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1 - Mike Conley

Ohio State 

  • Birthday: 10/11/87
  • NBA Position: Point Guard
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-1
  • Wt: 180
  • Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
  • High School: Lawrence North
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  • 2006 Statistics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NBA Comparison: TJ Ford

Aran Smith - 4/29/2007

Strengths: An ultra-quick lefty point guard with a solid feel for running a team His ability to get by opposing guards and into the paint is on the elite level Very cerebral, shows excellent decision making ability, especially considering his age His near 3/1 assist to turnover ratio is outstanding for a freshman pg Has solid experience playing alongside a great bigman as he has been teammates with Greg Oden since before their high school days A great passer with excellent vision Understands how to feed the post well, and can hit post players with excellent dishes off the dribble drive At 6-1, he has average size for the point guard position, but has good length in his arms allowing him to play bigger Above average athletically, his father (Mike Conley Sr.) is a world class track athlete, and the apple did not fall far from the tree Defensively he plays the passing lanes well and his great foot speed allows him to be an excellent on ball defender Thrives in the open floor, using his great speed to push the basketball Has a nice assortment of midrange runners and shots in the paint going towards the rim His dribble penetration is very difficult to contain as his first step and ball handling ability are tremendous Proved to be very clutch stepping up and leading his team deep into the tournament Fearless, appeared completely unfazed by the big stage of the Final Four playing like a seasoned veteran Against Georgetown in particular he was the difference, giving the Buckeyes the offensive lift they needed to reach the Championship game Really came on offensively at the end of the season, showing more aggressiveness going to the basket and drawing fouls

Weaknesses: The biggest knock against him is his age and level of experience entering the league at the point guard position. Many feel the development at the point guard position is much more difficult at the NBA level than in college. Entering the NBA after just one season in college has proven to be particularly difficult for point guards, the track record is not great His outside shooting is still a major question mark. He has solid form and can hit shots from the perimeter, but must gain better consistency and add range Shot just 30% from college 3, but did show some improvement at the end of the year Can improve from the line at 70% ... Not a real factor on the boards, but has the athleticism and toughness necessary to improve there Will likely take a few years before hes ready to handle a full time starting NBA gig Still has a lot to learn about running a team and all the responsibilities of a point guard Besides his tremendous NCAA tourney performance, he's somewhat unproven offensively ...

Notes: Hes got the qualities to become an excellent NBA point guard, but entering after just his freshman year means he will likely take some time to reach his full potential, making him a riskier pick

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