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Rudy Gay

Connecticut
Sophmore

Height: 6'9
Weight: 220 lbs.
Position: Small Forward
Date of Birth: 08/18/86

Strengths: Highlight reel waiting to happen. Rudy is a great athlete who is versatile and has the complete package on offense. He is great at running the floor, and can finish as good as any player despite having a skinny frame. Rudy is different from many other top calibre athletes because he has the skill to go along with his athleticism. He has a great midrange game, but spends a majority of his time in the post where he is extremely effective. He is a good slasher, and has a decent crossover to help him cut through the defense. Rudy is a good rebounder for a swing player. He is very unselfish and has decent court vision for a swing player. His length and athleticism contribute to him being a good defender and terrific shot blocker.

Weaknesses: His ballhandling is probably his biggest weakness right now. He will surely play the 3 spot on the next level, so this will have to improve. Because of his average ballhandling skills, you will see him turn it over a lot when getting into the lane. He still needs to put more weight and strength on his skinny frame. He also needs to improve his lateral quickness as he has trouble defending quicker players on the wing. Being a young player he just needs more experience, and another year under a great coach like Jim Calhoun should prove to help Gay in the future.

Synopsis: With another year of improving his game under Calhoun, Rudy Gay could very well be the #1 pick in the 2006 draft. He has the athleticism, and the tools to become a great player on the next level. Many people including myself believe that Rudy is a better player than Marvin Williams; a player who was in his high school class and was selected #2 overall in the 2005 draft.
 

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Rodney Carney

Memphis
Senior

Height: 6'7
Weight: 205 lbs.
Position: Shooting Guard
Date of Birth: 04/06/1984

Strengths: A terrific athlete with tremendous offensive skill. His jumpshot has improved, and he has NBA 3 point range. He is a streaky shooter, but when his jumpshot is falling, he is one of the most dangerous shooters in the country. His jumper is impossible to block with the elevation he gets on it. When his shot is falling, he then uses his great first step to blow by defenders and get to the basket. Rodney is also a pesky defender and uses his athleticism, length and quickness to really bother his opponent. A fairly good rebounder.

Weaknesses: Unbelievably inconsistent. It seems when his jumpshot isn’t falling; his whole game suffers. Because of this inconsistency, Coach Calipari is forced to reduce his minutes and that can hurt a players confidence. Along with this inconsistency comes bad shot selection. When his jumpshot isn’t falling he tends to float on the perimeter and jack up ill-advised shots. His ballhandling ability is not good for a perimeter player, and hinders his ability to slash. Lacks good passing ability and court vision.

Synopsis: Some think a lot of Rodneys problems are due to the fact that Memphis doesn’t have a real system, so it allows the players to just do whatever. If he is under the right coach at the next level, I see no reason why Rodney cannot be a star. He has tremendous physical tools, he just needs to improve his mindset and keep improving his game to reach his potential.
 

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Adam Morrison

Gonzaga
Junior

Height: 6'8
Weight: 215 lbs.
Position: Small Forward
Date of Birth: 7/20/1984

Strengths: A marvel to watch offensively. He can nail the outside jumper as good as anyone. But he can also take to the ball to the hole off the dribble or pulling up for the midrange shot. He has long arms and shoots the ball above his head; making his jumpshot impossible to block. Has great basketball understanding and can create offense for both himself and his teammates. He is a good ball handler as well, so pair that with the unselfishness and vision he possess’, and you have yourself a potential point forward. Adam is a very hard worker and always leaves it out on the court. He is a fierce competitor and loves to step it up in the clutch.

Weaknesses: The first weakness you see when you watch Adam is his athleticism. Because of this lack of athleticism he does struggle on the defensive end. This has nothing to do with not working hard on that end of the floor, he just needs to improve his lateral quickness, and his footwork. As you watch him more and more though, you see that he isn’t as unathletic as you once thought he was, but he still will have problem with quicker perimeter players. Adam has a developing post game but he needs to put on the strength to really solidify this part of his game. He is very lanky and frail, and could stand to put on a lot more weight.

Synopsis: If Adam had come out this past year, many thought he would have been a lottery pick, or close to it. But if he works on the holes in his game, and keeps improving, he could find himself in the top 5 in this upcoming draft.
 

