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31 - Daequan Cook

Ohio State 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Overall

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NBA Comparison: Larry Hughes

Matthew Maurer - 12/9/2006

Strengths: Unlike many young players he possesses an excellent mid-range game Moves well without the ball, and understands how to fully utilize the entire floor to get his shot off Has an NBA ready body that has shown development from his senior year of high school Explosive scorer who can reel off big points in a hurry Above average upper body strength and body control which enables him to finish after contact Possesses legit three point range on his jumper Unselfish and shows solid court vision to get teammates involved in the offense Is a good athlete who contributes on the boards nightly Has the ball handling ability and quick first step to break his man down on drives Excellent finisher in transition and can end plays in dramatic fashion Has a tremendous amount of confidence in his ability, rarely does he get rattled by the moment Has all the physical gifts needed to emerge as a defensive presence Underrated shooter off the dribble as well as catch and shoot

Weaknesses: Has a tendency to force shots when opposing defenders pressure him on the perimeter Has tremendous confidence in his offensive ability which can make him a little trigger happy when the ball is in his hands Defensively Cook has a habit of gambling too much and being impatient This exposes him to pick up quick fouls by reaching in or defending his man too aggressively Needs to work on protecting the ball better as he can get careless Settles too much for the jumper instead of driving to the basket to draw fouls While hes an above average mid-range shooter he is a surprisingly below average free throw shooter for his position His overall game can be disrupted if he struggles offensively . Can at times go for the spectacular pass or shot which can lead to turnovers

Aran Smith - 9/28/2006

Strengths: A bigtime athlete with polished offensive skills Smooth operator who can beat you in a number of ways Adept one on one skills with the ability to handle and pull up off the dribble Excellent shooter with range out to 3 point. Utilizes the midrange game extremely well with a picture perfect jump shot Uses his quick first step and proficient ball handling ability to beat defenders His aggresiveness going to the basket leads to a lot of trips to the FT line, where he's an above average (80%) free throw shooter ... Thrives in the open floor game and loves to convert ally oop dunks ... Has tremendous body control and can go up to grab bad passes and convert Ball handling ability is excellent for a 2 guard A solid defender who just needs to add consistency Confident player. Shows a well developed understanding of the game Team player with solid vision and passing ability ... Strong level of intensity and motivation A proven winner on the high school level

Weaknesses: Lacks tremendous size at the shooting guard position. Hes around 6'4" 1/2 and lacks a huge wingspan Can be overly aggressive and get out of control at times Should focus on staying on balance shooting as he can get caught up in fading left or right Can be too flashy at times especially passing the ball, but shows solid decision making for the most part Could rush the jump to the NBA. Would like to be a one and done player, but might be best suited for a few years at Ohio State before going pro

Notes: Got overshadowed for much of his high school career in the State of Ohio by OJ Mayo, but a tremendous talent in his own right ... Helped Indy Speice, along with Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Josh McRoberts (2004) and Eric Gordon (2005) become the first ever repeat champions at the Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas ... Averaged 24.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.5 steals as a senior in high school leading Dunbar to their first State Championship in 19 years ...
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