Team Ignite coach sees resemblance of Bradley Beal, young Penny Hardaway to Fil-Am sensation Jalen Green

Published February 1, 2021, 3:46 PM

by Carlo Anolin

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Photo from Jalen Green’s Instagram account

Team Ignite coach Brian Shaw sees a mix resemblance of Bradley Beal and young Penny Hardaway to top prospect Jalen Green.

Speaking to Michael Scotto’s HoopsHype podcast, Shaw said he could not single out an NBA player comparable to the Filipino-American wunderkind due to his “more unique” gameplay and overall skills.

“To me, even though his body type is not like Beal, the ways in which he scores the ball are kind of similar to that, but he has more of the body of a young Penny that I played with in Orlando for three years,” explained the three-time NBA champion.

“He’s not the playmaker and facilitator like Penny Hardaway does, but in terms of that athleticism, length, and the way he attacks on offense reminds me a little bit of his game.”

That is why during video sessions, Shaw himself picked clips showing Hardaway, Kobe Bryant, Paul George, and soon Beal, for Green to review.

“Each guy here [in Team Ignite], I send clips of different guys that I want them to study their games and pick certain aspects of their game,” added Shaw.

Green, for his part, believes that his defense has improved over a couple of weeks heading into the NBA G League bubble at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The 18-year-old Fil-Am guard also bared his progress on shot selection as well as team communication on the court.

Team Ignite, which kicks off its campaign on Feb. 10 against the Santa Cruz Warriors, is among the 18 teams set to participate in the bubble starting Feb. 8.