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14 - Dewayne Dedmon

USC 

  • Birthday: 8/12/89
  • NBA Position: Center
  • Class: Junior
  • Ht: 6-11
  • Wt: 240
  • Hometown: Lancaster, CA
  • High School: Lancaster
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Overall

87

NBA Comparison: Bernard James

Strengths: Centers with his size and run/jump athleticism are rare ... Athletic 7-footer with good length, true center ... Showed improvement on the defensive side of the ball from his sophomore season to his junior season ... Also made huge strides as a rebounder on the defensive glass, while maintaining his ability to get his teams missed shots as well ... Gained timing as a shot blocker, has size and lateral quickness to effect shots ... Rare athleticism for a player his size, runs the floor well and gets up effortlessly ... Started playing basketball after high school, not a lot of tread on his tires ... Has decent touch around the basket ... Strength can improve, though is quite strong and can finish through a bit of contact ... Shot 68.1% from the line this year, showing some touch away from the basket as well ... Could show some potential outside of the paint, more so than many players his size ... Defensive potential on the pick and roll is very high, not afraid of being physical ... Despite his age, shows a good amount of untapped potential ...

Weaknesses: Incredibly limited as a post-up option, no real go-to move once he gets the ball inside ... Hands are average at best, does not necessarily attack the ball when it is in his area ... Foul trouble was a constant concern, limited his minutes greatly ... Was hampered by injuries his sophomore season and seemed to be limited by them a bit as a junior as well ... Could improve quite a bit as an offensive rebounder, getting the ball at its highest position ... Still struggles with where to be on the floor, his court sense is still very much in the developmental stages ... While his lack of experience may give him potential to improve, Dedmon is a major project who is going to be turning 24 prior to the NBA season ... His defense made strides, yet his offense remained limited ... With his size and athleticism, brings up major questions as to whether he understands the game enough to make an impact at the NBA level ... Seems at least a few years away from being able to get rotation minutes, not to mention will need even more improvement to ever be a viable starting center

Notes: Kevin O'Neill called him a likely early entry first round pick before he ever played a game at USC, which apparently set the bar too high ... Interesting story as he is new to playing sports as his mother felt his faith as a Jehovah's Witness was more important and did not encourage him to get into basketball ... Was suspended at the end of the 2013 season for a bar fight incident along with a teammate in Spokane, still may be facing consequences for this incident ... Brings up some definite question marks, along with the fact that he never really made the impact one might have expected him to ... Very intriguing prospect who some team may look to take a chance on in the 2nd round ...

Michael Visenberg 5/10/13

Notes: Played his freshman season (2010-11) at Antelope Valley Junior College and averaged 6.6 points and 7.8 rebounds ... Will be eligible to play as a sophomore in 2011-12 at USC and is being hyped by coach O'Neail as a potential first round pick

November 14, 2011

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