Dalen Terry NBA Scouting Report

As a native Phoenician, Arizona guard/wing Dalen Terry is a certified Zona Hooper.


Terry first attended Corona del Sol High School (Tempe, AZ) along with fellow future division-1 players like BYU’s Alex Barcello and Alabama’s Saben Lee (now Detroit Pistons).

After two years of public schooling, Terry transferred to Hillcrest Prep, the same program that produced Deandre Ayton, who would also play for Arizona, Marvin Bagley (also via Corona del Sol), and other future NBAers.

He played his AAU ball for the Compton Magic along with a bunch of future Pac-12 stars like Evan Mobley and Johnny Juzang. 

Now, the Compton Magic feature a top-3 sophomore hailing from Perry High (Gilbert, AZ), Koa Peat, who’s spending the week in Colorado Springs at USA Basketball’s U17 Training Camp, where he hopes to compete for the national junior team in Spain’s U17 World Cup in July.


Terry picked Arizona – and then-head coach Sean Miller – over other power programs like Colorado, Arkansas, and the more local but less-fortunate Arizona State.

Given his positional length, Terry has a lot of appeal for teams looking for additional playmaking along the wing, and he’s an awesome defender from both a one-on-one aspect as well as away from the ball.

He shows a lot of tenacity as a leader, getting up in big moments, and always bringing positive vibes to his squad, most memorably for me at the end of the Pac-12 Championship game in his sophomore season.

Pre Draft

Terry had a great showing at the combine after measuring in at 6-foot-7, 195 pounds, with a 7-1 wingspan. He didn’t play in any of the 5-on-5 scrimmaging, but he reportedly interviewed well (including this with Mike Schmitz), and performed well at his agency’s pro day, to the extent that he started to garner some top 25 buzz from draft pundits after being a second-rounder by most evaluations throughout the season..


Terry’s versatility manifests itself in all sorts of ways. Sometimes, he plays the Mikal Bridges role offensively – mostly spotting up, at times setting screens and cutting…

While in other instances, he’s the one finding the cutter, often after starting to get downhill to open up the baseline for his teammates:

The Magic Johnson comparison feels right at times, too, and not just when he’s acting like a tall point guard. For example, he shows off great help defense here and turns it into a transition bounce pass for a bucket:

The Magic comp can sometimes work against him as well in a way that Bryce explains very well:

Terry shoots a very respectable 36.4% from deep, but when there are only 4.1 attempts per 100 possessions, the defense is going to be consciously aware of the hesitancy.

A deeper dive into the numbers doesn’t really do much to clear up the issue, either. He ranked in the 59th percentile in NCAA on catch-and-shoot opportunities, which is fine on it’s own, but there were only 61 attempts (1.649 per game), which isn’t great.

What’s even weirder is that he’s 0.4 points per possession better when he’s guarded (1.241, 89th percentile) than when he’s unguarded (0.844, 23rd percentile), which could contribute to defense’s disinterests in playing him closely.

His approach to the game is most appealing to me, though, and that was really apparent in the aforementioned Pac-12 Championship Game:

While there are issues to be cleared up with the shot, Terry’s versatility and high-impact play are a good enough combo to warrant some late first-round looks, and just about any team should be glad to add him.

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