Semaj Christon

6-3, 186 Point Guard
Xavier Sophomore
11/01/92 (27.2 yrs)
Cincinnati, OH
High School
Brewster Academy
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Devin Harris/Keyon Dooling

Strengths: Christon is a rangy PG prospect with good end-to-end speed and athletic ability … Has excellent physical tools for a PG prospect, at 6’3 185 with a 6’6 wingspan … Physically, has the attributes to be a standout at the NBA level … Likes to play an aggressive style and is a true slasher … Shows some ability to finish above the rim … Has few problems getting to the rim in most cases, and shows a quick first step and adequate handles … Loves the transition game, and stands out the most as a finisher when he has a head of steam … Good at drawing fouls, and is athletic enough to convert at the rim … Looks like he could make a career out of his play on the defensive end, and should be able to defend some of either guard spot … Uses his length well on both ends of the court and is real good at pressuring the ball … Pretty active player with good toughness … Good drive and dish ability, and wasn’t a really turnover prone player this past season despite his relentless style of play … Seems to have room to fill out his frame, which could be excellent for him down the line … Still has room to grow as a player, and could really be a good piece for a team if he improves on some of his more easily correctable weaknesses … Improved his efficiency nicely from his Fr. To Soph. season … Seems like he should develop a good change of pace PG …

Weaknesses: Jump shooting is the one thing teams will need to see from Christon in workouts before they can decide where to select him in the draft … Right now his jumper is a work in progress, and although he shot a decent 3-point % as a Soph (38%), it was on less than 2 attempts a game … Doesn’t seem to have real confidence in his shot, and extending his range is probably going to take time, and some tweaking of his form … Teams will dare him to shoot in the screen game … A pretty raw player at the moment, needs more experience … Also is a developing floor general in need of true PG instincts … Doesn’t dictate pace that well, and struggles to get teammates involved as well as he should if it isn’t a drive and dish situation … Shows a fairly loose handle for a PG prospect when he can’t break defenses down with his pure speed … Is particularly shaky when he has to use his left hand, and looks uncomfortable when handling or slashing to his left side … Mediocre floor vision and tends to get selfish and force action at times…Free throw shooting needs improvement … Will need to add weight to his frame …

Overall: Christon is a pretty good PG from a physical and athletic standpoint, and he’s an aggressive competitor with high level energy and good potential … He is going to develop into a good perimeter defensive player in a league that has very tough PG’s, so he has value there … Improving his jump shot is going to be huge for him, but his basketball IQ, and ability to run a team also are key … Christon’s draft range is likely anywhere from the end of the 1st round to the middle of the 2nd  …

Jorrye Nixon 5/20/14

Strengths: Big, long, explosive point guard who shows lots of promise … Slashing point  with great speed and explosiveness … Excellent at hanging in the air to get a good shot off around the rim … Great finisher … Capable of making some spectacular passes … Great size and length for a point guard, which will allow him to see the floor well … Possesses a highly effective one-handed floater … Great transition player … Plays the passing lanes well and gets a lot of steals (1.5 SPG) … Excellent ball-handler who can create plays out of a bad situation … Very aggressive player on offense.  Draws a lot of fouls … Good overall athlete … Only 20 years old, so he has time to work on the fixable rough patches in his game such as decision-making and shooting …

Weaknesses: Needs to work on his decision-making skills.  Committed 3.6 turnovers per game last season…He often plays out of control and gets too aggressive … Needs to develop his jump shot as most of his buckets come around the rim.  Shot 25% from 3 last season … Questionable whether his jumper will ever be above average … Can get too aggressive on defense and commit too many unnecessary fouls … Needs to become a more mature player overall … Relatively poor free throw shooter (67%), especially for a point guard who gets to the line as frequently as he does … Good body, but needs to get stronger to finish plays in the lane …

Overall: Christon has the benefit of being a point guard in a shooting guard’s body, but his point guard skills do still need work.  If he can improve his decision-making and shooting, his length, athleticism, and slashing ability make him a very intriguing prospect who could potentially be a lottery pick in next year’s loaded draft…

Notes: Measured 6’3 (in shoes) 185 lbs, with a 6’6 wingspan at the 2013 Nike Guard Skills Academy …

Jacob Stallard 7/16/13