Strengths: Powerfully built sharpshooter with effortless range. Mechanically sound stroke. His release is quick and compact, with no excess moving parts. Strong lower body and core allow him to catapult into the shot despite unspectacular elevation. Textbook knee bend, feet square to the hoop at all times (running off screens). 56% of his field goal attempts came from distance in 2011-2012, converting nearly 38% (4th in Big East).Consistent scorer (14.3 PPG)-avoids bouts of streakiness like most gunners of his kind. Exhibits increased awareness in detecting the overplay, utilizing the pump fake to dribble into an uncontested mid-range jumper or occasionally attack with his strong frame. He’s displayed a soft touch off the bounce in relatively sparse opportunities. Not a fish out of water in the “in between game”. Slashing capabilities with no fear of contact. Underrated decision maker (1.5 TO) and unselfish passer (2.1 APG). An ideal fit for the Bearcats physical man-to-man defensive system. Disruptive force- bodying up his man and cutting off angles (1.3 SPG). Zero reluctance to get rugged on the boards (4.6 RPG) and plays his tail off.
Weaknesses: Undersized 2-guard at 6’4 with ordinary length. Solid athlete, but quickness and explosion are likewise average. Additionally, his ballhandling insecurities and lack of playmaking/creativity limit his one- on-one effectiveness-- thus limiting his aggression. With his strength physique taking 2.4 trips to the free throw line (75%) is tough to swallow. He should be throwing his weight around, overpowering college defenders and getting to the stripe by default; particularly given the respect he’s earned as a shooter. While it’s a credit to his makeup that he rarely forces shots, he gets very few “easy” looks (43% FG). It should be noted that half-court offense has not been a trademark of Cincinnati, often resulting in desperate attempts as the clock bleeds down (lack of playmakers).However, this also emphasizes the fact that he needs to be setup. There are concerns defensively in terms of length and lateral quickness against NBA off-guards. He’s got heavy feet and the strength advantage he currently enjoys won’t be present.