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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/02/2011 5:05 PM

    This thread will be for all the information you'll need for each and every draftee who will be heading into Portland for a workout before June 23rd's NBA Draft.

    The first six pre-draft workout participants will be coming into the PF on Monday, June 6th. Here's the low-down on their pro potential from the draft experts, NBADraft.Net and Draft Express. For a look at how each prospect performed while in college, check out RipCitySarah's "Meet The Participants" blog right here.


    Kenneth Faried
    Draft Express Scouting Report:
    Best Case: Better Rebounding Udonis Haslem
    Worst Case: Louis Amundson

     With his back to the basket, Faried remains heavily reliant on his right hand and prefers to operate over his left shoulder, flashing a very basic post repertoire that he'll likely struggle to translate against better competition. Despite his predictability, Faried saw nearly 40% of his offensive possession in the post according to Synergy Sports Technology. He converted 52.4% of those shots this season thanks in large part to the work he does before he receives the ball. Getting in an extremely low stance and working to seal his man before an entry pass is made, Faried doesn't show many counter moves, is limited with his left hand, shows average touch, and is at his best when simply able to take one dribble and elevate.
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    NBADraft.Net Scouting Report:
    Louis Amundson

    Strength-
     High energy post player who excels at doing the dirty work, in particular rebounding, defending and banging in the post ... Plays with exuberance and aggressiveness ... An above average, fluid athlete who is willing to sacrifice his body ... Huge hands help him to secure rebounds. Athletic body ... An excellent run/jump athlete with explosive leaping ability ... His long arms and explosiveness help to compensate for his lack of ideal size ... One of the most dominant interior forces on the college level, leads the nation in rebounds at 13.3 rpg ... A good shot blocker with timing and instincts
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    Weakness
     Undersized both in height (6'8) and weight (225 lbs) to play the 4 position at the NBA level ... Has to overcome the disadvantages of playing at Morehead, Kentucky in a smaller (Ohio Valley) Conference ... Scouts are less likely to give credence to standout stats against lesser opponents ... Needs to further develop his post skills. His moves are too predictable even against lesser competition ... Lacks any real face the basket skills. Touch and consistency are not great.
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    Isaiah Thomas
    Draft Express Scouting Report:
     Looking at his point guard abilities, Thomas has matured substantially since we last profiled him, showing much better instincts and outstanding court vision. This 180 degree change in production and mentality as a playmaker makes all the difference in evaluating his draft stock, as it was nearly impossible to envision him making it in the NBA as a 5-9 shoot-first combo guard.

    Operating at his best in transition, Thomas always keeps his head up and is capable of making hard, precise passes on the move, frequently threading the needle through the defense for spectacular plays.

    In the halfcourt, Thomas is at his best operating out of the pick-and-roll, where his extremely low center of gravity and elite change of direction ability makes him a huge threat splitting double teams. He shows good ability making passes out of these situations, while also excelling on both short and deep drive-and-kicks. He does tend to show some problems making entry passes, however, being limited in potential angles at his size.
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    Matthew Bryan-Amaning
    Draft Express Scouting Report:
     Looking at Bryan-Amaning's game, there is a stark contrast in the style of offensive play he employed in college compared to what he'd have a chance at doing in the NBA initially. Bryan-Amaning relies heavily on a somewhat unrefined back-to-the-basket game at the moment, one he's not terribly efficient with but shows some nice flashes. He is extremely quick for a player his size and is capable of beating many players laterally in the low and mid post, while his length and creativity allow him to finish from multiple angles around the rim. Still, ultimately this area of his game is still unpolished and not yet consistent.
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    NBADraft.Net Scouting Report:
    Strength-
     Mathew is a very athletic and physical power forward. He is a great leaper and loves to dunk the ball. His offensive post moves are decent with his back to the basket but hes better when facing up.
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    Weakness-
    Defense is the biggest question mark for Mathew. He often seems desireless on defense and thus does not make as big of an impact on this side of the floor as compared to offense.
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    Austin Freeman
    Draft Express Scouting Report:
    As it stands, Freeman's lack of ideal athleticism is the biggest obstacle hindering him from being an intriguing prospect. He brings plenty to the table offensively. His value on that end the floor starts with his jump shooting ability. After seeing his three point percentage dip from the 40% he shot as a freshman to 30% as a sophomore, Freeman bounced back in a big way as a junior to the tune of a 44.4% mark from distance. Ranking highly in both three point percentage and true shooting amongst players in our database, the Dematha HS was at his best last season when he could set his feet on the perimeter and using his mechanically sound shooting form and quick release to make opposing defenses pay from beyond the arc.
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    NBADraft.Net Scouting Report:
    Stength-
     A 6'4 shooting guard with a strong build and a wide frame, Freeman has an excellent outside game with a smooth, clean release ... He excels at spotting up, and shot an extremely high percentage from downtown at 44% ... Has a good understanding of spacing and moves well without the ball to get open ... He can pull up off the dribble from mid-range with a high comfort level
    Weakness-
     Freeman lacks athleticism at a position that requires it at the NBA level ... Both his lack of height and wingspan should make it even more difficult to overcome his athletic limitations ... He is not an adept ball handler, usually relying on his strength to overpower his defender and get to the rim



