Tahaad Pettiford

6-1, 170 Point Guard
Auburn HS Senior
Hometown
Jersey City, NJ
High School
Hudson Catholic
Team Site Profile
Athleticism
9
Size
6
Defense
8
Strength
6
Quickness
9
Leadership
7
Jump Shot
8
NBA Ready
6
Ball Handling
8
Potential
8
Passing
7
Intangibles
7
89 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Brandon Jennings

Strengths: 6’1 left-handed athletic guard … Explosive athlete with good body control and capable of highlight dunks. Very good athlete in the open floor and throws down dunks with either hand. Fearless taking it to the rim with aggression and capable of dunking on defenders … Shifty, quick with the ball, and first step. Stays under control at a high speed. Can stop on a dime and rise up into his shot before the defense can react … Averaged 16.7 points per game on 49.3% FG% over the Nike EYBL in 2023 … Shooting can be streaky and he can be quick trigger, but he has some natural shot-making ability. While he had some off games (2-9, 1-12, 0-4, 0-5) from 3PT, he ultimately shot a respectable 37.9% 3PT% at a high-volume of 7.3 3PT attempts per game over the Nike EYBL in 2023 … Numbers dropped a bit but solid free throw shooter. Shot 84.6% FT% over the Nike EYBL in 2022 and 74.4% FT% in 2023 … Defends well on and off the ball. Makes the ball-handler uncomfortable and does an excellent job staying in front. Good instincts and jump passes to turn defense into offense. Steal stats: 1.1 SPG Nike EYBL 2022, 3rd best 2.2 SPG Nike EYBL 2023, 4th best 1.4 SPG NBPA Top 100 2023 … Confident and always gives best effort …

Weaknesses: Lacks strength … Has some length but lacks size overall and is more of a combo than true point guard. At 6’1 he could take on more of an initiation role, as his natural approach is as a scorer and he spends a lot of time off the ball, spacing the floor. Passing is solid and he keeps turnovers low, but it’s an area that must continue to grow. Can look to create more and expand his offense in the half-court … As mentioned earlier, he can be quick with the trigger, taking the first shot he sees and despite shooting very respectable from 3, there’s more potential there. If he can erase some of those outlier shooting deficiencies, he’ll be an incredibly dangerous perimeter threat …

Outlook: Auburn commit … Played in the 2022 and 2023 UA Next Elite 24, recording 12 points, 4 rebounds, and a game high 7 assists in 2022 …

Evan Tomes 10/24/23

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