Damion James Scouting Report
6'7" 220 SF
The Good: Ideal NBA frame. Long, fluid athlete with good strength. Superb elevation on jumpshot with unblockable high release. Almost appears to be shooting down at the rim alas Tracy Mcgrady. Excellent mid-range game. Powerful finisher. Relentless rebounder, especially on offensive glass. Versatile defender with the ability to guard multiple positions because of his agility.
The Bad: Still raw after three years at Texas, relying on his athleticism to overwhelm the opposition. Handle is shaky at best, preferring to face up on opponents rather than take them off the bounce. The beneficiary of many easy buckets his first two years playing with Durant and Augustin. Not a primary scoring option and does not create for others. More comfortable getting the garbage bucket or being setup by teammates. Three point shot has improved, but he settles far too often. FT% under 70 is not acceptable for a player with his stroke.
Low Down: With his athletic ability and versatility James is an attractive NBA prospect. He must improve his ball handling skills to to take the next step. Can be useful immediately for his energy off the bench.
Comp: Qyntel Woods
James seems to coast at times and take stretches off. The type of player who can take himself out of a game is not as atractive to scouts, But for 6'7 james is an outstanding rebounder and his strength is under rated...might be more than his 220 listing. To me James is a shawn marion type player with less quickness. Im concerned though that he is projeccted 22 and Earl Clark is 6th now. I would love to see your evaluation of Clark, because i think James is more talented offensively and puts up the same rebound numbers.
I would say Clark is more skilled than James in terms of handle and passing. James far more consistent jump shooter at this point, and as you mentioned, a ferocious rebounder. I'd love to hear your evaluation of Clark- being able to see him live I'm sure you 're more informed than I am.
Ok here comes a rant. I am a huge E5 fan. loved him since we started on him in the recruiting days. But i have alot of concerns. Firstly I have yet to see Earl use his left hand around the basket. I comment about it every game. He will always finish with the right and gets alot of shots blocked due to this. He has a good jab step and uses his pivot foot well for an array of moves in the high post and even to the wing but is not very effective with his back to the basket...takes off balance turn arounds alot and doesnt go hard all the way to the rim. He is a 3 in the league I imagine, but 28%3's and he really isnt an effective ball handler 3.1 TO's a game against 2.1 from James. Clark has 11 games of 4 or mnore TO's and 2 games of 7. james has had just 5 games of 4 TO's and no gmes with more than 4. Earl just seems to play without passion at times and makes alot of bad decisions if you ask me. I see alot of potential but he by no means is a top 10 pick at this point in time. He is nearly 6'10" and averages less boards than James......oh yeah and i have off the court concerns... Earl and D Caracter were best buds.... lets just leave it as stuff you dont talk about but if u know anything about DC then you can interpret what i am getting at.
Clark has more turnovers because he is a playmaker for the Cards. James doesn't have the ball in his hands nearly as much. I agree that Clark uses his right hand on the left side far too often.
Damion James is not a natural 3, which is his main problem. He has improved his perimeter skills but in my oinion, they are still not develpoed enough to be a major contributor on the perimeter at the next level immediately. I think Earl Clark is more skilled than James. He also has more size and is a lot longer. The problem with Clark is that he is good at everything and great at nothing. Their is really nothing that you can identify as his money maker. He will most likely be a lottery pick because this draft is weak and his length,athleticism, and skill set is intriguing.
Earl is more skilled than james. though earl has a very inconsistent jumper (at best) he has better handle, way better passer, intangibles are better, a little longer, and is around the same height. if his jump shot is your only concern, the nba has developed a lot of players with horrible jumpers like tony parker and dwayne wade. i have no idea how damian james is put as a 22nd overall pick right now. with this really really really weak draft he is easily a top 10 pick. he has so much room to improve unlike Gerald Henderson who is projected as 8 right now. he will be a lottery pick for sure. if you can consider eric maynor a lottery pick, i would way rather pull the trigger on someone like damian james whose long term potential is almost mouth watering. if there is any draft to pick a player on pure potential, this will be the on one.
James seems to coast at times and take stretches off. The type of player who can take himself out of a game is not as atractive to scouts, But for 6'7 james is an outstanding rebounder and his strength is under rated...might be more than his 220 listing. To me James is a shawn marion type player with less quickness. Im concerned though that he is projeccted 22 and Earl Clark is 6th now. I would love to see your evaluation of Clark, because i think James is more talented offensively and puts up the same rebound numbers.e-okulgüzel sözlergüzel sözlergüzel sözlere-okulfilm izlesinema izlesohbet odalarıaraba oyunları
Damion James will explode in the NBA and be somebody's starting SF.
Then everyone will wish they drafted the guy.
He's not just a dunker.
He can post up or face up.
He's got a killer mid-range jumper and that's what NBA teams want and need.
Damion James woulb be a beast out there for Mack Brown!
I like Damion James he rebounds the basketball very well it will be interesting seeing what he can do against
North Carolina on 12/19 then..
Michigan State on 12/22......
then i think we will know more....agreed?