    Corey Fisher

    Draft Express Scouting Report:
    On the positive side, Fisher is a deadly shooter when spotting up or pulling up in space, showing range to the NBA three-point line and very good form when he has space. Things break down for his shot considerably when he's pulling up from isolation situations, however, as he tends to go off balance and not contain his momentum well. Given Villanova's guard-heavy, isolation-based offense, this is something Fisher gets into trouble with a decent amount, and it will be interesting to see how he adjusts this year when he's forced to shoulder even more of the shot creation burden.
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    NBADraft.Net Scouting Report:
    Strength-
     Confidence is unshakeable ... A competitor and big game player ... A stocky guard who does not shy away from contact ... Very powerful lower body Athletically, he has an incredible combination of bulk, quickness, and body control ... Has a great hesitation move Naturally someone who looks to get to the bucket ... Can really handle the rock ... One man press-breaker ... A bit flashy ... Very creative, even in the half-court ... Has a very soft touch around the basket
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    Weakness-
     Naturally very aggressive offensively, which means that sometimes he tries to do too much ... Expects a lot out of his teammates, and gets visibly frustrated with them when they make mistakes ... When his confidence in his shot was at an all-time high, he started to shy away from his bread and butter C taking his man off the dribble; if he runs into trouble with penetration on higher levels, he may start relying on his outside shot too much ... 
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    Jon Diebler

    Draft Express Scouting Report:
     At 6'6, Diebler has good size for an NBA wing player. His skinny 200-pound frame and average wingspan, however, leave much to be desired from a physical perspective. He is just an average athlete, as well, lacking ideal quickness and explosiveness for his position.

    While Diebler's physical profile is less than impressive, he ranks as one of the most efficient players in college basketball over the last decade, ranking #1 in True Shooting Percentage and points per possession.

    Diebler's efficiency stems primarily from the role he plays and his acceptance of his function in Ohio State's offense—for which his skill-level is perfectly tailored. Over 40% of his offensive possessions come in the form of spot-up jump shots, and Diebler converts an outrageous 50% of 7.2 three-point field goal attempts per 40 minutes pace adjusted. As one would expect, his mechanics are flawless, he elevates well, and he is nearly automatic in rhythm. Furthermore, he is just as effective shooting with or without a hand in his face, thanks to his solid size and quick release.
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  1. blah
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    Posted 06/02/2011 5:53 PM

    I don't think Farfied will be there at 21...
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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 06/04/2011 6:56 AM

    Faried.  If the Blazers are to move up in this years draft, my hope is that it will be for the Moorehead State forward.  You can't teach, or "coach-up" motor.  A motor like Faried's is rare, and will translate into the elimination of many, if not all, of his weaknesses.  Go get him.
    I am a fan of players that play with PASSION and PRIDE
  1. mbmurr1
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    Posted 06/04/2011 8:26 AM

