Posts Tagged ‘2010 summer scouting’
With the release of the Wooden Award Nominees this week (seen here), the internet was ablaze with talk of Kevin Jones from West Virginia and how he had been left off the preseason list. Naturally, I had to go back to the NCAA Vault and see if the praise was warranted. I expected it was and was correct in my prediction. Let’s look at some of the things Jones does well for his team.
Jones averaged 3.5 offensive rebounds last season, for a 12.0% Offensive rebound percentage, 8th in the Big East. How does he do it? He has a great nose for the ball, a tenacity for attacking the rim and the strength to hold off defenders fighting for the loose ball.
Here, Jones is around the 3 point line when the shot goes up. He immediately dives to the basket, reads where the ball is coming off the rim and goes up and gets it. It is part hustle and part intelligence of seeing where the ball hits the rim and knowing where it will come off.
Here, he uses his strength to hold off a defender and pick up a foul on the offensive glass.
He shows off his smarts again here by getting into position for the rebound before the shot even goes up. Then, when the ball comes off the rim, he is in prime position to grab the offensive rebound (now he just has to learn to not bring the ball down).
Offensive rebounding is a big part of West Virginia’s game and Jones shows a desire and ability to help on that front. I fully expect him to keep this part of his game functioning this year, as he begins to help out in other areas for the team.
3 point shooting
Jones made just over 1 3 pointer per game last year while attempting 2.7 per game. His form is not perfect, as you will see, but the effectiveness is there, at 40.4% from distance. 3 pointers are not a big part of WVU’s overall game, but Jones has shown he can hit them with some regularity.
In this clip, he recognizes he is open, takes one dribble and knocks down the shoot. The only concern I have is with his landing. A great 3 point shooter will go up square and come down square. Jones lands a little off balance with one foot in front of the other. That is not great technique but he seems to be able to make shots from behind the college arc, so WVU fans will have to live with it.
Jones shows he can also catch and shoot in motion in this clip. Again, notice how he lands off balance. I will have to check in with him later this year to see if his form has changed or not.
Jones is a tough defender at 6’8″, which will keep him on the floor for a Bob Huggins team. Watch the following clip as he stands up to Kyle Singler and forces him into a tough shot. He uses his body to keep him at bay and is able to move his feet to stay with him as Singler drives to the bucket.
He gets help from Devin Ebanks, but Jones is the main reason why Singler is forced into a tough shot in this clip.
Jones also shows he is athletic enough to help with weakside D, as he comes across the paint in this clip to pick up the blocked shot. His block percentage was 3.1% last year, good for 22nd in the Big East. Again, he uses his length, quickness (for a big man) and intelligence to be a solid defensive player for the Mountaineers.
Jones uses the same skills he uses to be a great offensive rebounder on the defensive glass. His 13% defensive rebound rate was 42nd in the Big East but was hindered a bit by Ebanks and De’Sean Butler, as they dominated the glass for WVU. With them gone, Jones has the potential to rise up the charts and be one of the premier rebounders in the country.
When WVU plays in the 1-3-1 zone, Jones is in a great position to rebound. He uses his body to ward off offensive players and he has the athleticism to get up to the rim and rip down the rebound.
Room for Improvement
With the 3 games I watched, the following clip was the only time I saw Jones post up and attempt a shot from the post. Most of his field goals came from mid range jumpers or layups off offensive rebounds or on the break.
Jones looks comfortable with this turnaround jump shot but he will need to incorporate other moves into his post game to be an effective scorer. West Virginia lost 29 points from Ebanks and Butler alone and will need Jones to step up and take some of that on his shoulders.
By adding some new moves to his arsenal in the post, Jones could see an increase on his 13 point per game from last season. He will need to in order to help West Virginia get back to the NCAA tournament this year.
Jones is one of the top returning players in the Big East for the 2010-2011 season. He is a top candidate for the All-Big East team and if things go well (and is able to increase his scoring output, partly through the post) we could be talking about him for a spot on the AP All-American team.
Fact is, it is a shame he was not mentioned on the Wooden Award Preseason Watch List. Regardless, we should be talking about him in the top 50 for this award at the end of the season.
This will be the last post featuring the college players who are participating in the FIBA World Championships. Today’s feature takes a look at Charles Abouo, junior for BYU this season. According to BYU’s SB Nation blog, Vanquish the Foe, expect him to play major minutes this season and have high expectations for him. You may not know him, so here is his statsheet page from last season (Seen here).
