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Prospect Breakdown: Ignas Brazdeikis

Aggressive and skilled bucket getter with defensive limitations

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This is the second of my breakdowns on the trio from the Michigan Wolverines; I previously covered Charles Matthews.

Ignas Brazdeikis

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Ignas Brazdeikis (“brah’z-day-kiss”) is a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward from Ontario. He played one prep year in Canada prior to coming to Michigan, and left Michigan after his freshman year. He’s a very good shooter, extremely physically strong, but primarily a straight line athlete with tight hips. He is projected as a second-round pick.


  • Strength. He’s built like a football player, which helps him a) use his straight line skills, and b) finish through contact.
  • Drawing fouls and making free throws. Brazdeikis draws a ton of fouls by virtue of being extremely aggressive and strong. He also makes free throws at a 77.3 percent clip, recording 150 attempts on the year.
  • Brazdeikis shot 56-of-143 (39.2 percent) from 3 on the year, despite having the rep coming in from high school as a bad shooter. However, John Beilein (sad face) has shown the ability to make good shooters out of mostly everyone.
  • Competitive drive. He’s a maniac (in a good way). He genuinely loves destroying his opponent/other teams and has the requisite game to back it up. Definitely the most hated Michigan player by other teams.


  • Haircut.
  • Lack of lateral agility. Brazdeikis was definitely the weak spot for the Michigan defensive juggernaut. He has high hips and tends to have trouble moving laterally with his man.
  • Sharpshooting Michigan player via Canada of Lithuanian descent may remind fans slightly too much of sharpshooting Michigan player via Canada of Lithuanian descent Nik Stauskas.

NBA Offensive Style Comparisons

These comparisons are based off a complex spatial similarity score. They are meant to show who the player plays like - not what they project to be.

  1. Kyle Kuzma
  2. E’Twaun Moore
  3. Austin Rivers
  4. Evan Fournier
  5. Nikola Jokic (?)

Outcome Probability

Figure 3: Ignas Brazdeikis outcome probability estimates



Figure 4: Ignas Brazdeikis field goal attempts relative density


Honors (via

Associated Press All-America, honorable mention (2019)
All-Big Ten, second team (2019), as voted by coaches & media
Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2019), as voted by coaches & media
First U-M Freshman of the Year since 2012 (Trey Burke)
Big Ten All-Freshman (2019), as voted by coaches
First All-Freshman since 2014 (Derrick Walton Jr.)
All-Big Ten Tournament Team (2019)
Big Ten Freshman of the Week honoree (4x across Dec. 2018 and Jan. 2019)
Associated Press Newcomer of the Year (2019)
Associated Press All-Big Ten, second team (2019)
NABC All-District, second team (2019)
USBWA All-District V (2019)
Finalist for Naismith Karl Malone Award (2019; Top Power Forward)
U-M Academic Achievement (2019)
U-M’s Iron Man Award (2019)

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