    Faried will not be there at 21 he will be gone by 12 so we better move up or be proven the fool.
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  1. Taylor Hybl
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    Posted 06/04/2011 8:37 PM

    faried is great high energy, athletisim off the charts.
    If we are seriously looking for a point guard the timerwolves have the second pick in the draft.  Ricky rubio just sighned his  contract for them so they are going to have a log jam at point if they draft kyrie.  If indeed williams is the first pick in the draft, the blazers should offer batum and a draft pick for the t wolves number 2 pick , so we could pick up kyrie.  The timber wolves would probably take the offer for a small forward which they need.
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  1. stacksfan2005
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    Posted 06/06/2011 1:42 PM

    id take faried, look at his brian grant hair, that's all you need to be in the NBA IMO
  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 06/06/2011 2:17 PM

    I haven't been this excited about a backup Power Forward prospect since DeJaun Blair and Paul Millsap
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  1. stacksfan2005
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    Posted 06/08/2011 11:31 AM

    i still say give pendergraph a shot at backup PF, he was pure intensity and nasty.
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 06/11/2011 12:13 PM

    KP's not here no mo. We ain't gonna get a good rookie. Who you people kiddin'.



    Draft more Huskies.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. commontongue
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    Posted 06/11/2011 1:03 PM

    There are a couple of Big time PF's that are wasting away in the league.
    Brandon Bass could have been a beast were he hungry enough.
    Paul Milsap, is brooding and sulking.
    Carl Landry, nuff said.
    Luis Scola, damned decent,and fearless.
    Jason Maxiel, where is that dude? I mean , i know he's in Detroit, but i havent heard about him in two years.

    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/13/2011 1:54 PM

    The first six pre-draft workout participants will be coming into the PF on Monday, June 6th. Here's the low-down on their pro potential from the draft experts, NBADraft.Net and Draft Express. For a look at how each prospect performed while in college, check out RipCitySarah's "Meet The Participants" blog right here.


    Kyle Single
    Draft Express Scouting Report:
    Best Case: Jeff Green
    Worst Case: Matt Barnes


    Singler will likely play a similar role as a spot-up shooter at the next level and he has proven to be an outstanding role player for Duke throughout his career. This season, in particular, he has thrived as a capable and willing passer while turning the ball over a career low 1.9 times per 40 minutes pace adjusted. Similarly, his high energy level, effort, and focus on offense will likely help him overcome some of his athletic deficiencies in the NBA.
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    NBADraft.Net Scouting Report:
    NBA Comparison: Kiki Vandeweghe

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     An experienced champion and winner at the college level, Singler has as impressive a resume’ as any prospect in this class … A 4-year starter who was an impact player at Duke as soon as he put on the uniform … At 6’9 and the 228 lb frame he has worked hard on, he has good size for the SF spot he’ll likely occupy for year to come at the NBA level … Very unselfish player who acceted and understood his role at Duke and played it beautifully … Has an effective jump shot with soft touch and the height and release to get it off easily …
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    Weakness
    Singler could struggle with his below average athleticism at the next level … Will struggle on D, and will have to do little things like take charges and hustle hard to not be a complete non-factor on that end … Is pretty stiff laterally, and can be blown by off the bounce, even by players with middling athleticism … Scouts waited 4 years for Singler to emerge into an elite shooter, but he never did and was largely just decent … Struggled particularly badly with his shot as a Sr. (32% from 3-point range) … Misses too many open shots to be considered a pure shooter, and is prone to long stretches of inefficient shooting …
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    Nikola Vucevic
    Draft Express Scouting Report:
    Best Case: Mehmet Okur
    Worst Case: David Andersen
    One of the most improved players on the west coast this season, Nikola Vucevic has seen his stock rise considerably over his three year career at USC. Arriving on campus as a skinny, lanky freshman, Vucevic is now amongst the more imposing big men in the 2011 draft. The tallest player at the 2011 NBA combine standing 6'11.75” with shoes on, the first thing we noticed about Vucevic is just how big he is. Tipping the scales at 260, Vucevic looks like a NBA center, and his improvement as a scorer in the post and as a rebounder only add to his intriguing blend of physical stature and skill level.
     Vucevic is spending a lot of time here working on his jump shot, which looked terrific in the session we watched. At one point, Vucevic knocked down 11 straight college-three pointers, showing terrific mechanics in the process. Considering he made a solid 39% of his catch and shoot jumpers last season according to Synergy Sports Technology, Vucevic is already a solid shooter, but is still looking to improve his consistency even more. He clearly understands what consistent range out to 20+ feet can do for him on the NBA level as he begins to find himself in pick and roll and pick and pop situations more frequently.
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    Jon Leuer
    Draft Express Scouting Report:
    Leuer showed that he can consistently score both facing the basket and with his back to the basket at Wisconsin, but in the single session we watched, it was interesting to see pieces of his game dissected and how the minor changes he made added to what he does. Tending to hold the ball for too long and look at the floor and jab if he can't get a shot off as soon as he turns to face from the midrange, Leuer had some initial struggles scoring off the bounce against Lee, but he more than held his own after MacLean and Lee pointed out the changes he needed to make. Once he did a better job turning to face, keeping his eyes on the rim, looking for contact on the up and under, and not telegraphing his moves, he looked extremely crisp.
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    NBADraft.Net Scouting Report:
    NBA Comparison: Kirk Haston

