I’ve watched Desmond several times this year and was impressed by his range. He has really short arms but good form and follow through on his shot. Could improve on ball handling but haven’t seen anyone take it from him. I watched him especially against Baylor in Fort Worth. He showed he was the best player on the floor. He had a different type of confidence to where he was going to prove he’s that guy. I do believe his game does translate as he has NBA range and can knock down the shot on a consistent basis. He’s a walking muscle with short arm which may prevent steals or deflections but don’t see it being an issue. I think he can be the 7th man off the bench an make an immediate impact. I really believe if he can display his shot making ability in an individual workout, his stock would go up.
Desmond Banes is a class act. After watching him workout, I watched him closely and how he carried himself. No tattoos and very well spoken. I talked to an assistant coach, teammates and his trainer, and they were highly impressed. He’s a gym rat. Loves to be in the gym. His trainer stated how laser focused he is. He destroys everyone in shooting drills. He goes so hard. He had to tell him not kill himself because at times he overworks. One coach said how coachable he is. Was the team leader and calls team meetings when there are bad games or bad practices. He sits down with his coaches and watches film. He is passionate about the game. He doesn’t get into any trouble off the court. He drinks from time to time but nothing to be alarmed by. Went out more his first years at TCU but stopped completely when he knew he had a legit shot at making to the NBA. He’s really focused on accomplishing that dream. He does have a girlfriend but no kids. He comes from a good family support system as his uncle Tony drives to every game to see him play. He doesn’t mention his father but from what I’m told, his mother was arrested for bank robbery. He is a great teammate and a locker room guy. The coaches really do say how athletic he is. Say he is a monster off of one leg. He doesn’t leave the gym. Also stated how professional he is and will never be a problem off the court nor on the court. I do know he is in Miami training. He doesn’t go out or party and is totally locked in. He’s focused and is working really. He’s really close to his uncle Tony and his girlfriend is in Miami with him.