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1 - Adam Haluska

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NBA Comparison: Craig Ehlo

Matthew Maurer - 3/9/2007

Strengths: Underrated athlete who doesn't get the credit as he should Active player who usually does a solid job of moving without the ball Tough player who plays the game with a great attitude and most importantly continues fighting throughout games Possesses great upper body strength, enabling him to convert difficult shots Possesses legit NBA three point range on his jumper Is a player who can get on a roll quickly Shows a feel for the game that few players possess Patient player who has learned how to allow the game come to him Has improved greatly in utilizing screens to get his shot off Great work ethic and a high character guy who has blossomed into a solid leader Upper body strength enables him to finish after contact has occurred Defensively Haluska does a solid job of playing the passing lanes for steals Highly efficient player who plays within his strengths and rarely tries to exceed them Quick release allows him the ability to get his shot off despite tough defenders Crafty scorer who understands how to draw fouls from opponennts with ease Unselfish player with decent court vision Ball handling ability is refined A top level free throw shooter His ability to shoot the rock gives him a chance as a role player - shooter off the bench ...

Weaknesses: May struggle to find a good position in the NBA as upon appearance he looks to be closer to 6-3 1/2 - 6-4 than the 6-5 he is listed ... Defensively he struggles to defend opposing players with great quickness While not terrible, his lateral quickness is below average Needs to become more assertive and fight through screens and picks better Not exceptionally creative generating offense for himself off the dribble. Keeps it simple Doesnt have a great first step which hampers him from gaining full separation from his defender, and thus less of a threat offensively Lacks the body control to finish in traffic on his drives to the basket Not a great shooter off the dribble as Haluska is better when his feet are set Can go through periods where his jump shot is inconsistent Does a good job of grabbing long rebounds but will not be a big rebounder on the NBA level At times makes his shot harder than it has to be as he tries to sell contact to the refs by flailing his arms and legs Potential isnt great as he is close to maximizing it

Aran Smith - 10/3/2006

Strengths: An excellent jump shooter with good overall scoring ability Can create shots for himself off the dribble, and is equally effective off the catch and shoot Really understands the offensive end of the game and is crafty getting shots off Solid decision maker with a good shot selection plus decent vision and passing ability Moves well without the ball, running off screens Very unselfish player, always looking to set up teammates for shots Shows a willingness to go inside and grab rebounds (4.7 rebs per game in the Big 10 is impressive from the wing position) Plays a very controlled game, at times almost too controlled A solid defender on the college level, doesnt gamble too often An excellent free throw shooter (85%) and gets a fair amount of trips to the line (3.9 per game) Durable player (has never missed a game in college)

Weaknesses: A stand out track star in high school who shows off his excellent athletic ability in spurts (needs to be more assertive) His agility is good, but his aggressiveness going to the basket is limited some by his lack of physical strength Did not show significant improvement from his sophomore to junior seasons, his outside shooting numbers actually dropped (from 39% to 35%) At times he appears reluctant to take over More than a year older than the average Senior after sitting out two seasons (including his transfer year from Iowa St.)

Notes: Haluska will be called upon to take over a much bigger part of the scoring load after averaging 13.9 ppg as a junior. 2006-07 is his year to shine with the departure of Greg Brunner (14.1 ppg) and Jeff Horner (13.6 ppg). The pressure will be on as opposing teams will surely focus their defensive strategies around stopping him
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