    Strength-
     Leuer is coming off a solid season in which he averaged 15 points in his 3rd season at Wisconsin ... At 6'10, Leuer presents matchup problems with his combination of size, outside stroke, and the ability to put the ball on the floor ... He possesses excellent footwork in the post, using an array of post moves that make him unpredictable with his back to the basket ... He shows nice touch in the post, and looks comfortable turning and shooting in any direction ... He has range up to 21 feet out, shooting 39% from downtown at the college level ...
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    Weakness-
    A finesse guy, Leuer lacks in the strength and explosiveness department, which is troublesome when considering the power he would have to go up against at the next level ... He lacks the ability to body up and keep his ground, which will be an issue on the post offensively, and guarding the post defensively ...
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    Jereme Richmond
    Draft Express Scouting Report:
    Richmond's ability to defend the perimeter is important because at just 6'6, he has spent most of his time playing a power forward-type role offensively for the Illini in the high post to allow Mike Davis and Mike Tisdale to using their shooting ability stepping out on the baseline. Despite showing a raw versatility and midrange game that give him intriguing upside, most of his offensive possessions come from basic hustle plays and post-ups against smaller guards off of switches. An extremely effective finisher and rebounder thanks to his leaping ability, Richmond flashes a hook shot that could be an asset to him against smaller players if he continues to develop it down the road.
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    NBADraft.Net Scouting Report:
    NBA Comparison: Shawne Williams/Trevor Ariza

    Stength-
    Athletic forward with good defensive potential ... Impressive leaping ability and explosiveness ... Good lateral quickness ... Cuts to the basket well ... Sets himself up for easy baskets around the rim ... Great finishing ability ... Has good size for a small forward at the next level ... Long wingspan, measured at 6'10.25" ...
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    Weakness-
    More of an athlete than anything else ... Lacks the size/strength to play power forward, but doesn't have the skills to play on the perimeter ... Offensive game is extremely raw ... Not comfortable creating offense for himself ... Has the potential to be a good shooter, but hasn't turned that potential into results ... No three point range on his jump-shot ... Very turnover prone ...
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    Jeremy Tyler

    Draft Express Scouting Report:
    Tyler played 12 minutes and finished with 5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 fouls, 2 turnovers and 1 block on 2-4 shooting from the field this weekend, helping his Maccabi Haifa team secure the victory on the road over Barak Netanya. It's good to see him crack the rotation in a more significant way and find some productivity at such a young age. Hopefully he can build on this and continue to progress.
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    NBADraft.Net Scouting Report:
    NBA Comparison: Nazr Muhammad

