Shaedon Sharpe is one of the most intriguing rookies of the 2022 draft class. The 19-year-old star has the potential to be a cornerstone of the Portland Trail Blazers, or a bona fide bust with the seventh overall pick. Fans are eagerly awaiting the promise that this kid brings to his new team.
Unfortunately, Sharpe’s first taste of NBA action ended a little too early for his liking. The Blazers guard was taken out of the game mid-way through the first half. Afterwards, it was announced that Shaedon Sharpe would not return following a shoulder injury. (via ClutchPoints)
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Before Blazers fans worry too much, remember that it’s the Summer League. Teams will definitely exercise a ton of caution for their precious rookies in this game. It’s entirely possible that Sharpe was just taken out due to an abundance of caution. Still, after all the injuries they’ve had to their past rookies, it’s impossible to not be worried as a Blazers fan.
Shaedon Sharpe’s trajectory to the NBA is an atypical one, to say the least. The guard impressed enough to be ranked highly as a high school graduate. He initially committed to the Kentucky Wildcats. In a stunning turn of events, though, Sharpe pulled out of college and decided to train for the NBA behind closed doors.
His camp’s decision to seemingly protect Sharpe’s image came under scrutiny by draft experts. The talent was undeniable, of course. Without any game tape against fellow college players, though, experts found it hard to predict what type of player Sharpe will be.
Still, despite these risks, the Blazers decided to take a gamble in Shaedon Sharpe. If he pans out, he could form the backcourt of the future in Portland with Anfernee Simons.