While Boston Celtics fans may view this point on the calendar as the final stretch of the 2021-22 regular season and as a time in which the team will look to continue to ride their momentum towards the start of the NBA postseason, for basketball fans as a whole, there are two words that resonate with this current month: March Madness.
That’s right folks, the NCAA Tournament is officially upon us, and, this year, we’ll be seeing a bevy of high-end talents worthy of taking their skills to the next level participating in the illustrious event.
Of course, while these promising youngsters certainly have separated themselves from the rest of the collegiate pack, when looking at many of them perform on the hardwood it’s hard not to see some similarities between them and those who came before and, more specifically, those who went on to the big leagues.
Making pro comparisons is an activity that happens all the time when discussing top NBA prospects and, just recently, the folks at Bleacher Report made a list linking 17 players in this year’s tournament to their pro counterparts, with one even being compared to a core player for the Boston Celtics.
Kentucky guard, TyTy Washington Jr., has been a true standout player during his freshman season at the division one level.
Through 30 games played, the combo guard has managed to showcase his impressive two-way skills and abilities to thrive on and off-ball for the Wildcats (both are attributes NBA teams highly covet from young prospects) which, to B/R’s Jonathan Wasserman, draws quite a similar style of play to the C’s trade-deadline grab in Derrick White:
Well-rounded and competitive defensively, TyTy Washington Jr. can look like Derrick White, an easy fit for any lineup with his on- and off-ball skills and the ability to guard both backcourt positions.
On the year, Washington finds himself posting solid per-game averages of 12.8 points, four assists, 3.5 boards, and 1.3 steals on 50 percent shooting from the floor and 35 percent shooting from deep.
Projected to be taken within the top-10 picks of this year’s draft, should the All-SEC selection wind up performing to the level that Derrick White has throughout his tenure in the league, using a mid-lottery pick on the likely one-and-done stud could prove to be well worth it for whichever team winds up nabbing him.