Joe Alexander: NBA Draft Profile

May 8th, 2008


Joe Alexander


College: West Virginia

Class: Junior

Position: SF/PF

Height: 6’8”

Weight: 230lbs


Accolades:  Honorable Mention All-American – AP (08), Big East All-Tournament Team (08), First Team All-Big East (08).


Scouting Report:  A perfect combination of size, skill and athleticism.


Strengths:  Very athletic.  Great leaper – everything ends in a dunk.  Finishes strong around the hoop.  Great wingspan.  Good size for a small forward.  Good jump shot – gets high off the ground and has a high release.  Can hit tough shots over defenders.  Good body control.  Ability to beat man off the dribble with either hand. Great shot-blocker for his position.  Good passer.  Can post up strong.  Hard worker.  His game increased each year in college.  Good rebounder for a wing player.


Weaknesses:  Gets beat off the dribble – does he posses the foot speed to cover NBA wing players?  Still inexperienced – a late bloomer – didn’t play much his sophomore year.  Needs to become a better three-point shooter to play the three-spot in the NBA.  Still inconsistent.  Needs to improve his assist to turnover ratio.


Projected 2008 Draft Range:  Mid to late first round pick. 


Consensus:  Joe Alexander had a breakout junior season at West Virginia and is primed to make some big-time NBA dough.  While he is still inconsistent and a little inexperienced, his package of skills, size, athleticism and work ethic are rare.  He should be a fine NBA pro. 





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