The Wandering Albatross
On one hand, the Wandering Albatross is the bird with the greatest wingspan. Their wings stretch all the way to 11-foot-6. On the other hand, Mattisse Thybulle is not quite that expansive. In fact, he boasts a 7-foot-0 wingspan. Comparing him to NBA players, that 7-foot-0 wingspan is huge, particularly on a 6-foot-6 small forward body. That’s not just great for shot making, it’s great for shot stopping.
Imagine an NBA player hovering around seven steals per game?
Seven steals in one game warrants NBA discussion.
Right now, Thybulle is averaging 3.5 steals per game. On top of that production, he is incredibly mature. He chose to remain at Washington despite a coaching change. As a result, he is flourishing under the new defensive 2-3 scheme of head coach Mike Hopkins
Keep in mind that he averaged 1.1 steals per game as a freshman, and 2.1 steals per game as a sophomore. Now, as a junior in a defensive minded scheme, he is up to 3.5 steals per game. Logically, if he remains for his senior year, that number could go way up. And at some point, NBA representatives notice that type of defense.
Three-and-D players get noticed, and get paid, in the NBA