Tim Hardaway Jr.
I haven't gotten a chance to see Michigan play yet this year, but as I was looking at their roster I couldn't help but notice a 6'5'' freshman named Tim Hardaway Jr. I'm assuming he's the son of the former NBA point guard. Looks like he's been playing pretty well 11 ppg and 3.5 rebs as a true fresh. He's taller than his dad and looks like he plays more of a 2 guard, an old scouting report went on about how long he is. Anyone know anything about him or his game?
Its funny that Michigan has several kids playing for them that had a dad play in the nba..Out of all the kids,Tim Hardaway jr. has the most upside and has a good chance to play at the next level..He might be a 1st round pick in the 2012 draft....Watching him play ,to me his game is similar to Joe Johnson..
Hardaway jr. is 6'5,has good ball handling skills & a great penetrater ..But needs to work on consistency on his shot...He seems to enjoy playing the game,becuz he always have a smile on his face...
Hardaway Jr. lacks polish a bit right now, needs to add more strength, is a solid but not great athlete, and needs to improve his handle and shot consistency, but he does have the potential to be a solid scorer by next year or so. Darius Morris is easily the best player on that Michigan team. He's one of the more underrated players in the nation, and an intriguing prospect as a 6'4 PG/SG.
I go to the University of Michigan, and am an avid fan of the team (I've watched every game this year), so I have a pretty good idea of Hardaway's game.
My analysis: He is raw at this point, sometimes he lets his emotions get to him, but his 3-point shot is killer when it's on (he's got a very high vertical jump and can shoot over defenders at ease) and at 6'5, creates matchup problems. He needs to gain weight and strength to take it to the next level, but he's shown flashes of an NBA-quality midrange game. I think he'll be a 4-year college player, but could get a legitimate look at the NBA eventually...
The best NBA prospect on Michigan's team, though, is sophomore Darius Morris. He's a 6'4 point guard, averages over 15 ppg, is 3rd in the country in assists, and has great court vision, agility, and defensive skill.
Here's a video that shows off Hardaway and Morris: (go to 20 seconds in if you want to see an amazing Darius Morris pass)
I remember watching Darius Morris at Windward HS here in Cali, where he was teammates w/ Lil Romeo LOL. Wasn't aware that he was putting up great numbers at Michigan. Last time I seen him he was playing AAU alongside Brandon Jennings for Belmont Shores and Darius was playing the two guard.
I always liked his size as a point guard, problem is, he didn't have the savvyness of playing the position, and wasn't that much of a scoring threat because of his inconsistent jump shot. He seems to be getting to the line an awful lot, but his perimeter jump shot still needs some work.
I'm glad he's been able to find his niche at Michigan and thrive under John Beilein's offense, it's evident he put in a lot of time in the gym to improve his overall game.
I watched him play AAU 1,000 times last year.....he is the dictionary definition of a streak shooter....and he is a pretty good athlete too.....
If he never pans out he can always say that at least he has a crossover named after him
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its a lot better than it was then but he still is a chucker and very streaky....he played his senior summer with chicago's mac irvin fire pretty much as their off the bench scoring monster....but he is definitely a 2....Jereme Richmond played the point on the floor along side of him for that team when they were in together so....