I have little doubt that Isaiah Canaan will find a spot in an NBA rotation.
He makes up for size and explosiveness with strength and quickness. He's a breakdown guard—someone who can beat his man off the dribble and trigger the defensive collapse, which inevitably creates four-on-threes and easy scoring opportunities in the half court.
Canaan also absorbs contact and finishes after it or uses finesse to drop a floater right over traffic.
But what I love most about his game is something most guards don't develop until they're already in the league. Canaan is an elite three-point shooter with NBA range. He's shot over 40 percent from downtown in his first three years at school, and he puts them up in volume. Canaan made three three-pointers per game as a junior and is making 2.9 per game today as a senior.
Being able to shoot with range, especially off the dribble, is a skill that translates because of the frequent ball screens point guards see in the NBA. The screen provides the ball-handler with just enough space to go over the pick and pull up.
Beyond his skill set, Canaan leads by example and seems to thrive when the pressure is greatest. He's a good bet to earn a roster spot with a pro team this summer.