Hazel Park guard David Hearns was instrumental in a big time Viking win over Class C favorite DEPSA with 19 points and 6 rebounds. The senior displayed a versatile skillset from the perimeter.
Here’s our take on David’s game:
Shooting – Hearns is a very good shooter from distance when his feet are set, with a quick release that makes his shot difficult to contest. He also shows the ability to knock down perimeter shots off the dribble from both midrange and distance.
Shot Creation – David has a plus handle and is capable of beating defenders off the dribble with change of direction. He can finish with either hand so its difficult to shade him either way.
Rebounding/Physicality – Hearns is one of the better rebounding guards we’ve viewed this season, as he will box out bigger players and pursue the ball on a consistent basis. In loose ball situations, he was first to the ball on multiple possessions as well.
Basketball IQ – one of David’s best attributes is the ability to be under control. He rarely turns the ball over and does not try to over-extend his skillset. He makes sounds decisions with the basketball and has very good spatial awareness.
Areas for Development:
Passing/Vision – while Hearns has ability as an on-ball or off-ball scorer, he needs to develop his passing skills more in order to become a complete lead guard. He is able to draw secondary defenders off the dribble, so being able to find teammates for dumpoffs is the next step in his development.
Acceleration/Speed – David has above average strength and plus body control, but needs to improve his first step a bit in order to get separation off the bounce more consistently. This will also aid him in on-ball defense at the next level.