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Strengths: Jumping jack small forward with wiry, sinewy frame ... Premier level athlete, almost to the point of intimidation ... Jaw dropping length and vertical leap off of two feet ... Explosive finisher around the rim, with a multitude of thunderous jams ... If he has space to get his legs underneath him, just get out of the way ... Ability to hang and adjust his body mid-flight borders on acrobatic ... His agility is sublime and possesses a quick first step. Long strider with outstanding end to end speed ... Thrives in the open court where only a select few can match his pure athleticism ... Vacuum cleaner on offensive boards with his ability to play above the rim (2.7 off.) ... He attacks the glass relentlessly, looking to grab missed shots at their apex (7.6 total) ... Scored 14.5 points per game as a senior, over 4 points higher than his previous season high ... Shot over 50% from the floor in both his junior and senior seasons ... Only takes shots that are within his comfort zone ... Does the majority of his scoring on the offensive glass, off setups from teammates and in transition ... Shot 32% from three during his college career and 34% as a senior (less than a make per contest) ... When able to elevate off both feet his jump shot is effective ... Uses pump fakes well. Works the baseline adroitly moving without the rock ... Uses his tremendous wingspan and quickness laterally to defend multiple positions ... Shows nice potential as a defender for the next level ... Has the make up speed and length to impact plays from out of position ... Strong weakside shot blocker. Averaged 1.2 rejections his senior season ...
Weaknesses: Does not possess a natural feel for the game ... Basketball IQ/focus needs work ... Seems satisfied to ride his athletic prowess, rather than working on suspect areas of his development ... Ball handling is a major drawback, negating his quickness advantage to a degree ... Creativity with the ball in his hands is limited ... As a result, he's unable to create his own offense, and does very little to make people around him better ... Lack of aggression taking the ball to the rim- failed to crack the 3 free throw attempt barrier in any of his 4 seasons ... Was not successful at the stripe in limited attempts (65% career FT) ... Plays soft ... Could stand to add some bulk to his 210 lb. frame ... Passing is not a strong point (1 AST per game) ... Decision-making is extremely questionable ... Despite not having the ball in his hands a great deal, still had problems with turnovers (2.3 per game) ... Does not possess a pure stroke ... Shoots a low trajectory shot and lacks touch ... His 13% accuracy from the three point line as a junior is puzzling ... His percentage drops substantially when shooting off the bounce- needs to set his feet ... Can’t shoot off one leg ... Makes infrequent use of the mid-range game, often passing up wide open 15-18 footers ... His repertoire essentially consists of either a three pointer or dunk at this stage ... Has all the defensive tools, but lacks awareness ... Gets caught up watching the ball and loses himself in the action ... Needs to maintain concentration and keep his head in the game ... Was benched at times during his senior year for inconsistent/lackadaisical effort ... Projects as a tweener at the next level: without sufficient ball skills to play the 3 or strength to defend the 4.
Notes: Nicknamed "Sticks" ... Shined in the 2008-09 NCAA tournament ...
Adam Ganeles - 5/17/2010
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