Oakland junior point guard Kay Felder had a decision to make this offseason. Should he pursue millions of dollars and go to the NBA? Or should he chase history and the all-time NCAA assist record?

Well, he's made his choice, and he has picked to head to the NBA

According to a report from Yahoo! Sports, Felder will forego the final year of his collegiate eligibility and go to the NBA Draft, signing with an agent in the process.

Felder had a terrific season under Greg Kampe in 2015-16. The 5-foot-9 point guard went from being a pass-first maestro to being an all-around offensive machine, averaging 24.4 points, 9.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. Those first two numbers were good for third nationally in scoring and first nationally in assists, a pretty remarkable achievement for a player that had no high-major offers coming out of high school due to his small stature. 

What else do you need to know about Felder? Here's a quick guide to his NBA Draft stock. 


The first thing on the board should be relatively clear. Felder has absolutely tremendous court vision. He sees the floor as well as anybody in the country, and that's how he racked up an assist-per-game rate better than even the NCAA's all-time leader in the regard, Bobby Hurley. Had Felder returned to school, he would have needed to average 8.2 assists per game over the same 35 games that he played this season to break the record. 

He knows exactly how to find the right angles for his passes as he darts in and out of the lane with relative ease. Felder has a superb first step and top-rate ball-handling skills, which in part also help him to limit turnovers considering how often he has the ball in his hands. Felder's 13.6 turnover rate is quite strong for a point, and goes to show how seldom it is for him to give away possessions. 

The biggest place Felder improved this year though was in his ability to score off the dribble. For a player his height, Felder is fantastic at finishing at the rim. He made 60 percent of his shots there this season in the halfcourt, showing explosive leaping ability and good touch as well as the ability to draw fouls when necessary. He can finish up and through contact, or he can pull up and hit a floater from eight feet out.

Felder also improved as a jump shooter this season, possessing a 43 percent effective field goal rate on off the dribble jumpers, good for the 70th percentile among college basketball players according to Synergy. Due to his terrific ability to handle the ball, as well as his physical strength, Felder can create separation against most defenders despite his size. Basically, that's what you're getting with Felder: an explosive, highly-athletic bowling ball of a point guard who can create offense on a whim due to his ability to shoot off the dribble or find teammates. 


There are two places where Felder must show growth to become a reliable NBA player. First, he needs to prove that he can defend larger players. At Oakland this season -- likely due to the extraordinarily heavy offensive burden that was placed on his shoulders -- Felder was a pretty weak defensive player with his energy levels. His size is always going to slightly hold him back in this area, but he does have excellent body strength, he seem to have fairly long arms and he's always been relatively capable of getting into passing lanes. The tools are there for him to hold his own on defense, he just needs to show it more often and show it against size.

The second issue will be shooting off the catch. His offensive role will be diminished in the NBA, and he'll likely see more off-ball scenarios offensively than he did at Oakland. If he wants to succeed in those settings, he needs to provide a better threat off the catch. This season, Felder took 51 shots off the catch and only hit them at a 40 effective-field goal percentage according to Synergy. That's obviously a low shot output, but he definitely also seemed more comfortable with the ball in his hands this season for Oakland. 

Overall Stock Report

Felder is going to have to overcome his size to persuade teams he's worth selecting. Due to that, he's going to be a polarizing prospect. I can see some teams buying his stocky frame and explosive athleticism translating more than they buy Tyler Ulis. I can also see other teams not really buying what he's selling due to this being the first year where he's had anything resembling a consistent jumper. 

I tend to buy into him a bit more than I sell him, which is why I currently have him ranked at No. 52 on the CBS Sports Draft Big Board, putting him solidly within draftable range. In this draft, that puts him in the mix for the end of the first round all the way through to undrafted, depending on how he does throughout his pre-draft workouts. My guess is that Felder does well in those settings due to his superior athleticism.

Felder is taking a bit of a risk in hiring an agent, given the way that he could set himself up for future gigs as the NCAA's all-time assist leader if he goes undrafted and the pros don't work out. However, that risk could end up paying massive dividends if he can really succeed in pre-draft workouts and raise his stock even slightly.

Kay Felder Oakland  (USATSI)
Kay Felder continues to post strong numbers despite his small stature. (USATSI)