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Josh Boone

Connecticut
Junior

Height: 6'10
Weight: 230 lbs.
Position: Power Forward/Centre
Date of Birth: 11/22/1984

Strengths: Just a flat out beast on the defensive end of the floor. He is a very athletic player and uses that to his advantage on the boards and on the defensive end. He does like to run the floor, and you will see him get a lot of open dunks because of his willingness to run. He leaves it all out on the floor and plays with a consistent intensity throughout. Josh is a great post defender and uses all of his physical tools to the utmost advantage. He has great footwork, long arms, athleticism and great hands which he uses to become the great defender, rebounder, and shotblocker that he is. He is fundamentally sound and does all those little things that contribute to his team winning. He is an absolute beast on the offensive glass; he always seems to be in the right place for that key offensive rebound. He is a good interior passer and is willing to give up the ball in the post. He has shown great work ethic the past two years at Uconn improving his game under Calhoun, and learning from Emeka Okafor. Josh has a soft touch around the basket, but is still developing his post game.

Weaknesses: His offensive game is still a work in progress. He doesn’t have the ability to face up and put the ball on the floor, and refuses to take jumpshots. One could say this is a good thing because he knows his limitations, but he needs to be more selfish. A vast majority of his scoring comes from put backs or open dunks when running the floor. Josh also has a tendency to get into foul trouble early on in games, which hurts his team.

Synopsis: Josh is already a NBA level defender, but as mentioned before, his offensive has a long way to go. But when you pair Josh’s excellent footwork in the post and his tremendous work ethic, you would think his offensive game is going to improve a lot come next year. If his offense improves, Josh is a lock for the top 10 in next years draft, with a very good chance to go even higher.
 

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Shannon Brown

Michigan State
Junior

Height: 6'3
Weight: 220 lbs.
Position: Point Guard/Shooting Guard
Date of Birth: 11/29/1985

Strengths: Shannon is a great athlete that has the explosiveness of very few people. Combine that with his huge vertical, and the guy is a highlight reel waiting to happen. He's also got an NBA body to go with this athleticism with makes him a great finisher. Shannon has shown good consistency on his jumper and has the range all the way out to the NBA three point line. He gets great elevation on his jumper which allows him to just shoot over his defender with ease. When he puts his mind to it, he has shown the ability to be a very good defender that has the quickness to stay with point guards, and the bulk and length to stay with wing players.

Weaknesses: Obviously the biggest weakness you would associate with Shannon is his height. He is 6'3 and doesn't have the skills necessary to be a point guard. He has to work on his handle, and his court vision and passing abilities aren't up to par. Despite having the tools to be a good defender, he just doesn't put his full effort onto this end of the ball that often. If he had full intensity on this end of the floor more often, he would be a very good defender. Shannon is also a very streaky shooter. When he isn't hitting his shots, he gets frustrated, and tends to force his shots up. This hurts his team because he becomes selfish when trying to get his shot to fall.

Synopsis: Shannon will get more playing time this year, and hopefully he will see more time at the point guard spot. If he shows improvement in his point guard skills, he will be a first round pick. Reminds you a lot of Steve Francis with his explosive athleticism, thick body, and lack of point guard skills.
 

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Rajon Rondo

Kentucky
Sophmore

Height: 6'1
Weight: 175 lbs.
Position: Point Guard
Date of Birth: 02/22/1986

Strengths: One of if not the quickest player in all of college basketball. When you combine that quickness with great ballhandling skills, it allows him to penetrate to the basket as easily as anyone. Rajon has great athleticism and body control which he uses to finish around the basket. He is a pure point guard with very good passing abilities and court vision. He is excellent at penetrating then kicking it out to his open teammates. Perhaps Rajon's best attribute is his ruthlessness on the defensive end. With his quickness and his freakish wingspan, he is a pesky defender that gets a lot of steals and forces many turnovers.

Weaknesses: Rajons biggest weakness has to be his shooting; which really doesn't exist right now. He is a terrible shooter from the three point line, mid range, and even the free throw line. This hurts a point guards ability to create so much because his opponent can just back off and dare him to shoot, and then he cannot pentrate or create for his teammates. He also needs to work on his decision making because he tends to play out of control when he tries to do to much with the ball. Rajon has to hit the weight room to put on weight to his thin frame.

Synopsis: Rajon definetly has the ability to be an NBA point guard, but must polish his skills and really work on his game if he wants to become a first round pick anytime soon. Most notably he needs to work on his shot, and if he does, that will help his game a hell of a lot. At the very least he needs one more year at Kentucky to polish his game and then he can think about the NBA.
 

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J.J. Redick

Duke
Senior

Height: 6'4
Weight: 200 lbs.
Position: Shooting Guard
Date of Birth: 6/24/84

Strenghts: Redick enters the 2005-2006 season as one of the favorites for National Player of the Year. He is the best shooter in college basketball. He is fearless and already has NBA range. He is an automatic free throw shooter. J.J. is an improving slasher that can get to the basket and draw contact. He plalys pretty good defense which is something that has improved every year he has been at Duke. Off the ball there are few better at the College level. He moves well of screens and finds open shots.

