Middleton is a tall wing, with a good positional height at 6ft 6+ and very long arms. He’s really stuck to the defensive end of the floor over the past year, especially during the school season. He gets low in his stance, light on his feet, even quite physical with his chest and active off the ball. Above all, his length keeps him in games even if it looks like he’s initially beaten or out of position. He has already proven that he can defend multiple positions, against the highest levels of high school competition in the country. Offensively, it remains a work-in-progress. He’s not a primary playmaker or creator, but he’s made progress as a point shooter, has a complimenting pull-up game he can get over smaller defenders and shows some flashes of cutting potential, though he’s still bumped out of his player’s line at times. All in all, he’s a bit of an amazing role player right now, who doesn’t need to score a lot of points to impact the win and has long term potential in 3 and D as his shot continues to evolve.
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