Devin Vassell is the most NBA-ready rookie the Spurs have drafted since Kawhi Leonard, and while there’s no guarantee he plays meaningful minutes for the Spurs in his inaugural season donning Silver and Black, that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t. The 20-year-old wing is further along on both ends of the floor than recent project players like Luka SamanicLonnie Walker IV, and Dejounte Murray were at this same point, and his skill set provides him with a defined role heading into the league.

Vassell was a prospect I’ve been monitoring over the past two years while scouting the 2019 and 2020 draft classes, and the flashes of two-way potential he showed as a freshman culminated in a breakout sophomore campaign for the winningest team in the history of Florida State basketball. Not only did he display enticing self-creation abilities when the Seminoles needed a bucket, but he was perhaps the best team defender in the nation.

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