Weaknesses: As with all College gunners, people wander if Redick will be able to create his own shot in the NBA. He is not the best rebounder. At 6'4 he is a little undersized to play the NBA shooting guard.

Synopsis: Redick is a tremendous college player. He is a lights out shooter and in my opinion will be able to find his shot in the NBA. J.J. seems to be a pretty hard worker and has improved every year. At this point he is a late first round prospect but don't be suprised if he is drafted much higher, especially if he has a tremendous season.
 

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Pops Mensah-Bonsu

George Washington
Senior

Height: 6'9
Weight: 226 lbs.
Position: Power Forward
Date of Birth: 09/08/1983

Strengths: A great athlete and explosive leaper. He runs the floor very well and is a great finisher. Extremely aggressive on the offensive end, and he loves to attack the rim and dunk the ball. Is hard to contain in the post because of his quickness, and aggressiveness. A good shotblocker that gets off the floor in an instant. A good rebounder who is improving in this area. A hustle player that brings great energy and leaves it all out on the floor.

Weaknesses: Pops is a very raw, unpolished player right now. His offensive game needs some real improvement. In college he can use his quickness in the post to get by defenders, but in the NBA where players are just as athletic, he won't get by with that type of stuff. Has no offensive game outside of the post. He is a terrible free throw shooter as his mechanics need work. He needs to develop his ballhandling skills to be able to have a face up game. Pops has a skinny frame and gets pushed around in the post on both ends of the floor. He is still learning the fundamentals, and needs to improve things such as rebounding positioning. He bites and reaches on a lot of pump fakes, which leads to many careless fouls.

Synopsis: Pop is blessed with great athleticism, but hasn't been playing the game for a long time; and you can tell. He doesn't have the skills you want in an NBA player, but if he keeps improving his game, and gains more experience, he will be fine. Declared for the draft in 2005, but pulled out to attend George Washington for his senior season. If he shows improvement next year, he could become a high-mid second round pick.
 

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Hassan Adams

Hassan Adams
College:Arizona
Senior

Height:6'4"
Weight:210
Position:SG/SF
Age:21
Birthday:6/21/1984

Strengths
Hassan is one of the most athletic players at his position in college basketball today. He is a very high-energy player, and plays with alot of emotion. He is very strong, and versitile on the court playing the 2,3,&4 spot this past year. Adams uses his athleticism, quickness, and power to get to the rim, he scores well inside despite his average height. Adams is a natural leader, and it shows on the court with his great hustle on both ends of the floor and willingness to go hard after rebounds.
Weaknesses
Hassans best position is small forward, and 6'4" 210lbs is nothing special. His ball handleing needs much improvement, he can handle the ball fine in a half court setting but he struggles bringing it up court and creating a shot for himself off the dribble.
Synopsis
Brings alot of energy to the game on both the offensive and defensive end, and is at his best when over powering his oppenent to get to the rim, relys alot on his athleticism and power to score, has a good looking jump-shot, but it needs much improvement, along with his ball handleing to thrive at the next level.
Misc. Info
Member of the 2004 USA World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Team that went 5-0 and captured the gold medal, qualifying the United States for the 2005 FIBA World Championship For Young Men.
Attended Westchester High School (Calif.), where he was named to the 2002 All-USA first team by USA Today after averaging 18.3 ppg., 5.4 rpg. and 3.1 apg. as a senior. Played in the 2001 McDonalds all-american team
The cousin of former Arizona teammate Salim Stoudamire
College Stats
Season Averages
.---YR GMS MIN PTS REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF FG% FT% 3P% PPS
2004-05 37 29.5 12.7 6 2.8 2.3 1.2/1 1.9 0.5 2.1 0.491 0.714 0.302 1.16
2003-04 30 30.5 17.2 7.3 1.6 1.9 1/1.2 1.5 1.5 2.6 0.542 0.733 0.384 1.4
2002-03 32 17.9 9.1 3.4 0.6 1.3 1/2.3 1.3 0.3 1.5 0.49 0.787 0.206 1.21