    Strength-
     Highly touted prep big man, Tyler was considered at or ner the top of his class for a very long time …When you look at him it’s obvious why, as he looks like an NBA big man despite his age, at 6’10 260 … Moves well and shows good coordination and fluidity for a guy his size … Possesses a monster 7’5 wingspan and big hands, so he’ll be able to play larger than his height … Shows a potentially solid post game with a raw, albeit, interesting amount of moves and counters, that he definitely flashes with the ball at times … Shows good footwork for his size …
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    Weakness-
    Although he’s got good size and athleticism, he’s not all that decisive in his moves and he will be easier for NBA posts to defend until he tightens his moves with the ball in his hands … Although he has the groundwork and foundation of his post game, he’s not polished with it yet … Settles for the jumper often…Relies on his size too much, and it leads to inconsistent efficiency offensively and makes him a very shaky defender … Doesn’t play very hard, and it’s not rare for him not to run back on defense and his team to give up a basket or an offensive rebound ... Needs to develop focus, consistentcy and discipline ... Struggled mightily with fouls when he was playing in Japan this past season, and wasn’t much better in Israel either ... Displays a low basketball IQ and raw decision-making skills, and he’s pretty turnover prone … Doesn’t really like to pass the ball…There are legit questions about his maturity and character …
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 06/14/2011 2:24 PM

    Vucevic reminds me of Channing Frye and wouldn't be a bad pickup because we really need outside shooting. I just hate when the bigs are the ones shooting from deep because it makes it tougher to grab rebounds on the offensive end.

    I think Singler sticks in this league but will be like a Brian Cardinal/Edjuardo Najera type of player where he fights for every loose ball, gets under the opposition's skin and can hit an open 3.
    I am a fan of Watching Elliot Williams Take Flight!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/17/2011 1:27 PM

    The nine pre-draft workout participants will be coming into the PF on Friday, June 17th. Here's the low-down on their pro potential from the draft experts, NBADraft.Net and Draft Express. All images courtesy of Getty Images.


    Darius Morris
    Draft Express Scouting Report:
    Best Case: Andre Miller
    Worst Case: Mustafa Shakur

    Running the point for a young Michigan team, Morris has really stood out with his ability to utilize his size, ball-handling ability, and craftiness to get into the paint and make plays. His ability to finish in the lane and in the midrange area is highlighted by the fact that he's shooting an excellent 56% on 2-pointers so far this season, where he's shown that he's capable of finishing in a variety ways. He's also doing a much better job drawing contact at the rim this season, as he's getting to the line at a much rate than he did as a freshman.
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    NBADraft.Net Scouting Report:
    NBA Comparison: Andre Miller

    Strength-
    Confident lead guard with a good amount of mismatch potential ... Excellent size for a point guard, standing 6'5.25" tall with a 6'7.5" wingspan ... Strong finishing ability due to size and body control ... Powerful first step, which is surprising considering his lack of great foot speed ... Very aggressive ... Can drive well with either hand ... Uses hesitations, spin moves and crossovers to break down his defender in isolation situations ... Has the potential to use his size in the post against smaller point guards ... Very gifted passer in a half-court offense ... Tremendous court vision ...
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    Weakness
    Doesn't possess any outstanding athletic qualities ... Not an explosive leaper ... Lacks great speed or quickness ... Lacks a great understanding of how to control transition opportunities, often attempting to force the issue despite being outnumbered ... Underdeveloped catch-and-shoot ability hurts his potential to play well without dominating the ball... Prone to taking ill-advised shots ...
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    Nolan Smith
    Draft Express Scouting Report:
    Developing into one of the most well-rounded guards in college basketball, Nolan Smith has answered some questions about his NBA future by filling in for Kyrie Irving on one of the nation's best teams, while leaving some still unanswered. Standing at 6'3”, with a solid frame and good length, whether or not teams view Smith as capable of running the point for an extended period of time may determine how high he goes on draft night.
    Having played the role of a combo guard in years past, Smith has shown an improved ability to run a team this year. He has edged into the tail end of the top 25 of NCAA point guard prospects in assists per-40 minutes pace adjusted, although his other point guard metrics still look underwhelming since he can be turnover prone at times. This is a problem largely stemming from the increased offensive burden he's asked to carry in the absence of Irving, a role which will likely decrease in the NBA.
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    NBADraft.Net Scouting Report:
    NBA Comparison: CJ Watson

