12 - Al Thornton

6-8, 220 Small Forward/Power Forward
Florida St. Senior
12/07/83 (37 yrs)
Perry, GA
High School
Team Site Profile
2006 Statistics
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling
78 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Al Harrington

Matthew Maurer – 1/3/2007

Strengths: Physically Thornton is a jaw dropper type of athlete Because of the high energy level and aggressiveness Thornton plays with, he draws a good number of fouls from opposing players Has developed his upper body strength well and possesses an NBA ready body Does a great job of getting rebounds out of position thanks to his leaping ability and foot speed Runs the court like a guard Is a threat in transition where he is a tremendous finisher Loves to face-up the opposing defender and blow by them using his length and explosive first step Excellent lateral quickness enables him to be a very good help defender Owns a great set of hands that allows him to catch passes without problem, even bad passes Possesses three point range on his shot Converts with ease around the basket Despite being a senior that is a year older than most he has a load of potential that he has yet to scratch Versatile player who will be a match-up problem for most defenders Has developed into a great free throw shooter

Weaknesses: Despite his physical gifts hes not the rebounder one would expect Ball handling ability is satisfactory at the collegiate level but will clearly need to be refined as he is prone to turnovers Defensively while he is a adequate shot blocker, he still bites too often on pump fakes Mid-range shooting has improved but is still not consistent Back to the basket skills are still a work in progress Although he is an extremely talented player his ability to fit a position could be a concern Despite his age, his fundamentals and basketball IQ are still not yet there as he often relies more on his athleticism Lacks the court vision to be a real factor as a passer Tends to get frustrated at times and force shots that arent there Has a bad habit of getting out of control on his drives to the basket Will need to focus on developing his post footwork as it is unrefined …

Aran Smith – 8/14/2006

Strengths: Versatile, energetic forward with strong all around skills … Broke into a legitimate star in his junior year and should be FSU’s main man in his senior year … Plays with a high level of intensity and aggressiveness … Shows the ability to raise his level of play in big games as he blew up for 37 points and 15 boards against Duke at Cameron Indoor stadium as well as 37 at Boston College … Long arms give him excellent rebounding and defensive ability … Attacks the basket well with good ball handling ability … Crafty around the basket … Excellent inside/outside skills … Free throw shooting showed significant improvement in his junior year …

Weaknesses: Shooting range and consistency can improve … Will be 23 in December, so he’s a year older that the rest of his class … Shows solid ball handling and passing ability, but needs to cut down on turnovers … Must become more mentally tough, and consistent overall …

Notes: Late bloomer. Was not heavily recruited out of high school.

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