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2 - Elfrid Payton

6-4, 185 Point Guard
Louisiana Lafayette Junior
Birthday
02/22/94 (25.8 yrs)
Hometown
Gretna, LA
High School
John Ehret
Team Site Profile
Statistics
Athleticism
8
Size
9
Defense
8
Strength
6
Quickness
9
Leadership
8
Jump Shot
6
NBA Ready
7
Ball Handling
9
Potential
8
Passing
8
Intangibles
8

NBA Comparison: Devin Harris/Rajon Rondo

Strengths: Tall, quick and talented offensive point guard … Deadly first step and killer crossover allow him to get to the basket seemingly at will … At 6’3", has ideal size for a point guard … Quick hands and great defensive instincts allow him to get a ton of steals. Has averaged 2.4 per game over the past 2 seasons … Great in transition. Good finisher at the rim …Very athletic, is able to play above for highlight finishes … Good defender who shows a lot of defensive potential with his length (6’7" wingspan) and quickness (lateral speed) … Effective pull-up jumper, though needs to add range and consistency … Seems to raise his game against good competition, as he did at the USA U19 tryouts and with his 20 points and 7 steals against Keith Appling and Michigan State last season … Improving court vision … Strong rebounding point guard … Gets to the line at a good rate (9.5 attempts per game) … Though a junior, he’s a year young for his grade giving him added intrigue …

Weaknesses: While his jumper isn’t horrible, he needs to improve his consistency and range from the outside to diversify his game … Not a factor from behind the arc at this point … Subpar free throw shooter for a point guard, at under 70% on the year … Can drive to the left, but generally finishes with his right hand, no matter which side of the basket he is on. Should work on becoming an ambidextrous finisher … Needs to put on more muscle to absorb contact in the lane … Can play slightly out-of-control at times.  Currently averaging 3.8 turnovers per game this year, although his assists have risen this season …

Notes: Played for USA U19 team this past summer … Named first team all-Sun Belt last season … Appears to be the top Mid Major prospect available this season, if he declares himself eligible …

Jacob Stallard 2/4/14

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