    Strength-
    Smith was a major contributor on a Duke team coming off a National Championship ... At 6'3, he has nice size and length for a point guard, and has enough overall awareness and skill to play off the ball as well ... With the ball in his hands, Smith's high basketball IQ and excellent ball security allow him to efficiently run an offense ...
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    Weakness-
    Smith's biggest obstacle at the next level will be trying to create separation between him and his defender ... He lacks explosiveness, and therefore takes longer to execute his move and get by his defender... He's not a dynamic athlete, which limits his upside considering he already struggles in the one on one game...
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    Demetri McCamey
    Draft Express Scouting Report:
    Outside the 3-point arc, McCamey demonstrated that he's a top notch shooter at the point guard position, connecting on an excellent 45% of his 3-pointers this season. He's comfortable shooting off the dribble or off the catch, and he has range well past the NBA 3-point line. This bodes well for him going forward, and should help to open up the floor for dribble penetration for himself and his teammates, especially if he needs to spend time playing off the ball, which is certainly a possibility at his size.
     McCamey's defense also looked to drop off this season. We've noted before that he'll likely face questions about his lateral quickness, but he seemed to lack the focus and consistent energy level on the defensive end, leading to him getting caught out of position and beat off the dribble far too often.
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    Malcolm Thomas
    Draft Express Scouting Report:
    Physically, Thomas has intriguing tools that mesh well with what he brought to the table on the college level. He's a bit undersized for a NBA power forward at just 6'8, but his 7'2 wingspan made him a menacing shot blocker at SDSU and allows him to play a bit taller than he's listed. While his 220 pound frame could still use additional muscle, Thomas is a good all-around athlete, running the floor well and looking exceptionally quick off his feet when pursuing rebounds.
     The biggest question marks about Thomas revolve around his jump shot. Through Synergy data indicates that Thomas made just 6 of the 25 jumpers he attempted last season, Thomas has promising form that with continued polish and repetition could open up a number of facets of his game. He didn't attempt too many jumpers here, but if he wants to improve his NBA stock, he'd be well served to diversify the roles he can play by honing his midrange game.
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    Rick Jackson

    Draft Express Scouting Report:
    A good rebounder in college, Jackson didn't especially stand out in that department here. He pulled in a solid 8.0 rebounds in 26 minutes per game, but his own numbers weren't helped any by sharing a frontcourt with Old Dominion's Frank Hassell, who led the entire tournament in rebounding by a wide margin. Looking to the NBA, Jackson's work on the boards is still his best selling point, but it's worth noting on a per-minute pace-adjusted basis, he was outrebounded by over 20 players in our database this past season.
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    NBADraft.Net Scouting Report:

    Strength-
    Rick Jackson began his senior year close to 30 pounds lighter, which has paid off so far over two months into the season ... Jackson rarely operates outside of the paint, scoring most of his points when he's established deep position under the hoop or on second chance opportunities ... He has a good feel for the basket up to ten feet or so, using his length and new found mobility to grab rebounds and finish in traffic ... In the post, he uses his strength to back down his defender and finish over him ...
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    Weakness-
    Jackson lacks advanced post moves, and isn't necessarily a threat one on one ... He hasn't shown he's capable of knocking down shots from the outside, and possesses little to no face-up game or any real ability to beat his defender off the dribble ... Post skills are unrefined ... Very poor free throw shooter ...
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    Jordan Williams
    Draft Express Scouting Report:
    Not only has Williams put in some serious work on his body, he's also made a considerable effort to add to his game. Williams was one of the few players in three-on-three competition not named Jon Diebler confident enough to attempt jump shots under the one-shot-and-out rules the prospects were playing under. We didn't see much in the way of a midrange game from Williams at Maryland, but his form looks compact, consistent, and is definitely a notable development in his arsenal.
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    NBADraft.Net Scouting Report:
    NBA Comparison: Carlos Boozer/Sean May

