Vassell has met with Warriors, says jump shot hasn't changed originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Devin Vassell is one of the top wings in this year's NBA draft class, and has been linked to the Warriors for months as a potential candidate to be selected if the organization traded down from the No. 2 pick.
Vassell, in a virtual press conference with reporters, said among other teams, he was one of the 10 prospects the Warriors chose to meet with ahead of the Nov. 18 draft.
Vassell has worked out for the Warriors, Knicks, Celtics, Magic and Hawks.
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) November 12, 2020
The Florida State product surprised many when he appeared to have altered his jump-shot mechanics during the draft training process, which especially was confounding given how proficient he was at shooting from the outside in college, topping 41 percent from 3 in both of his collegiate seasons.
Video that’s been circulating on Twitter. Devin Vassell’s form has been completely changed for the worse. pic.twitter.com/pxG0DbQxFg
— Main Team (@MainTeamSports) October 15, 2020
Vassell was asked about changing his shot, and said he hasn't done so, saying the video was taken out of context.
Devin Vassell on the video of him shooting with different jumper form:
"I've never attempted to change my jump shot, and won't change it because I've had a lot of success with the jump shot I have now" pic.twitter.com/O2TjUYwGmX
— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) November 12, 2020
"It was the end of the workout, and we were just shooting from a lot deeper (than) from the regular NBA 3-point line," Vassell told reporters. "I just think it's from the angle that she took it, it made it seem like I caught the ball up how I had, a lot further than where I normally do.
"I've never attempted to change my jump shot, and won't change it because I've had a lot of success with the jump shot I have right now."
Many took pause at what appeared to be an altered shooting form that had made him so successful at Florida State, as you can see in the video below.
Devin Vassell is my 6th-ranked prospect in the 2020 NBA Draft. He’s an elite defender, good shooter & flashes off the dribble scoring skill. He hit one dribble jumper as a freshman then 39 as a sophomore after improving his handle.
🏀Full scouting report: https://t.co/p18NPLs3iM pic.twitter.com/YJdo6TV9Ui
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) April 18, 2020
It is telling that the Warriors would utilize one of their 10 pre-draft meetings on Vassell, a player who isn't projected to be drafted in the top five in just about any mock draft.
The Warriors likely already have been presented with numerous offers to trade down, and the team would be wise to do their due diligence on all of the potential first-round picks available if the team does trade the No. 2 pick.
Choosing to meet with Vassell sends a clear message that the Warriors would eye Vassell in any scenario involving moving down. The former Seminole currently is projected to be the No. 10 overall pick to the Phoenix Suns in NBC Sports Bay Area's latest 2020 NBA Mock Draft.