|Sean Kilpatrick, pictured just after being told he was a "prompt & efficient payer, A+++++".|Sean Kilpatrick
, Cincinnati, Senior, 6'4 210lbs2013/14 stats:
33.8 mpg, 20.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.4 spg, 0.0 bpg, 1.4 fpg, 2.1 TOpg, 42.3% FG, 34.8% 3PT, 84.5% FT
Kilpatrick was the only scorer on a Cincinnati team who prided themselves on defense, because they had to, because they did not have any scorers. Besides Kilpatrick, the only other player to score more than seven points per game was power forward Justin Jackson (11.1), a man who pretty much needed setting up all the time. And there was no one to do such setting up - paltry as they may seem, Kilpatrick's 2.5 assists per game were actually the team high. Kilpatrick, then, took a lot of shots because he had to. And while some of those shots were what we might otherwise consider 'bad', they had to be.
Mostly taking deep range jump shots - and sometimes VERY deep range jump shots - Kilpatrick always looks to score. With a quick release, he can single-handedly win games on the offensive end, and has all the hallmarks of a true microwave type. Diversifying his offensive game more as an upperclassman, Kilpatrick improved somewhat as a shooter off the dribble (although he is not especially good at this and is distinctly better off the catch still), and used this added threat to get to the rim and the foul line more driving off of screens. He doesn't finish especially well at the rim, small for the position and not an elite athlete, and has never been much of a ball handler, but the knowledge that he can and will get to the rim anyway benefits his jump shot, as he has to be played for it. Kilpatrick mostly plays in the half court and doesn't play much in transition, but this might change when he's on a team that can do it as a unit - in theory, with decent speed and his always hunting for a shot, Kilpatrick could thrive in this aspect.
Defensively, Kilpatrick has historically paid little attention to this end of the court, but did pick up his intensity in that aspect as a senior. His amazingly low foul rates speak to his tendency to hide on this end, but when he wants to move his feet and stay in front, he can, combined with good strength. Kilpatrick's talent and drive on the offensive end has never spilled over to defense, yet should it ever do so, there is a foundation to work with.
Having to go five on one isn't good for anybody, and Kilpatrick did an admirable job in the circumstances. It is perhaps telling that he always had to try and score in such situations and could not create for others, but it's not really the point. Kilpatrick is a shooter, and that's fine. And now that he's no longer chucking to meet quotas, he's a very good one.