Guard, 6-foot-6, Senior
The most underrated player in the country is Jordan Schakel, who has been honored with Academic All-Mountain West during his two most recent seasons in college basketball. Schakel told SDSU.com: “I’ve always known that I wanted to do something that involves math. I think I have a brain that is oriented toward numbers.” This shows in his play as he was an analytics darling during his junior year. He brags the highest “shot quality average” and “good possession rate” among all prospects in the upcoming class, per Simon Gerszberg. He averaged 1.22 points per possession, according to Synergy, which ranked 99th percentile among all D-I players. This helped San Diego State start off the season with a perfect 26-0 record.
His shooting ability was phenomenal, shooting 53-for-120 (44.2 percent) off the catch. Schakel averaged 1.66 points per possession on guarded catch-and-shoot attempts in a set offense, per Synergy, which also ranked in the 99th percentile. Meanwhile, he was 5-for-11 (45.5%) on 3-pointers after handoffs and was above-average coming off screens and off the dribble as well. He was 19-for-25 (76.0 percent) on attempts within five feet of the basket, which proves he is more than just an outside scorer.
Schakel handled the ball well, too, as his low turnover rate (8.2 percent) ranked in the top-20 among all D-I players last season. Overall, he recorded the best offensive rating (126.2) among all players in the Mountain West Conference. This rate beat out 2020 NBA Draft prospects including Sam Merrill, Justinian Jessup, Jalen Harris and SDSU teammate Malachi Flynn. Next season, the guard is expected to see his usage rate increase quite a bit with Flynn and Yanni Wetzell both headed to the pros. Considering that his team outscored opponents by 26.1 points per 100 possessions when he was on the court, per Pivot Analysis, a bigger role may be a great thing.