NBA Comparison: Rodney Buford
Strengths: Aggressive slasher … Has NBA 3 point range but needs more consistency, primarily will catch and shoot from deep … Strong isolation player who excels in the half court … Can create his own shot off the dribble and has a knack for finding a seam to the rim … Moves well without the ball, runs the baseline well … Good instincts when playing the passing lanes … Has the heart and mental tenacity to take tough late game shots if need be. Has hit a number of game winners throughout his career … Definitely doesn’t seem to shy away from the leadership role … Decent SG size at 6’5 with a 6’7 wingspan … Quickness and athleticism should allow him to compete at the next level … An explosive first step and brings his good lateral quickness and length to the table when guarding on the perimeter, a fearless defender.
Weaknesses: Shot selection is poor, will force a lot of bad shots in the lane often times, instead of moving the ball … Below average defender, lacks focus, intensity, technique and lateral quickness isn’t great, struggles in isolation … Passing ability isn’t where it could be, especially in traffic. … His forced passes causes lots of careless turnovers … Negative a/to ratio … Needs to develop a consistent 1 and 2 dribble pull-up, mid range jumper … Has trouble finishing at the rim with his left hand, needs to get stronger. NBA level strength is not quite there yet … Could be a bit more aggressive on the glass … Transition efficency is surprisingly poor … Seems to play smaller than his size … Not the most explosive athlete or great at finishing at the rim … Will be 23 by draft night, a year older for a senior …
Notes: Measured 6’5 (in shoes) 201 lbs, with a 6’7 wingspan at the 2012 LeBron James Skills AcademyLed the Seminoles to the school’s first ACC Championship in his junior season … Named to the 2013 Lefty Driesell Defensive All-American Team. Received the Everett Case Award as the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 ACC Tournament. Two-time ACC All-Defensive Team selection, Three-time All-ACC team, All ACC Freshman team his freshman year. All-time NCAA leader with 6 career buzzer-beating, game-winning shots. Averaged 14.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.5 bpg, 2.8 TO/pg in his senior season with the Seminoles helping lead the Seminoles to the 2013 NIT tournament.
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