10 - Jonny Flynn

6-0, 196 Point Guard
syr.gif Syracuse Sophomore
02/06/89 (30.8 yrs)
Niagara Falls, NY
High School
Niagara Falls
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Jump Shot
NBA Ready
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NBA Comparison: Damon Stoudamire

Strengths: Tremendous athlete who always seems to have the game under control … A real competitor who wants to take the big shots and excels in the clutch. His performance in the 6 OT UConn game (16-16 FT) was a good example … One of the quickest guards in college basketball. Exceptional at getting into the lane and fearless finishing (sometimes dunking) over power forwards and centers … Though he doesn’t look overly muscular, Flynn possesses – and utilizes – great body strength for a 180-pound guard … Can use both hands to finish at the rim. Exhibits great body control and creativity to get his shot off against taller defenders … Can get to the foul line as well as any point guard out there, creating contact at the rim … Is a clutch performer who has knocked countless late-game free throws in his two-year career at Syracuse … Makes the game look easy because of his elite speed and quickness … Lockdown defender on the perimeter. Flynn enjoys playing defense and seems to take pride in shutting down opposing point guards … Displays solid court vision and strong leadership abilities … Has the basketball IQ, focus and skills to excel as a pick-and-roll point guard at the next level. Small but long. Has a 6’4 wingspan at just 5’11 barefoot.

Weaknesses: Despite elite athleticism and quickness and good strength, Flynn is still just 6-feet tall. He will have a much tougher time attacking the rim against NBA big men than he did in college … Because of that, Flynn needs to develop a more consistent jumpshot … His lack of size is a concern as it takes a special talent to overcome the size issue … More of a scorer than a distributor. Detractors question his ability to play the point guard position and run a team. Is he a natural point guard? Is he really ready? On the positive side, he’s a heady player who will likely learn as he goes and improve … At this point in his career, he is capable of ocasionally knocking down a long-range shot, but still does most of his damage in the paint … Adding a strong 3-point shot and even a consistent 12-15 foot shot to his game would make Flynn virtually unguardable … Can overdribble at times, but Syracuse’s offense called for him to dominate the ball … Will need to adapt to not having the ball in his hands all the time when he gets to the NBA … Will also have to limit turnovers … Flynn averaged 3.4 TOs per game as a sophomore …

Notes: Flynn, the Big East co-Rookie of the Year (along with DeJuan Blair) in 2008-2009, enjoyed a sensational sophomore campaign that saw him average 17.4 points and 6.7 assists per game. He was arguably the best point guard in the country and, because of his explosiveness, passion and leadership qualities, Flynn projects as a late-lottery pick in this draft.

Kevin Duffy 5/23/09

Strengths: A very quick point guard with tremendous handles, and an uncanny ability to score in bunches … An excellent leaper … Possesses a nice crossover, in-and-out, and hesitation dribbles to blow by his defender … Puts constant pressure on the opposition by probing and attacking gaps as well as pushing the ball in transition at all times … Changes direction on the break with remarkable ease and effectiveness … Great pick and roll player, attacks switches and turns the corner extremely well to get to the hoop … Completes plays around the basket with a variety of strong finishes … Has a well developed mid-range game with pull ups going both ways as well as an effective floater … Great form on his shot; well balanced, high release point and excellent elevation, and can shoot out to NBA range … Very adept at getting his teammates easy hoops by driving and dishing … Good body strength … Great lateral quickness and foot speed could make him a nightmare on the defensive end by pressuring ball handlers … Has a competitive spirit and the intelligence to excel at the point guard position …

Weaknesses: While he is fairly strong, he could still put on some more muscle at 511 or under, is undersized for the next level, and could be a mismatch waiting to happen for bigger guards, luckily he is a very good athlete which helps to overcome his lack of ideal size … Playing strictly in a zone focused program will hurt his development defensively due to lack of experience and knowledge of man to man principles … Can get in trouble by trying to do too much and over-dribbling … Tends to play out of the offense and is known to take some ill-advised shots … Settles too often for shooting contested jump shots instead of using his ability to get in the lane His court vision is decent, but needs to keep developing and become a better decision maker … Keeps the ball too long in transition and gets careless with his passes … Although he has decent assist numbers (5.3 per), needs to get better at setting up his teammates, which will help him become a more complete lead guard …

Borko Popic – 4/2/2008

Notes: Played in the McDonalds All-American Game, Roundball Classic, and the Hoop Summit game. Part of the silver medal USA Team at the U19 World Championships in 2007.

YouTube Clip – 12/31/2008

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