Player: Nicholas Jett
Position: CG (Using Rashad Phillips Player Dictionary)
School: Frisco Heritage High School (TX)
Grassroots Team: Texas Dynasty
Interests: Dallas Baptist, Hardin-Simmons (TX), Southern Arkansas and Texas A&M-Commerce
On the other hand, looking at his teammate Nicholas Jett there are a lot of similarities that make this duo a very successful and productive tandem. Jett’s offensive skillset is very complimentary to Jackson’s and the two exhibit tremendous effort on the court to keep plays alive and their team in ball games. However, Jett’s approach to scoring and making plays on the offensive end if more along the lines of inside-out rather than outside-in.
Carrying with him a very keen eye on the floor, Jett has a strong tendency to float underneath the top layer of the defense and find gaps to set up shop. It’s here where he can quickly and efficiently survey the rest of the court and go to work. With a smooth and consistent jumper, this is where Jett does a lot of his scoring damage in both catch-and-shoot and off-the-dribble situations.
His contributions in this way help to take the pressure off ball-handlers and help to draw in frontcourt defenders opening additional opportunities for bigs on the block. Jett also does a great job in this area of posting up smaller defenders and knows how to use his body to gain/hold space to put his team in a stronger scoring position. Fully capable of scoring from all three levels, inside the perimeter is purely a ‘playground’ for Jett to dictate the flow of the game and balance the floor for his team.
Rebounding and Second Effort
Fitting himself into defensive weak spots underneath the top layer of the defense has already shown Jett’s on-court IQ is high in helping to find ways to score the ball and help his team win. However, what shows up on film in the way of effort is equally impressive. In the simplest terms, he leaves it all out on the court every time he steps onto it.
Jett makes a conscious effort to crash the glass on both ends of the floor and has an innate timing to his approach in this area. He has a sixth sense about where the ball is likely to come off the rim and attacks that spot using his speed and body to bring down the rebound. This effort isn’t fruitless though, because Jett is incredibly explosive and has strong hands to convert on a lot of these rebounding attempts even over much bigger frontcourt players.
This style of play not only nets him extra production and helps his team to win, but fully displays his true love and competitiveness in basketball. Jett applies the same top-end effort on the defensive end, jumping passing lanes, and chasing down fast break opportunities to negate opposing scoring opportunities just as much as he tries to score the ball. His motor is strong and naturally relentless. Jett gets the job done.