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Strengths: Versatile southpaw guard with very good athleticism ... At 6'4 with long arms, has the size and length to play either guard position ... Displays a powerful burst to the basket with his natural lefty dribble ... Has a quick first step and long, easy strides ... Thrives in the open court where he can utilize his speed and attack in space ... Finishes extremely well in traffic, able to contort his body and get shots off at odd angles ... Being a lefty adds an element of surprise to his game. Shows a little floater in the lane ... Tremendous leaping ability. Good form on his jump shot, with decent lift ... On ball defense is top notch ... Light on his feet with great lateral quickness. Stays low in his stance. Uses his long wingspan to disrupt opponents and eliminate passing angles ... Reads passing lanes very well (.6 stl per game as a freshman) Great defensive awareness and anticipation ... Not afraid to get his hands dirty and do work on the glass (2.3 rpg) ... Smart kid with good character - shows desire to learn and improve.
Weaknesses: Despite a good looking jumper, is not comfortable with his shot yet ... Shot 25% from three and 50% from the stripe as a frosh ... Not a catch-and-shoot guy, preferring to walk into his shot with a few habit dribbles ... Shoots a layup or three pointer with very little in between - has not put his midrange game to much use ... His offensive game is lefty dominant. Drives are almost all to his left, and if he starts out right will usually spin back to his left ... Shoots too many lefty layups from the right side of the floor ... Ball handling and passing must improve, especially if he plans to play the 1 ... Looks like a young colt at times, full of energy but needs to learn to play within himself ... Can definitely stand to add some bulk to his frame.
Adam Ganeles 11/14/09
YouTube Clip – 4/10/2008
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