Posted On: 07/6/18 8:38 PM
Valencia high school swingman Josh Assiff doesn’t model his game after players most typical prep wings would try to identify with.
The 6-foot-7 wing isn’t trying to be the next Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard or James Harden, but is rather drawn toward guys that resemble his style of play.
“I model my game after Kyle Anderson and Lonzo Ball,” Assiff told Prep Hoops So-Cal at the Fairfax Summer Classic. “They’re both big guards, great passers, look to get their teammates involved, and let the offense come to them.”
Assiff, a rising senior, has an intriguing combination of size, length and fluid shooting mechanics and soft touch out to 3-point range.
When Assiff is not spreading the floor with his deep ball, he’s utilizing his good vision and willingness to make the extra pass to keep his teammates involved and engaged.
“I think it’s important to play the game the right way,” he said. “When the ball is moving and everybody is touching it, it keeps the whole team focused on the game. I just try and play hard on both ends of the floor.”
Assiff, who run on the club circuit with the Las Vegas Prospects, said that he’s working most on his athleticism, lateral speed and defensive rebounding in order to be able to clean the glass, push the break and add another dimension to his game.
Assiff doesn’t have any firm offers at this point in his recruitment, but said he has garnered interest from Cal State Northridge and University of Denver.