaac Likekele

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 215

Position: PG/SG

Class: Junior

School: Oklahoma State


Game: Baylor @ Oklahoma State

Date: 1/23/21


Game Stats: 9 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, and 2 turnovers



Comments: “An underrated defender, Likekele continues to impress on that side of the floor. With long arms and a powerful frame, he’s a menace on and off the ball, causing problems for opponents regularly. He’s averaging 11.8 points and 3.9 assists per game this season, but his potential NBA role on offense