NBA Comparison: Ben Gordon
Aran Smith – 7/9/2006
Weaknesses: The biggest progression he can make to his game is becoming a complete point guard … Sometimes attacks the game 1-on-5 and forgets about the team game. Must get better at keeping everyone involved and running a team … He’s 6-4 which is excellent size for a PG, but he lacks the ceiling of someone such as LeBron James because he isn’t able to impose his will physically on bigger players Can be too enamored with shooting the three ball and going to the basket, his mid range game is solid but can improve … Some feel that his development has slowed to an extent towards the end of his high school career … Had an off court incident, fighting with another student, which raised some red flags, but behavior doesn’t seem to be a major issue There’s the fear that the AAU mentality might overwhelm the concept of team basketball for him … He benefits being a year older than most of the players in his class
Notes: Full name is Ovinton J’Anthony Mayo … Has been at the head of his class since Elementary school (since rankings were being put out on his class) … Like LeBron James before him, OJ Mayo became a household name as an underclassman in high school. Decided to transfer back home to play his senior year at Huntington High School along with Patrick Patterson.
Borko Popic – 6/14/2008
Weaknesses: Is still somewhat undersized to play off the ball His first step is lacking in explosiveness and he does not have the greatest ability to turn the corner, as a result he rarely blows by defenders and is forced into shooting tough and contested shots too often While he was able to convert on challenged shots in college, those shots will be that much tougher at the next level Because he is forced to finish in a crowd every time he goes to the hoop, he seems to settle for the outside shot because it is less demanding on his body Goes through shooting slumps too frequently He has decent court vision, but lacks a floor general’s mentality, he strictly looks to create for himself and only gives the ball up as a last resort His somewhat selfish approach causes him to force the issue too much, and as he gets into trouble by over-dribbling and completely stagnating the offense Averaged more turnovers (3.5) than assists (3.3) Allegations of receiving illegal benefits from his agent bring back old questions about his character