|Payton Dastrup's perimeter shooting touch makes him a difficult matchup for most opponents. (AFN)|
LAS VEGAS – At 6-foot-9 with excellent touch, 2014 prospect Payton Dastrup is known more as a finesse big man than one who can bang with opponents in the paint.
As a result, his battle with Jahlil Okafor – arguably the best low-post prospect regardless of class – was undoubtedly intriguing. Dastrup's Arizona Select team took the loss, but he was able to get his own shot and didn't get dominated defensively.
“I took all the time I needed to prepare,” Dastrup said. “I need to work on my footspeed and back to the basket moves to catch up [with Okafor].”
For now, Dastrup's ability to step out and knock down shots creates numerous matchup problems for opponents, while he is also highly effective along the baseline and in the mid-range area. He is also not afraid of contact and can finish at the rim.
“I'm more familiar with their campuses,” Dastrup said.
The Mountain View (Ariz.) product is ranked No. 36 in the class of 2014.