Gabe Pruitt: NBA Draft Profile

    
May 15th, 2007

NBA Draft: Gabe Pruitt

 

College: USC

Class: Junior

Stats: ESPN.com 

 

Position: PG/SG

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 170lbs

 

Accolades: Pac-10 All-Tournament Team (07), Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 (07), First Team All-Pac-10 (06), Pac-10 All-Freshman Team (05), Fourth Team Parade All-American – high school (04).

 

Scouting Report: An athletic, good scoring point guard.

 

Strengths: Good height for the point guard spot.  Very athletic and explosive.  Good jumping ability.  Can really push the ball and get up and down the court.  Blow-by ability in the half court.  Very good scorer.  Hits a ton of three-pointers – averaged over two a game for his career.  Great free throw shooter.  Really improved his playmaking and assist to turnover ratio.  Gets lots of steals.

 

Weaknesses: Needs to add weight for the NBA.  Missed first 11 games his junior season due to academic problems.  Missed five games his sophomore year due to injury.  Needs to work on his point guard skills since he hasn’t always played the 1spot.

 

Projected 2007 Draft Range:  Early second round pick.

 

Consensus:  Pruitt proved his junior season that he can handle running the point guard spot.  His strong play in the NCAA tournament (19 assists and only six turnovers) should have his draft stock rising.  However, another year in college running the point full time would be beneficial.  His height and athleticism, coupled with strong point guard skills, could make him a solid pro.

 

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