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1 - Justin Anderson

Virginia 

  • Birthday: 11/19/93
  • NBA Position: Small Forward
  • Class: Junior
  • Ht: 6-6
  • Wt: 230
  • Hometown: Montross, VA
  • High School: Montrose Christian
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  • Statistics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8

Overall

92

2015
Mock:  22

NBA Comparison: PJ Tucker/Xavier Henry

Strengths: Smart player with a good basketball IQ ... Physical specimen (6-foot-6, 225-pound frame) ... NBA-ready body and good size ... Possesses elite athleticism and has good length (6’11 wingspan) ... Outstanding leaper ... Skilled and explosive wing player ... Does a little bit of everything ... Is tireless, a hard worker and has a high motor ... Versatile and well-rounded player (could play either SG or SF at the next level) ... Strong and powerful ... A slasher ... Capable of scoring the ball from the 3-point line, mid-range, and in the paint ... Improved drastically from the 3-point line this past season (29 percent as a sophomore and 45 percent as a junior) ... Scored very well in a low scoring offense ... Good catch and shooter ... Can space the floor ... Improving mid-range jumper ... Has good mechanics and elevation on his jumper ... Smooth and fluid release ... Generates most of his offensive opportunities within the flow of offense ... Has shown the ability to muscle his way to the rim and finish strong ... Absorbs body contact from defenders in the paint ... Can play above the rim ... More of a straight line drive and finisher ... Has a quick first step that allows him to effectively attack closeouts ... Can knock down clutch shots ... Strong with the ball in transition and can finish ... Runs well on fast breaks ... Unselfish teammate who is willing to pass ... Above average passer ... Best at passing when he finds teammates in transition by drawing defenders into the paint and passing the ball to open players at the basket ... He can pass the ball effectively around the perimeter, dish to teammates of the dribble, and make post-entry passes ... Stout defensive player who gives great effort ... Versatile defender ... Can guard multiple positions ... Has the strength to defend bigger players in the post ... Has the foot speed and quickness to defend quicker players on the perimeter ... Great lateral quickness ... Impressive shot blocker for his size (really good at chasing down blocks on the break) ... Upper body strength allows him to run through screens ... He can secure rebounds in traffic ... Can play the passing lanes effectively with his length ... Frequently rises above the rim for putback dunks ... Does not shy away from contact ... Can body up big men inside and outside the paint ...

Weaknesses: Jack of all trades, master of none. He’s good at many aspects of the game, but doesn’t excel in one particular area ... Ball-handling abilities can improve ... Lack of ball-handling skills limits his ability to create for himself on offense ... Does not engage his defender with advanced moves or fakes ... Relies on his teammates to get him open looks more than he should ... Has shown his ability to be a playmaker for his teammates, but needs to show that he can do it more often (averaged 1.8 assists per game during collegiate career) ... Needs to continue to work on developing consistency in his jumper. Somewhat unproven ... Lacks a soft touch around the rim ... Needs to work on dribble penetration and finishing at the rim with his right hand more ... Needs to develop a more consistent pull-up game ... Despite his athleticism and length, he hasn’t put up the kind of rebounding numbers one would expect ... Does not get to the free throw line as much ... Sometimes forces up contested or bad shots around the basket ... Would rather use his athleticism to go up for boards than getting in position and boxing out ... Can sometimes get caught sleeping on defense, resulting in him being out of position...

Notes: Measured 6'6 (in shoes) 222 lbs, with a 6'11 wingspan at the 2011 LeBron James Skills Academy ... For much of this past season, Anderson had been considered an All-American candidate ... Unfortunately for the junior guard, he suffered a broken pinky finger on his left (shooting) hand in Virginia's Feb. 7 victory over Louisville ... He was forced to miss the next eight games as he recovered from the injury and an emergency appendectomy before returning for the postseason (though he never regained his early season form) ... Anderson averaged 12.2 points per game and was leading the Cavaliers in scoring prior to the injury ... In addition, he was also leading the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage at 48.4 percent ... For the season, he finished 47-for-104 from long distance for 45.2 percent, which is great improvement from his 29.4 shooting percent from beyond the arc in his sophomore year ... Anderson is tough, physical, and versatile forward on both ends of the floor ... His size, strength, athleticism and quickness have never been in question, and make him an intriguing prospect coming out of the ACC ... Moving forward, he'll need to show that his increase in shooting efficiency wasn't a fluke ... He finished the 2014-2015 season as a second-team All-ACC selection ... He was the 2013-2014 ACC Sixth Man of the Year ... Anderson confirmed his decision to enter this year's NBA draft on April 13th ...

Tajh Jenkins 4/17/15

YouTube Clip - 8/11/2009

Notes: Measured 6'6 (in shoes) 222 lbs, with a 6'11 wingspan at the 2011 LeBron James Skills Academy.

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