14 - Dewayne Dedmon

6-11, 240 Center
USC Junior
08/12/89 (32.3 yrs)
Lancaster, CA
High School
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NBA Ready
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NBA Comparison: Bernard James

Strengths: Centers with his size and run/jump athleticism are rare … Athletic 7-footer with good length, true center … Showed improvement on the defensive side of the ball from his sophomore season to his junior season … Also made huge strides as a rebounder on the defensive glass, while maintaining his ability to get his teams missed shots as well … Gained timing as a shot blocker, has size and lateral quickness to effect shots … Rare athleticism for a player his size, runs the floor well and gets up effortlessly … Started playing basketball after high school, not a lot of tread on his tires … Has decent touch around the basket … Strength can improve, though is quite strong and can finish through a bit of contact … Shot 68.1% from the line this year, showing some touch away from the basket as well … Could show some potential outside of the paint, more so than many players his size … Defensive potential on the pick and roll is very high, not afraid of being physical … Despite his age, shows a good amount of untapped potential …

Weaknesses: Incredibly limited as a post-up option, no real go-to move once he gets the ball inside … Hands are average at best, does not necessarily attack the ball when it is in his area … Foul trouble was a constant concern, limited his minutes greatly … Was hampered by injuries his sophomore season and seemed to be limited by them a bit as a junior as well … Could improve quite a bit as an offensive rebounder, getting the ball at its highest position … Still struggles with where to be on the floor, his court sense is still very much in the developmental stages … While his lack of experience may give him potential to improve, Dedmon is a major project who is going to be turning 24 prior to the NBA season … His defense made strides, yet his offense remained limited … With his size and athleticism, brings up major questions as to whether he understands the game enough to make an impact at the NBA level … Seems at least a few years away from being able to get rotation minutes, not to mention will need even more improvement to ever be a viable starting center

Notes: Kevin O’Neill called him a likely early entry first round pick before he ever played a game at USC, which apparently set the bar too high … Interesting story as he is new to playing sports as his mother felt his faith as a Jehovah’s Witness was more important and did not encourage him to get into basketball … Was suspended at the end of the 2013 season for a bar fight incident along with a teammate in Spokane, still may be facing consequences for this incident  … Brings up some definite question marks, along with the fact that he never really made the impact one might have expected him to … Very intriguing prospect who some team may look to take a chance on in the 2nd round …

Michael Visenberg 5/10/13

Notes: Played his freshman season (2010-11) at Antelope Valley Junior College and averaged 6.6 points and 7.8 rebounds … Will be eligible to play as a sophomore in 2011-12 at USC and is being hyped by coach O’Neail as a potential first round pick