Weaknesses: After a great start to his freshmen year, his game took a considerable nosedive coming down the stretch (the effects of the coaching change and his wrist injury have to be taken into consideration) His overall game made a radical change for the negative making him a very tough player to evaluate. Is he closer to the player who dominated in high school and the first month of the college season, or the one that played so poorly late in the year … He has been a streaky shooter throughout the year, but in the last 10 games he became astoundingly inconsistent shooting 52/143 from the field for a measly 36%, as well as 10/62 from 3pt range for a staggering 16% during that time … He fell in love with the 3pt shot, and at times completely abandoned his aggressive penetrating mentality He shot a ton of ill-advised shots early in the shot clock and needlessly way beyond the 3 point stripe Is seen as a combo guard more so because of his height He does not create much for his teammates, and showed poor decision making as well as limited passing skills Gets out of control frequently, compiling numerous turnovers by traveling or getting called for offensive fouls An aspect of the game that he also lacks is the ability to pull up from midrange; when he does shoot of the dribble he is often off-balance and his shooting form becomes inconsistent resulting in many badly missed shots His midrange game may be key for his success at the next level, because even with his athleticism, he struggled to finish in traffic during his season ending slump This can probably be attributed to the lack of height, because at 64 he is very undersized for the SG position Being able to pull up before the help arrives will not only make him more dangerous, but will prolong his career because of a decrease in punishment his body will take
Notes: Showed great maturity and composure throughout the season, initially because of the hassle he received for backing out of his commitment to Illinois, then during the turmoil and scrutiny the program faced because of the allegations and the coaching change
Weaknesses: A little small for the 2-guard position at 6-4, but his freakish athleticism makes up for it Lacks great vision, passing ability Can become too enamored with the 3 point shot His in between game is under utilized because he’s so effective from the outside and taking the ball to the basket Needs to concentrate on becoming a better passer Lack of length may make creating shots difficult Should look to get more height on his jump shot Must work on becoming more under control driving to the basket
Notes: Has played on the same AAU team (Spiece Indy Heat) with star center prospect Greg Oden.
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