NBA Future Watch: Joshua Primo Basketball Cards, San Antonio Spurs – Joshua Primo became a lottery pick as the youngest player in college basketball, but for much of the time since he was born on Christmas Eve 2002, he has been polishing his handle, his shooting skills, and his defense. The burnishing of his skills and body that remains necessary will take place within the San Antonio organization, among the game’s best at maximizing player outcomes.
Primo’s family had reason to think that basketball might run in the family for him as early as grade school when his sister, Keshia, was thriving at the NCAA level. Primo relocated from his native Toronto to powerhouse Huntington Prep in West Virginia before returning north of the border to finish his high school career with Royal Crown Academic School. A stint with the Canadian team at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup – where Primo was one of the youngest players – provided additional proof that he would be successful in reclassifying for the 2020 NCAA incoming class. A five-star recruit at the shooting guard position, Primo committed to Alabama.
The year that Primo was clad in crimson was successful within the prism of opportunities afforded on a squad that reserved most of them for the upperclassmen. As such, the 8.1 PPG and 3.4 RPG do not give away much about Primo’s production – but his .431 FG% and .381 three-point percentage speak to his shooting accuracy, especially from the spot-up position. Good defense with his lanky wingspan allowed Primo to contribute on the other side of the ball as well.
A breakout performance at the 2021 NBA Draft Combine launched Primo all the way into the lottery, to the Spurs at #12. One factor in Primo’s offseason rise was the secondary playmaking that he was able to show to a greater degree than he had at Alabama.
San Antonio has long been an organization content to let international prospects stay overseas to develop when necessary. They have applied that mentality to Primo assigning him to their G League franchise in Austin. This will allow him to play big minutes, rather than scrapping for opportunities at the fringe of the rotation. On the agenda for Primo will be bulking up a bit, expanding his ball-handling abilities and continuing to develop his playmaking. Given that Primo enters the league as a better shooter than most prospects, the chances that he will become a big star in an era largely built on floor spacing seem very good.
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