Strengths: Versatile southpaw guard with very good athleticism … At 6’4 with long arms, has the size and length to play either guard position … Displays a powerful burst to the basket with his natural lefty dribble … Has a quick first step and long, easy strides … Thrives in the open court where he can utilize his speed and attack in space … Finishes extremely well in traffic, able to contort his body and get shots off at odd angles … Being a lefty adds an element of surprise to his game. Shows a little floater in the lane … Tremendous leaping ability. Good form on his jump shot, with decent lift … On ball defense is top notch … Light on his feet with great lateral quickness. Stays low in his stance. Uses his long wingspan to disrupt opponents and eliminate passing angles … Reads passing lanes very well (.6 stl per game as a freshman) Great defensive awareness and anticipation … Not afraid to get his hands dirty and do work on the glass (2.3 rpg) … Smart kid with good character – shows desire to learn and improve.
Weaknesses: Despite a good looking jumper, is not comfortable with his shot yet … Shot 25% from three and 50% from the stripe as a frosh … Not a catch-and-shoot guy, preferring to walk into his shot with a few habit dribbles … Shoots a layup or three pointer with very little in between – has not put his midrange game to much use … His offensive game is lefty dominant. Drives are almost all to his left, and if he starts out right will usually spin back to his left … Shoots too many lefty layups from the right side of the floor … Ball handling and passing must improve, especially if he plans to play the 1 … Looks like a young colt at times, full of energy but needs to learn to play within himself … Can definitely stand to add some bulk to his frame.
Adam Ganeles 11/14/09
YouTube Clip – 4/10/2008
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