Last year, Phenom got a terrific chance to head up to West Virginia to check in on Marshall and what they were bringing in during the 2019-20 season. One player that simply caught our eyes immediately and coaches were raving about was then rising sophomore Taevion Kinsey, who we pegged as a rising star. This is coming off a freshman season in which he was named to the Conference-USA All-Freshman team and averaged 10.5 points per game.
If one hasn’t had a chance to watch Kinsey in action, he is an absolute freak of an athlete, bringing a ton of explosion to the floor but also understands how to score the ball in an array of ways. Kinsey continued to raise his level of play last year as a sophomore, averaging 16.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game.
Now, as a junior, the 6’5 prospect has been spectacular early on. He leads the way offensively for Marshall on their way to a 6-1 start, averaging 21.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game, while also shooting 65.2 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from three.
One can see that he has improved in multiple areas, scoring the ball more effectively, increasing his field goal shooting, his free-throw shooting, and his three-point shooting. And even though it is early and it certainly may be hard to keep those figures in that area, if Kinsey is able to show that he has continued to make progress in his game, he certainly could be a name that could make it to the next level and fill out a role.
But as of right now, Kinsey looks to be the star of the Conference-USA and after watching him before his sophomore season and seeing the potential he had, Kinsey is now living up to the hype and maybe just a little more.
He is going to be a must-watch TV for college basketball fans this season.
Phenom Hoops Marshall Breakdown (2019): https://phenomhoopreport.com/marshall-brings-length-and-intriguing-young-talent-looking-to-replace-a-ton-of-production/
ESPN Mock Draft (November): https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/30383235/nba-mock-draft-loaded-no-1-pick-race-new-top-60