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1 - Darius Johnson-Odom

6-3, 212 Shooting Guard
MARQUETTE_65.GIF Marquette Senior
Birthday
09/28/89 (30.1 yrs)
Hometown
Raleigh, N.C.
High School
Wakefield HS
Team Profile
Statistics
Athleticism
8
Size
6
Defense
7
Strength
8
Quickness
8
Leadership
8
Jump Shot
8
NBA Ready
7
Ball Handling
7
Potential
6
Passing
7
Intangibles
7

NBA Comparison: Allen Ray

Strengths: Experienced lefty with a decent skill-set for the shooting guard position in the NBA … Good open-court speed … Runs hard in transition … Uses speed to create easy opportunities for himself …  Solid athlete with good leaping ability … Makes up in part for his lack of height with a strong, Gilbert Arenas-type frame and a 6’6" wingspan … Moves well without the basketball … Always looking to rotate to an open position on the perimeter where his teammates can find him … Has been one of the better spot up shooters in college basketball over the last few years … Also has a deadly step-back jumper, which allows him to create a little space for himself off the dribble if he needs to … Adequate in isolation situations … Has a quick first-step and basic ball-handling skills, though he’s clearly more comfortable 15-25 feet away from the basket … Solid defender … Uses his strength well against bigger players … Good, unselfish passer … Generally won’t take a lot of bad shots … High basketball IQ … Strong leadership qualities … Has experience playing hard on a winning program with Marquette over the last three years … A great overall teammate …
 
Weaknesses: Only stands 6’2" and lacks the point guard skills to play the position full-time … Was uncomfortable around the rim in college, and will likely see even less success there in the NBA against bigger players … Solid passing ability and he moves the ball well, but he won’t (or at least shouldn’t) be asked to create for his teammates off the dribble …
 
Overall: Johnson-Odom has good role-playing potential in the NBA … Ideally, he’ll play the two-guard off the bench and look to spot-up on the perimeter where his lack of size won’t be as much of an issue … He may struggle defensively (even in this role) but his high basketball IQ, wingspan and strong frame could keep him from being a liability … If he impresses in workouts and a team believes his catch-and-shoot ability, he could land in the second round …

Notes: Measured 6’2.5 (in shoes) 214 lbs, with a 6’6 wingspan at the 2011 Kevin Durant Skills Academy.

Tyler Ingle 6/4/12

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