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Paul Davis

Paul Davis
Michigan State
Senior

Height:6'11"
Weight:255
Position: pf/c
Age:21
Birthday:7/21/84

Strengths
Paul has an NBA ready body frame for the pf position. If he continues to workout and keep himself in shape he will be a solid big man in the league, and there is no reason to believe he won't, he's gotten a good reputation of being a very hard worker. Davis' best offensive strength is his footwork, he can allude defenders and create space for himself to get off high quality shots. And he's not afraid to take the mid-range jumper, he has a very respectable shot, fairly good knowledge of the game almost never takes a bad shot. He shows good hustle on defense, and plays good help D
Weaknesses
Paul struggles when he is guarding someone face-up, he is slow, and doesnt have very good lateral movement. He doesn't jump very high, or quickly for that matter. He is not a very good shot blocker, and for his size in the collegiate level his rebounding is somewhat of a disappointment, his passing also needs work.
Synopsis
Has very good size, but he isn't very strong he can't move or muscle guys. But he shows great fundamentals, and a good understanding of the game. Moves extremly well on offense, with smooth post-up moves, but lacks quickness. the D has to respect his outside J. He seems to get to the foul line alot, and he shoots a high free-throw percentage at around 80%.
I think Paul can play in the NBA and be affective for many years, but in my opinion he just doesnt posses the talent to be a good starting pf in the NBA, he'll be a very good back-up on any team though
Misc. Info
At age 10 he was the Michigan State punt, pass and kick champion sponsored by the NFL
College Stats
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.---YR GMS MIN PTS REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF FG% FT% 3P% PPS
2004-05 32 26.9 12.3 8.0 1.6 2.0 1/1.3 1.1 0.6 2.5 .541 .670 .125 1.35
2003-04 30 28.2 15.8 6.2 2.0 2.5 1/1.3 1.5 0.6 2.9 .568 .799 .333 1.65
2002-03 35 17.8 7.8 4.7 0.4 1.5 1/3.4 0.9 0.5 2.1 .438 .660 .167 1.36

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Daniel Gibson

Daniel Gibson
Texas
Sophomore

Height:6'2"
Weight:190lbs
Position:pG
Age:19
Birthday:2/27/86

Strengths
Terrific scoring point guard with decent size. Is at his best when running the fast break, great floor general on the offensive end, sets his teamates up well both on the fast break and a half court set. But he is definitly more comftorable with the ball in his hands, he's got killer ball handleing skills, and a great shot, especially from 3 point range. Gets up and down the floor very fast.
Weaknesses
Decision making: At times he makes poor decisions in certain situations in a game. He at times drifts away from his teamates and does his own thing, which hurts the flow of the offense.
Synopsis
Probably the quickest guard on the colligiate level, and already has great range on his shot. Is extremely difficult to stop when orchastrating the break, but sometimes he makes bad decisions with the ball but he will improve his decision making with expirience, he started at pg as a freshman last year.
Daniel has the ability to be an amazing playmaker on both ends of the the floor. I do think he'll be able to make an imidiate impact in the NBA soon - he should be one of the top guards in college next year.
Misc. Info
A McDonald's All-American recruit, Second-Team Parade All-American, Played for the USA Junior Select Team at the 2004 Nike Hoop Summit
College Stats
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.---YR GMS MIN PTS REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF FG% FT% 3P% PPS
2004-05 31 32.8 14.2 3.6 3.9 3.1 1.3/1 1.8 0.3 2.5 .417 .752 .398 1.40

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Darius Washington

Memphis
Sophmore

Height: 6'2
Weight: 185 lbs.
Position: Point Guard
Date of Birth: 12/07/1985

Strengths: A scoring point guard that knows how to get to the rim and put the ball in the basket. Darius uses his great ball handling skills and his break neck speed to blow by defenders and penetrate to the hole. He loves to push the ball up the floor and is very dangerous on the break. An agressive player that can get to the line and finish because of his strength. Is such a gifted offensive player with great saavy, when he has the ball in his hands you just feel that he is going to do something special. He can also keep the defense honest with his improving jumpshot and the great range that he has on it. Knows how to free himself from his defender to get his shot off. Darius is a great competitor that will put his team on his back night in night out.

Weaknesses: Darius is not a pure PG, he would much rather score than pass the ball. Like many young point guards, he needs to improve his decision making because he tends to turn the ball over a lot, and take bad shots. He is very inconsistent on getting his teammates involved. One game he will not look to pass to his teammates at all, and try to do everything himself, and another game he will move the ball around and get his teammates the ball; which is better for his team. Darius doesn't have a midrange game right now, developing a pull up jumper when penetrating to the basket would help his game a lot. Defensively, he has the tools to become a good defender with his athleticism, strength, and footspeed, but hasn't shown enough in this area.

Synopsis: Darius has great scoring ability, but needs to develop his point guard skills in order to become an elite prospect. He has to show improvement in his ability to get his teammates involved, and his defense his sophmore season. If he does, there is no reason he cannot become a lottery selection in 2006.
 

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