3 - Eric Maynor

6-3, 164 Point Guard
VCU Senior
06/11/87 (32.5 yrs)
Fayetteville, NC
High School
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Derek Harper/Eric Snow

Strengths: Crafty point guard with a winning pedigree … Single-handedly led VCU to national prominence after taking over the PG reigns his sophomore year … Fearless performer in the clutch, stepping up in the biggest moments of the biggest games … Despite being a one man show, rarely settled for quick forced shots or made teammates outcasts … Extremely patient on the offensive end, allowing plays to unfold- no predetermined decisions … Tremendous basketball IQ and understanding of court geometry … Shows good court vision and ability to find the open man, averaging over 6 assists per contest in the 08-09 season … Utilizes the change of pace dribble as well as anyone in this draft class, lulling defenders to sleep and blowing by them … A master of getting into the paint off the bounce, either finishing well at the rim or getting to the FT line where he is very efficient … Shot 82% from the stripe as a Senior, which is efficient … Has an amazing ability to convert difficult shots … Very tricky around the rim, shooting from odd and angles with the ability to adjust in midair … Despite slight frame, shows deceptive strength finishing well through contact … Possesses deep range on jumper (39% as a junior and 36% as a senior.) Has a solid mid-range and step back jumper as well … Excellent hands on defense, averaging 1.7 steals per game his senior season … Considered a high character guy and has the advantage of 4 years of college experience under his belt …

Not a top level athlete … Foot speed and explosiveness are not optimal … Extremely light at 164 lbs, whether he can add weight is a big question mark … Gives the appearance of being heavy footed, lacking burst on his first step … Was not forced to compete against upper echelon athletes on a regular basis in the mid-major CAA … NBA will be a huge step up in class athletically, as well as size and strength … Turnovers are a concern. Against top competition was very careless with the ball racking up some massive turnover totals (10 at Rhode Island, 7 vs. New Mexico and 8 at Oklahoma) … This could be a product of team quality, as he was forced to supply a large majority of his team’s offense … Gets too fancy with passes at times, looking for the spectacular. Settles for too many jumpers when switched against a big in pick and roll situations … Not a natural shooter. Lacks elevation on jumper, almost shooting a set shot from three … Low release point and slow delivery from behind the arc … Can be lax on the defensive side of the ball – has a tendency to take plays off on defense if his offense isn’t flowing … Will turn 22 in June and improved shooting stroke.

Notes: Scored team’s final 9 points in 2007 CAA Championship game to overcome late 5 point deficit … Hit game winning pull up jumper to defeat Duke in opening round of 2007 NCAA Tournament …

Adam Ganeles – 5/30/2009

Strengths: Heady playmaker who excels in pressure situations … Proved what a clutch performer he is in the 2006-07 Colonial Conference title game and first round upset of Duke in which he hit the game winning shot … A fierce competitor who never backs down and always gives his all … Has excellent size and good speed and athleticism for the NBA point guard position … Excels at driving to the basket and dishing or using floaters to score … Has good body control and does a solid job of creating fouls and getting to the line … Has assumed a larger offensive role with the team in his junior year … Can knock down 3 pointers and mid-range jumpers with regularity … Has really worked hard at his shooting, (hitting 42% as a junior) … A true leader, an essential quality for a point guard … Does a good job of turning his shoulder to get by defenders … A pest defensively both on and off the ball … Does an excellent job of protecting the ball and making smart passes. Limits his turnovers, as reflected by his 2-1 a/to ratio, his a/to ratio as a sophomore was a whopping 3-1 … Has excellent passing ability with quick reads and great vision … Feeds the post well and lays the ball up exquisitely on ally oops … Has great accuracy on his passing consistently dropping the ball on a dime … Beginning to really understand the nuances of the position, controlling tempo, spacing offensively to find passing lanes, and running the pick and roll …

Weaknesses: A solid NBA athlete but not a superstar athlete … His shot mechanics are ugly but effective … Has a bit of a slow release meaning defenders have a split second longer to recover and disrupt his shot … His shot (or lack of a fundamental motion) was the main reason he ended up at VCU instead of an ACC school … Has an unorthodox release as he puts his guide hand above the ball, in order to keep his thumb out of the way … On the skinny side, but nothing anemic. He could stand to add 5-10 pounds of good weight … Has a tendency to stand a round a little too much offensively off the ball instead of moving around to free himself … Will need to learn to become more productive off the ball as he’s used to the offense running through him on every possession … Struggles to get the recognition he deserves playing in the Colonial League … There is some concern that he looks better than he actually is playing against mid major players throughout the regular season …

Aran Smith – 2/19/2008

YouTube Clip – 3/2/2009