Strengths: Quintessential lead guard with winner's mentality ... Shows maturity and composure under pressure well beyond his years. Brings a combination of speed and power to the PG position ... Soothing hand at the controls with strong basketball IQ. Runs the offense efficiently ... Extremely secure ball handler and decision maker ... Displays good court vision and knowledge of teammates positioning on the floor ... Averaged 4.6 assists against only 2.2 turnovers last season for a 2.1 ratio ... Prefers to attack the paint, using his strength, change of pace dribble and change of direction to get by defenders ... Does his best work in transition where he is an absolute jet ... Charges into the paint like a running back, yet still with controlled aggression ... Does not get knocked off balance on drives, nor lose control of the rock. Gets to the FT line frequently (5.6 attempts as a Soph and 6.5 through four games this season) where he converts over 80% ... Has continued to take more initiative in scoring the ball, increasing his ppg average from 10 as a freshman to 15 as a sophomore, and looking even more confident early in 2009-2010 ... His outside shot has improved dramatically ... Shows good form with no excess movement ... Does his best shooting coming off screens, allowing him to set his feet with room for the release ... Also makes use of a step back jumper. Shot 39% from distance in 3 attempts per contest last season ... Smart defender with good awareness ... Uses his quick hands and anticipation to amass 1 steal per game for his collegiate career.
Weaknesses: His size and athletic limitations ... Not an explosive athlete ... Has difficulty beating defenders off the bounce in the half court ... Has a less than overwhelming first step ... Doesn’t maintain elevation through contact and has difficulty finishing amongst the trees at 6’1 ... An impressive leaper when given a full head of steam, but limited in confined spaces ... Despite improvements in his shooting stroke, still not a natural shooter ... Needs to improve consistency on his jumper ... Struggles to shoot off the dribble ... Defenders lay off him and make him take jumpers out of his comfort zone. Doesn’t create enough easy shots for himself or teammates ... Usually ends up taking a difficult attempt as a result of his inability to separate from defenders ... Shot only 39.5% from the field as a sophomore ... Lateral quickness is adequate, which he can mask at the college level ... Likely will struggle to stay in front of quicker guards at the next level ... His lack of height will also be exposed by bigger guards taking him into the post.
Notes: Led his team to the National Championship game in 2008-2009 ... Preseason Wooden Award candidate for 2009-2010 season ... Was selected to serve as a counselor at the Lebron James Skills Academy for top High School talent in the summer of 2009, exemplifying how respected he is by his peers.