NBA Comparison: Travis Hansen
Strengths: At 6’6 216, Lighty Jr. has adequate size for a swingman … One of the most experienced players in this year’s draft class, and has been exposed to winning … Plays very smart and mistake-free basketball … Highly unselfish … Doesn’t need the ball to be effective … Shows decent athleticism, and certainly has good enough footwork to compete athletically on an NBA floor … Has regained most of his explosiveness that his foot and ACL injuries zapped from him in years past … Plays great defense. Very physical and fundamental, and moves his feet very well … Preparation is good. Did a great job of knowing his matchups tendencies, always being prepared … Very good at knowing when to take risks for the sake of his team on defense … Has the strength, savvy and adequate size to defend SG’s and SF’s effectively … Uses his strong footwork to deny penetration … Played extended time as a PF in his career, and it shows in his toughness and physicality on the floor … Displays good versatility as a player and did everything he could to help the team win … Effective straight-line slasher … Keeps his body low, and has the strength to take contact and finish … Played everything from PG to PF at Ohio State … Makes limited mistakes passing the ball … Progressively got better as a shooter in college … A threat to make shots spotting up from 3-point range … Won’t shoot tightly contested jumpers … Good at using as many as 2 dribbles to set up for his pull-up jump shots … Competes on the glass more than most perimeter players … High character guy. Consummate team player. Quality teammate and leader …
Weaknesses: Functional athlete, but certainly not anything special for NBA standards … He doesn’t make mistakes, but he’s also not going to be a risk taker … Won’t be asked to create offense in the NBA, and he only possesses an average handle and 1st step … Struggles to finish over taller, athletic frontcourt players … Not a particularly talented offensive player, and will ideally never be more than a 4th or 5th option when he’s on the floor … Much more effective spot-up shooter than he is on the move … Not going to be nearly the transition threat he was in college … Not going to create many turnovers on D … Past injuries ACL and foot injuries make his durability a minor concern going forward
Overall: Unlike other "star" players, Lighty is accustomed to being a role player which should allow him to fit that role well on the next level … A consummate winner who plays a very sound floor game on both ends, Lighty Jr will certainly get looks in the 2nd round from teams who wants a good defender that can make spot-up jump shots and not make mistakes … Hard working overachiever who worked his way into being a likely draft pick through dedication and perseverance … Has all the tools to be the prototypical role player as a willing defender, spot-up shooter and unselfish team player.
Jorrye Nixon 6/4/11