Accolades: Honorable Mention AP All-American (08), First Team All-SEC (08), Second Team All-SEC (07), Freshman All-SEC (06), Mr. Basketball – Alabama – high school (05), McDonald’s All-American – high school (05), Parade All-American – high school (05), Third Team Parade All-American – high school (04).
Scouting Report: A bull-in-a-china-shop power forward.
Strengths: Strong build. Huge wingspan (over 7-feet). Very effective in the post. Fantastic rebounder – is a double-double machine. Great shot blocker. Shoots for a very high percentage. Good experience – played three seasons of heavy minutes in the SEC. Very consistent – scored in double-figures in every game he appeared in but one this past year.
Weaknesses: Will be short for the NBA (probably is only 6’8”). Has had conditioning issues in the past. Is he quick enough to guard athletic NBA power forwards. Needs to develop range on his jumper. Horrible free throw shooter. Not an explosive athlete.
Projected 2008 Draft Range: Late first round to early second round pick.
Consensus: With the recent success of short, stocky forwards in the NBA (Paul Millsap, Craig Smith, Leon Powe), Richard Hendrix hopes to continue the trend. If he could develop a consistent outside shot and prove he can guard quick power forwards, he has a shot of sticking around the NBA for a while.
Stats: Richard Hendrix Stats
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