Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams praises Shaedon Sharpe blazers, addresses Brandon Roy comparison

Portland Trail Blazers rookie Shaedon Sharpe isn’t just impressing Rip City fans, he’s impressing opposing teams.

Ahead of Portland’s two-game series against the Phoenix Suns this weekend (a 1-1 split), Suns head coach Monty Williams answered questions from the media about Sharpe – praising the seventh pick in the NBA Draft in June.

Dana Scott wrote about the coach’s remarks in a recent article for the Arizona Republic. Sharpe has a personal connection to the Arizona area, as he played high school basketball at Glendale Dream City Christian before enrolling in Kentucky. Williams said he didn’t realize the versatility of Sharpe’s game until the start of the season.

“I didn’t know much about him until my son started talking to me about him because of his high school days,” Williams said. “Then you start looking at his ability to cover that much ground for an athlete, but then the first game of the year I think he got three 3s. I didn’t know he could shoot like that.

“He must have had a really good camp for Chauncey to trust a rookie in this role because they have guys on their bench who have played NBA games.”

With his length and athleticism at 6’6, Williams sees Sharpe as a player worthy of the modern NBA.

But Williams credited Sharpe’s athleticism, his poise to stay in front of the ball in defense and his ability to play through his timing to cut to the hole, create space and ball movement when his teammates are open.

“He’s a good player. They’ve found a really good athletic long wing prototype that fits his style to play in the NBA,” Williams added.

Williams, who began his coaching career in 2005 as an assistant at Portland, also addressed Portland head coach Chauncey Billups’ comparison of Sharpe to Blazers great Brandon Roy. He notices a similarity between the two.

“I haven’t watched it enough to stay that way, but Chauncey is a good study,” Williams said of Billups’ Roy-Sharpe comparison. “He probably saw it every day. The pace, for a youngster, is the only thing I notice about him. You cannot speed it up. That’s what I saw with Brandon.

“I coached Brandon in his first year in the summer league and that’s the first thing I noticed, no matter what the game was doing or how fast the game was, he could stay at his pace. You kind of see that with Shaedon.

The article includes a glimpse of Sharpe’s head coach at Glendale Dream City Christian, Kyle Weaver, who spoke enthusiastically about his former player.

“Shaedon will continue to show why he was truly the steal of the draft and will continue to improve,” Dream City Christian boys’ basketball coach Kyle Weaver said in a text message to The Republic. “I’ve seen him mature and grow like no other player I’ve ever coached. …

“Everything he does is at his own pace and the footwork is top notch. Once he gets more comfortable his game will expand even further.

Sharpe started both games against the Suns this weekend, scoring 10 points in Game 1 and 13 in Game 2.

You can read the full article here.

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