34 - Chase Budinger

6-7, 206 Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Arizona Junior
05/22/88 (31.7 yrs)
Carlsbad, CA
High School
La Costa Canyon
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Glen Rice/Brent Barry

Strengths: Budinger is a versatile and athletic guard with upside left in his game … With his size (6-7), and ability to score in many different ways, there are not many players that can fully contain him (18.0 PPG) … He is a match up problem due to his size, athleticism and basketball IQ … Has great leaping ability and can finish strong inside the paint with authority … With his 40 inch vertical, he easily converts ally-ops and highlight dunks are common for him … Runs well in transition giving great effort at all times, and it results in some easy transition baskets for him … On the perimeter, he is a mismatch as he takes advantage of smaller defenders by shooting over them with good lift … Also uses his size to or post smaller opponents up on the block … Possesses a great motor, consistently working to get open and showing good ability without the ball … Cuts to the basket hard, moving through screens well to get open for jump-shots … Has developed his ability to score in iso situations … If he is given too much space offensively, he will make the defense pay (excellent spot-up shooter coming off screens and getting his feet set) … His shooting mechanics are perfect (has high and quick release as well as a fluid form) and his range goes well behind the 3pt line … Has made some improvements in his game since last year both offensively and defensively … Budinger is an extremely unselfish player who possesses very good court vision and passing ability (3.4 APG)… A solid rebounder at 6.2 RPG … A good teammate, well liked off the court by teammates and plays for the team not for individual accolades …

Not a strong one-on-one player. This is the area of his game he should focus on at both ends of the floor … Budinger needs to improve his ball-handling ability, especially changing directions to be a more effective player off the dribble at the next level … Right now Budinger is much more effective when he spots-up and when shooting the ball coming off screens … He still struggles when creating mid-range shots off the dribble … Defensively he easily gets beat off the dribble due to his poor lateral quickness … Budinger has difficulty guarding stronger and more athletic players than him … Not a very vocal guy, could work on becoming more of a vocal leader … Needs to continue to work on his core strength … Lacks a mean streak. Needs to work on becoming nastier and developing a killer instinct … Some have questioned his toughness, but he showed good toughness battling through the well publicized head stomp (vs. Houston) as his teammates rallied around him to come from behind for the win …

Stevan Petrovic – 6/1/2009

Strengths: Has excellent size and athleticism for the NBA 2-guard position … Chase improved considerably in the past year, especially shooting from outside and should come into Arizona and be very productive right away … Finishes well around the basket, with good touch and body control … Has range beyond the college 3-point line and a great stroke on his jump shot … Gets good elevation and has a high release point on his jump shot Has a fieriness to him. Competitive. Has proven capable of taking over games in crunch time Quick off his feet and a good offensive rebounder Aggressively attacks the basket and finishes well in traffic using his explosiveness … Very adept at tipping the ball in around the basket. Excellent hands from playing volleyball …

Weaknesses: Defensively he lacks great lateral quickness and foot speed His feel for the game is still improving. He’s strong in transition and becoming better in the half court set … Must become a better rebounder, especially on the defensive side … His shot off the dribble has shown solid improvement but can get better … Needs to polish his midrange game to complete his offensive repertoire … Still learning the nuances, with timing and moving without the ball, and freeing himself for shots … Still has a ways to go to be a good man defender Needs to gain strength, although he’s doing a great job with his workouts with professional trainer Trent Suzuki

Notes: Emerged as one of the top overall players in his class between his junior and senior high school seasons … Budinger possesses a 40 plus inch vertical and is a top 5 volleyball player in the nation, competing for the USA junior national team. Has won numerous dunk contests and placed second at the McDonald’s All American game While scrimmaging against Arizona players prior to his senior season, Budinger was the best player on the floor. Won MVP of the Douai Tournament in France edging out teammate Thaddeus Young for the honor

Roman Veytsman – 7/14/2006 Interview

YouTube Clip – 3/17/2007