    Strength-
    Broad shoulders and burly body have the potential to be chiseled into a vintage power forward ... Has dramatically improved his conditioning since he arrived on campus, but work remains to be done ... Works hard on the court as well as off it, hustling down court on fast breaks more often than many others his size. ... Impossible to stop when he's moving forward in the paint because of his size. ... Very soft touch combined with a willingness to go with a layup instead of a risky dunk ... Developing instincts as far as passing out of double teams ... Perhaps the most improved player in the country between his freshman and sophomore seasons, and the room to grow is still obvious ...
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    Weakness
    Still a bit out of shape and lumbers at times because he's always running up and down the court. Plays hard but not always smart ... Still needs to improve at feeling a double team rather than turning into it before realizing he needs to pass ... Lacks ideal length and often seems to be at his worse when longer, taller players smother him in the post. ...
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    Keith Benson
    Draft Express Scouting Report:
    Benson's ability to add weight and become an interior force is important, as he isn't a strong candidate to be a high usage player due to his inconsistency, lack of a go-to-move, and average decision-making skills. However, he flashes glimpses of some extremely interesting tools offensively, including a hook shot with his off-hand, the ability to use the glass, and a knack for finishing short-range looks. With almost half of his touches coming in the post, Benson has very nice footwork and phenomenal touch, but he'll need to add weight to help himself establish position on the block in the pro-game.
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    NBADraft.Net Scouting Report:
    NBA Comparison: Steven Hunter

    Strength-
    Late blooming bigman "hiding out" at mid major Oakland University ... An excellent athlete particularly considering his size ... Owns a big wingspan (7-foot-2 roughly) ... Showed a lot of improvement between his freshman and sophomore seasons (5.2 & 3.5 to 14.3 & 7.8) ... Appears to still have a fair amount of room to improve ... Great in the open floor, runs very well ... Offensive skills are a work in progress but beginning to show nice development ... Has a solid jump hook ... Excellent touch on mid range shots ... Effectively uses the glass ... Completes a lot of ally oop dunks ...
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    Weakness
    Strength is his biggest hurdle. Still needs to add a lot of core strength ... At his current weight, he'll get pushed around in the paint at the next level ... Born in 1988, there is still hope that he can add a fair amount of muscle ... Will need to put weight on without affecting his mobility ... Appears 3-4 years of work in the weight room away from finding his optimum playing weight ...
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    Michael Dunigan
    Draft Express Scouting Report:
    A threat to establish deep post position at any time thanks to his terrific strength, Dunigan has extremely soft hands which allow him to catch virtually anything thrown his way. The overwhelming majority of his offense comes in this fashion, as he doesn’t possess a plethora of moves he can go to if he needs to create his own offense. Dunigan regardless gets to the free throw line at an excellent rate, although he only converts on 58% of his attempts once there. He seems to have nice touch around the rim (especially on his turnaround jumper and jump-hook), to complement his quick feet, so it may only be a matter of time until he improves substantially in these areas.
    The rest of Dunigan’s offense needs plenty of work. Right now he’s a fairly poor passer, looking somewhat single-minded once he catches the ball and decides to go to work. He doesn’t run the floor all that well, often appearing to be the last one up the court, jogging at a leisurely pace. He also shows very little resembling a face-up game, looking fairly awkward when attempting to shoot jumpers outside of 8 feet (which is reflected in his poor free throw percentages) and also not possessing any real ball-handling skills either. At 6-10, NBA teams would probably like to see Dunigan be able to spend at least a little time at the power forward position, but right now his skill-set is much closer to that of a traditional center.
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    Greg Smith
    Draft Express Scouting Report:
    Smith shows improved decision making abilities, however, cutting down on his turnovers and fouls while displaying improved passing and off-the-ball movement. Unfortunately, his motor still runs hot and cold, which leads to periods of ineffectiveness and invisibility on the offensive end. This, in addition to Fresno State's miserable offensive execution, likely explains his mediocre production and usage rate.
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    NBADraft.Net Scouting Report:
    NBA Comparison: DeVon Harden

    Strength-
    Has a tremendous package of size and strength for an 18 year old freshman (born January 1991) ... Has the body and willingness to play physically inside the paint ... Has a huge frame with wide shoulders and thick legs making it difficult to move him around in the post. It's scary to think how strong he will be in a few years ... Unlike many players with his dimensions, Smith has nice agility and athleticism ... Also shows excellent quickness on post moves ... Has excellent hands to corral rebounds and post passes ...
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    Weakness
    While he appears to be an excellent post prospect, his post game remains very raw. Post moves need refinement. He should develop some drop step moves and work with coaches on developing a few go to moves ... Needs to improve from the free throw line (shooting around 50% from the FT line 9 games info his freshman season). This becomes particularly important considering his bruising style of game and amount of trips to the line he figures to get in the future ... Needs to improve on his shooting range ...
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