13 - Josh Christopher

6-5, 215 Shooting Guard
Arizona St. Freshman
12/08/01 (19 yrs)
Lakewood, CA
High School
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Norman Powell

Strengths: 6’4.5 scoring guard … Good length with a 6’9 wingspan … Good scoring ability and naturally reads the game as a scorer. Scores in bunches and puts up points when his team needs it. Scores well in transition and in the half-court. Creates well and only needs a little bit of space to get his shot off. Slashes and gets to the rim off the dribble. Sells crossover, changes directions well with the ball at full speed and gets into the paint at a good rate. Quick step with the ball … Averaged 19.9 points per game over the Nike EYBL in 2018 and 21.4 points per game in 2019 … Good athlete and body control. Attacks the rim and finishes with aggression. Strong body and finishes well through contact. Posts up smaller guards and shows a fade away when given the size mismatch … Draws fouls at a high rate. Shot 6.6 free throws per game over the Nike EYBL in 2018 and 7.5 free throws per game in 2019 … Although not known as a playmaker, he makes nice lead passes to cutters and shows solid court vision at times. Averaged 5.2 assists per game over the Nike EYBL in 2019 … Good tools defensively and puts good pressure on the ball handler when committed. High steal count. Averaged 1.6 steals per game over the Nike EYBL in 2018 and 1.2 steals per game in 2019 … Highly confident and good competitor …

Weaknesses: Can improve as a jump shooter, with his identity primarily as a scorer, it will be important to round out his ability. Stance is a bit staggered on jumper. Sometimes he makes hitting difficult shots look easy while other times he misses open knock down opportunities. Shot 22.4% 3PT% over the Nike EYBL in 2019 … Can utilize floater more … Settles for contested shots at times. Forces shots and attacks without a plan on occasions. High-volume shooter and will need to improve shot selection moving forward. Took 15.1 shots per game at 44% FG% over the Nike EYBL in 2018 and 17.1 shots per game at 44% FG% in 2019 … Can move more when playing off the ball … Finding that balance of when to score vs when to facilitate may take some time. Can have tunnel vision as a scorer and can work on limiting turnovers. Tries to make passes in traffic and lobs that get intercepted, causing live ball turnovers. Averaged 2.8 turnovers per game over the Nike EYBL in 2018 and an 8th most 3.8 turnovers per game in 2019 …

Notes: Christopher measured 6’3 barefoot, 6’4.25 in shoes, 203 lbs, with a 6’8 wingspan, and a 8’3.5 standing reach in mid 2018 …

Outlook: 2019 All-EYBL: Second Team … Earned MVP of the 2018 Underclassman All-American Game with 22 points …

Evan Tomes 12/12/19