With this season essentially over, the Golden State Warriors could benefit from evaluating the low-risk high-reward player from Hofstra University.
I am sure many of you reading this article are thinking who on earth is Desure Buie and why should the Golden State Warriors care. Out of all the players college basketball has to offer this season, he is an extremely weird player to consider.
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Golden State has the star power to catapult back into the playoffs next season. But with 50 losses and counting, it has become increasingly clear that the Warriors lack the depth they have become accustomed to.
For this reason, the Warriors should be evaluating as many affordable options as possible to build a solid rookie class. Hofstra’s Desure Buie has the potential to be a quality backup point guard in the NBA.
The redshirt senior will be dancing for the first time in March — although that remains very up in the air now — after leading the Pride to its first tournament appearance in 19 years.
Buie has been consistently good for the team averaging 18.2 points, 5.88 assists, and 2.02 steals per game. The 23-year-old guard has been a floor general on both ends for the Hofstra Pride. He was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Defensive Player of the Year last season.
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The Warriors have a strong history of developing Division I-A players like Buie in the past, namely Stephen Curry. While his ceiling is nowhere near as high, he has the potential to be as good as former-Warriors guard Ian Clark.
Buie will likely go undrafted and cost little to no money for Golden State to bring him into the fold. Depending on how he plays in Santa Cruz, it could determine whether or not he is worth the team’s time moving forward.
It is worth being noted that his predecessor and fellow Hofstra alum Justin Wright-Foreman has had tremendous success with the Utah Jazz on a two-way contract.
After being selected with the 53rd pick, Wright-Foreman is averaging 17.3 points and 2.6 assists per game with the Salt Lake City Stars. It is only a matter of time before his role begins to expand to the NBA level.
At Hofstra last year, Wright-Foreman and Buie made a formidable one-two punch as the best guard duo in the CAA. If the team is smart, the Santa Cruz Warriors could easily be in a similar situation with Wright-Foreman’s teammate next season.
Given that Buie will be playing in March Madness — although that remains uncertain — his next game could determine his G-League fate. But whether the Pride win or (more likely) lose in the Round of 64, Buie will put on a show.
Desure Buie will continue to fly under the radar, and whoever picks him up in Summer League is bound to be pleasantly surprised.
For the Warriors they could find the next great undrafted guard in Buie, or if he disappoints they can continue to experiment with many more affordable Division I-A options.