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Wade Baldwin IV has the body of an NBA point guard. Can his game catch up?

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Wade Baldwin IV has grown into a potential lottery pick for Vanderbilt as a sophomore, but he still has a long way to go.

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The way Wade Baldwin IV packs a 6'10 wingspan into a chiseled 6'3 frame, the Vanderbilt sophomore looks more like a linebacker than a point guard. There aren't many athletes with builds like Baldwin's on the basketball court, but the 19-year-old is still figuring out how to leverage his immense physical gifts into tangible production.

Vanderbilt just completed a difficult set of games against two strong defensive teams, Kentucky and Florida. This made for an excellent opportunity to scout Baldwin, who is considered a borderline lottery pick in 2016 NBA Draft.

Baldwin struggled in the loss to Kentucky, scoring seven points on an inefficient 1-of-9 shooting. However, in a win against Florida's elite defense, the sophomore guard bounced back with 24 points on 7-of-13 shooting. For as good as Baldwin was against the Gators, the inconsistencies he's shown against quality defenses have been apparent all season.

As you can see, Baldwin has experienced a steep decline in passing efficiency, rebounding and scoring against top defenses. This is unsurprising for a player who was a fringe top-100 high school recruit only two years ago. He's still improving as a sophomore, but his shortcomings will be put under a microscope should he enter the draft.

At 6'3, Baldwin has the build of a combo guard. He isn't an explosive athlete like many of the league's modern point guards, which means his development hinges on his ability to improve as a ball handler.

The issue for Baldwin at his current stage is he's unable to create against quality defenders. This minimizes his ability to score in the half court, especially around the rim, and it hinders his playmaking abilities as a passer.

Here, Baldwin struggles to get by Kentucky's Jamal Murray, a sloth on defense. Baldwin's upright stance and loose, sluggish crossover stunts his speed when changing directions. Even though Baldwin gets by Murray, he fails to finish against subpar rim protection.

Baldwin also uses his off hand to prevent Murray from sliding back into the play. Though a foul wasn't called, it's gotten him in trouble in other instances, including in his five-turnover performance against Kentucky.

Despite his long arms, Baldwin lacks both the quick leaping and explosiveness to finish over the top in traffic. Unless he adds the ability to finish creatively, like he does in this clip, it's possible he'll always struggle around the rim amongst the trees of the NBA.

It's also important for Baldwin to develop better instincts off the dribble. At times he drives without a plan, like in the clip above, and gets called for charges or tosses up horrific shot attempts. Baldwin is the best player on Vanderbilt, so he's likely encouraged to be "the man" as a scorer, but his shot selection needs to drastically improve.

With 28 seconds left on the shot clock, he pulls up off balance from mid-range for a contested jumper. It's a valuable skill for him to have, especially in the pick-and-roll, but he needs to learn to take those shots at the right time.

Maybe that'll happen under the right coach in the NBA, but it's also possible it won't. Some guys don't change, so pre-draft interviews and personality assessment tests will be key in determining how malleable his mindset really is.

Despite the weaknesses Baldwin showed, it wasn't all bad against Florida and Kentucky.

Baldwin sports a quick, compact one-motion release that allows him to get shots off in a jiffy. He has knocked down 44.8 percent of his threes in two years at Vanderbilt, and he's capable of hitting in a variety of ways: off screens, off the catch, and off the dribble. Because of his mix of skills, he should be able to play both guard spots in the NBA. That type of versatility should make him appealing on draft day.

Though Baldwin had only six assists to eight turnovers over his last two games, the stats don't really indicate how solid of a playmaker he is, at least when he wants to be.

Here, Baldwin fires a pinpoint transition pass to his teammate, who misses the three. This has been a common occurrence all season long for Baldwin, who consistently delivers accurate passes, only for the shot not to fall. The ball does have a tendency to stick to Baldwin's hands in the half court. As is the case with his shooting, it'll be fascinating to see how he develops in whatever system he's drafted into.

Baldwin has come a long way in the last two years, but his maturation as a player is far from complete. He has he body of an NBA point guard. Can his game catch up?