Sep 17, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
NBA Comparison: Jason Williams/Luke Ridnour
Strengths: Big lead guard with a flashy skill set and excellent scoring ability … Crafty and experienced … A wizard with the ball in his hands showing a yoyo handle, and great change of speed and hesitation moves … Imaginative playmaker … Game shows a lot of style as he sort of glides around the court with the ball in his hands … Makes everything look easy …Very adept at running the pick and roll, showing terrific ability to make quick decisions with the ball in his hands … 5.8/2.3 a/to numbers display high level ball protection and decision making … Despite lacking a lightning first step is very shifty and shows a strong ability to break down defenders with a tremendous handle … Possesses a deadly crossover … A better scorer than shooter .. Shooting showed significant improvement in senior year. 49% FG, 38% 3P, and 81% Ft … Hit just under two 3 pointers per game showing a strong ability to pull up off the dribble … Displays a lot of midrange ability, utilizing tear drops and runners to perfection … Deceptive quickness. 6’5 size helps to overcome speed and athleticism issues … Shows the ability to get his hips by opponents and then use leverage to keep an angle to the basket …
Weaknesses: Athleticism is below average by NBA standards … Not a great leaper … May struggle some defensively. Foot speed, particularly laterally, is a concern … Separation ability is a question mark as well … Not a strong player and could get pushed around some. Needs to get stronger to be able to finish without being knocked off balance easily … Outside jumper still must add consistency. Shot appears a little flat and while he hits the 3 ball at a high volume, should work on gaining a higher release point … Ball dominant guard so will need to prove that he’s truly talented enough to run the show to bring his full value to a team … Playing in the Summit League, it’s harder for scouts to gauge of his abilities as his level of competition wasn’t top notch night in and night out … Will he be able to get shots and utilize his great handle to get by elite level athletes in the NBA?
Notes: Has drawn comparisons to "Pistol" Pete Maravich from NBA scouts due to his dazzling ball skills … A prolific scorer … Put up 53 points in a game. The most in 4 seasons … Led the Jackrabbits to a huge win over Washington as a junior. A team consisting of two first rounders (Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten) in their backcourt … There is a wide range of opinions among scouts on him. Some love his potential, while others question his ability to make it in the league …
Aran Smith 6/20/13