Davon Jefferson: NBA Draft Profile

May 12th, 2008



Davon Jefferson


College: USC

Class: Freshman

Position: SF

Height: 6’8”

Weight: 215bs


Accolades:  Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 (08), Pac-10 All-Freshman Team (08), Honorable Mention All-Freshman – CHN (08).


Scouting Report:  A player with NBA athleticism and good size for a small forward.


Strengths:  Capable of big scoring games.  Very athletic.  Explosive leaper – finishes hard at the rim on alley-oops and dunks over opponents.  Good size for an NBA small forward.  Shot for an extremely high percentage from the field – 57.5%.  Very good rebounder.  Good shot-blocker.  Improved his defense his freshman year. 


Weaknesses:  Age – despite only playing one year in college, he will be turning 22-years-old at the starting of next NBA season.  Needs to keep improving on the defensive end.  Played mostly power forward in college – will need to transition to small forward in the NBA.  Inexperienced – only one year of college.  Still very raw.  Needs to develop a consistent three-point shot (only took eight three-pointers his freshman year).  Very inconsistent.  Foul prone.  Needs to improve his ball-handling.  Turns the ball over three times as often as he gets an assist. 


Projected 2008 Draft Range:  Late first round to early second round pick. 


Consensus:  With no guarantee of getting selected in the first round, it would be a big mistake for Davon Jefferson to enter this year’s draft.  Despite being older than other freshmen, his game is still raw and he needs work to become a solid NBA player. 


Stats: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/player/profile?playerId=36055  



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