11 - Joe Alexander

6-8, 220 Small Forward/Power Forward
West Virginia Junior
12/26/86 (33.8 yrs)
Mt. Airy, MD
High School
Team Site Profile
2007 Statistics
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling
95 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Shawn Marion/Tom Gugliotta

Aran Smith – 3/4/2008

Strengths: Talented wing player with a winner’s mentality and high motor … An above the rim athlete capable of highlight dunks and spectacular finishes … Has a warrior’s demeanor, unafraid of contact and likes to mix it up with inside guys and crash the boards … Put on 20 lbs between his sophomore and junior seasons, and appears as though he could add another 15-20 without hurting his agility much … The additional weight has made him much tougher finishing around the rim and muscling for rebounds … Really excels on the glass where he uses his amazing leaping ability and tenacity … Hustles and scraps for every loose ball, never lacking for effort … Has a tremendous body as a big 6’8 forward with a long wingspan. Could even possibly play some power forward on the next level with additional core strength … Good speed and quickness, gets up and down the floor very well … Has excellent touch around the rim … Has gotten a lot stronger in his upper body and is able to fight through contact to finish around the rim … Does a solid job of getting to the line where his FT shooting has really improved: 80% … His midrange shot (10-18 feet) has shown a good deal of improvement … Has a polished turnaround jumper which he can hit going left or right … Has improved in his ability to get to the rim off the dribble … Incorporates a pretty jump hook and shows solid back to the basket aptitude … Gets a fair share of blocks due to his length and leaping ability … Developing a strong court sense, rarely in a rush or forcing things … Has a great attitude and is extremely coachable … Has the chance to be a special player as he appears to have a ton of untapped potential …

Weaknesses: To really take his game to the next level he needs to improve his outside shooting … He can knock down perimeter shots, and shows excellent shooting mechanics, but needs to develop better range and consistency … Also needs to improve his ability to create off the dribble … Ball handling ability while improved is still sloppy, and the root of his turnover problems …Can be a little overeager defensively and leave his feet on pump fakes. Also can be foul prone. Must develop a little better discipline on D, although you gotta love his intensity level … His lateral speed is just average for a NBA small forward, hurting him a slight degree defensively. Also should try to get a little lower in his defensive stance … Needs to improve his consistency on a game to game basis. Seven single digit games is too many for a junior with his talent … Can be a little too reckless flying around the rim, so he’ll need to be careful about injuries with opponents upending him on drives …

YouTube Clip – 1/1/2001