Let’s take a look at some video for him from the FIBA WCs.
BYU fans love the athleticism of Abouo and it really shows in his rebounding. Last year, according to KenPom, his offensive rebounding rate was 10.8% and his defensive rebounding rate was 16.4%. He uses his athleticism to go up against bigger defenders to grab the loose ball.
In this clip, he attacks the offensive glass and overpowers his opponent to grab the ball. He shows an intense competitiveness for rebounding, which BYU will need this year.
Abouo has a really nice jump shot. Take a look at this first clip and note the near flawless form.
When Abouo has the chance to catch and shoot, he is a deadly jump shooter. I did not really see him try to shoot off the dribble or coming off a screen, so it will be interesting to see if he can shoot well in different situations.
He shot 40% from distance last season, with a 51.2% eFG. He looks to be an effective scorer and can complement Jimmer Fredette nicely this season. Fredette is pretty good at getting to the basket, so Abouo can park himself on the wing and be ready to catch and shoot on the kick out.
Abouo does not look very comfortable handling the ball. Considering he won’t likely be the primary ball-handler, this does not seem like a major negative. However, he may be called upon to handle the ball in a press break situation, creating off the dribble or to handle the ball on the fast break (after he pulls down a rebound). I saw this end poorly several times for the Ivory Coast in his appearances.
Now watch this first clip as Abouo leads the break with no pressure from any defenders. He does it well, which ends in a layup for the Ivory Coast.
However, once the defense applies some pressure, he tends to turn the ball over. He just does not look comfortable against defensive pressure and has a tendency to turn the ball over, as seen in the following clips.
As I mentioned about Sacre and Olynyk, Abouo’s part in the FIBA World Championship will only help his performance and growth for BYU this season. From the limited tape I saw, he looks like a solid basketball player who will contribute greatly to BYU this season. Right now, he is an unknown player, so keep a look out for him this season for BYU.
Kansas State is a chic pick to win the Big 12 this season and Jacob Pullen is the no doubt star of the team. You have to respect his beard and you must have more respect for his game. He is not flashy at anything but he is a hard worker who has a couple of ways to get some working class buckets. Let’s take a look at the player that is working hard to bring the Abe Lincoln beard back:
Finishing around the rim
Draft Express disagrees with me here but I think finishing at the rim is something Pullen excels at. He is not big enough to take it right at players but he recognizes the situation and can adjust his shot to avoid the block.
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With Gordon Hayward moving on to bigger and better things, it is going to be up to the combination of Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack to lead the Bulldogs back to Horizon League glory this season. Mack is a player that is garnering a ton of buzz this season (see Luke Winn’s feature here) so I decided to take a look at how he played last season in the Sweet 16 and beyond.
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Now if you read my methodology post you know that I have mainly been working off of the limited selection in the NCAA vault. However, thanks to the guys at ‘The Slipper Still Fits’ leading me to an awesome Gonzaga youtube channel (seen here) we have a much larger set of games to pull from for Harris. That said, this might get a little longer so bear with me.
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I watched the 4 Duke games from the Sweet 16 on with the intention of doing a scouting report on Mason Plumlee. Since he will be one of the likely candidates to replace the graduating duo of Lance Thomas and Brian Zoubek, I wanted to get a feel for how I thought he would do in that position.
However, based on the fact that he played only 9, 15, 8 and 3 minutes, respectively, from the Sweet 16 to the Championship and shot the ball only 4 times in those games, it was tough to get a full report on Plumlee. What I did find was three distinct areas in which he can improve (and hopefully have worked on in the summer time) to become an impact low post player as Duke attempts to defend their title:
- Strength on the glass
- Help D
- Tendency to be passive on offense
Kris Joseph is a player I see who is a Wesley Johnson clone. He stands 6’7″, 207 with long arms and a load of athleticism. With Johnson and Arinze Onuaku both vacating the frontcourt of the Orange, Jim Boeheim will be looking to Joseph for points and rebounds.
I believe that Joseph is poised for a breakout year. Draft Express currently has him #24 in the 2011 draft but I see him being a lottery pick next year as well as vying for a place on the first team all Big East team. Let’s break it down.