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1 - Nick Young

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NBA Comparison: Josh Howard

Matthew Maurer - 1/13/2007

Strengths: Young is a throwback player who really understands how to employ the mid-range jumper Ball handling ability is above average Will use a number of spins, hesitation moves and crossovers to gain separation for his pull-up jumper When he moves without the ball he shows solid ability to work off screens and convert catch and shoot plays Creative player who makes even the most difficult shots look easy Has three point range on his jump shot Not a bad finisher when he drives to the basket Has an good set of physical tools to be a competent defender on the next level with long arms, size and decent athleticism Possesses an solid understanding of the game and is very fundamentally sound Post up skills are advanced as he welcomes the opportunity to shoot his turnaround jumper Defensively when motivated Young can be a real force playing the passing lanes for easy steals Fearless player with a great deal of confidence in his ability An above average rebounder for his position thanks to his long arms

Weaknesses: Goes through periods in the game where he will settle for the jumper instead of driving to the basket and drawing fouls Doesnt get to the line as much as he should because of this Doesnt always maintain a high level of intensity on defense Some questions have been raised as to weather he has the killer instinct and toughness to consistently compete He isnt a mind blowing athlete, but above average Has a bad habit of standing around at times instead of moving without the ball When guarded by a great athlete Young lacks the explosive first step needed to get full separation from his defender Could stand to work on adding more upper body strength to his frame as he doesnt always finish after contact While he has three-point range he can go through periods of inconsistency Defensively he has a bad habit of reaching for steals instead of concentrating on his footwork Often Young can get himself into foul trouble

Chris Karpman - 12/31/2005

Strengths: Great basketball body for a wing, long arms, big hands, solid frame Extremely fluid athlete, often plays out of position in college but has the diverse skill set and the classic look of an NBA shooting guard while possessing the size to play small forward and not be outmatched against all but the most difficult of assignments Very good ball skills with the ability to get to the basket in a variety of ways Can finish at the rim in traffic relatively well with plus athleticism Good looking long-range shooter with excellent, "quiet" mechanics, nice elevation, good rotation and soft ball at the rim Ever-improving mid-range game; can hit the one-dribble pull-up in space, create opportunities for himself off the dribble when isolated Fantastic rebounder for a wing due to long arms, good anticipation and understanding of body positioning Sees the floor well and is a capable passer in the half court Solid team defender, can get into passing lanes with nice anticipation and above average basketball I.Q. will knock down a high percentage of his free throws. Skill/plus-athleticism package makes him a player with substantial upside.

Weaknesses: Lacks focus and/or intensity at times, does not naturally have the aggressive nature of asserting himself, particularly on the offensive end when he has the ball in his hands should be dominating weak defenders when isolated one-on-one and defensively on the ball Work ethic hasn't historically been where it needs to be but it is improving under new coaching staff Has all the tools but often struggles with putting it all together at one time/place Should be a better and more bothersome on-ball defender than he currently is due to his athleticism and reach Must learn to close out on the ball better on shooters and challenge attempts with his ample length and quickness Must do a better job of moving without the basketball, hustling off screens and finding the soft spots in zones Additional work in the weight room will help him get even better going to the basket off the dribble, especially considering he already has good ball skills and athleticism Has some innate understanding of the game but increased situational awareness will take his play to new heights.

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