Donte Greene: NBA Draft Profile

May 9th, 2008


Donte Greene


College: Syracuse

Class: Freshman

Position: SF/PF

Height: 6’11”

Weight: 226 lbs


Accolades:  Honorable Mention All-Freshman – CHN (08), Second Team All-Big East (08), Big East All-Rookie Team (08), USA Under-19 National Team (07), McDonald’s All-American – high school (07), First Team All-American – Parade – high school (07), Second Team All-USA Today – high school (07), USA Under-18 National Team (06).


Scouting Report:  An athletic forward with great size for the wing spot.


Strengths:  Great size for the small forward position.  Great shooting touch.  Can hit shots over defenders.  Shooting range goes out beyond the three-point arc – hit almost three three-pointers a game his freshman season.  Versatile scorer – three-pointers, fast-breaks, one-on-one moves.  Can get out and run the floor.  Very good rebounder.  Good vertical.  Can be an explosive scorer – fourteen 20 plus point games his freshman year.


Weaknesses:  Doesn’t have an above-average wingspan.  Can he guard NBA small forwards or power forwards?  Played mostly zone defense at Syracuse.  Needs to work on his ball-handling.  Inexperienced – only one year of college.  Needs to cut down on turnovers – had more turnovers than assists this year.  Shoots way too many three-pointers – almost eight a game.  Needs to get stronger and bigger.  His three-point accuracy (less than 35%) needs to improve.  Inconsistent. 


Projected 2008 Draft Range:  Late lottery to late first round pick. 


Consensus:  There aren’t too many guys with Donte’ Greene’s size, athleticism and shooting range so NBA teams will be intrigued by him.  But his draft stock is all over the board and he could use at least another year in college to get his body ready for the pros and to improve his consistency.





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