Nick Young: NBA Draft Profile

    
May 15th, 2007

NBA Draft: Nick Young

 

College: USC

Class: Junior

Stats: ESPN.com 

 

Position: SG/SF

Height: 6”6”

Weight: 200lbs

 

Accolades: All-Pac-10 First Team (07), All-Pac-10 First Team (06).

 

Scouting Report:  A high scoring, athletic wingman.

 

Strengths:  Big scorer in a big conference – averaged over 17ppg his sophomore and junior year.  Capable of big scoring games – topped the 20-point mark 13 times this season.  Great rebounder for his size and position.  Shoots for an extremely high % from the field for a shooting guard – 52.5% his junior year.  Very good free throw shooter.  Great jump shooter – from mid range all the way out to behind the three-point line.  Long arms.  Clutch performer – not afraid to take the big shot with the game on the line.

 

Weaknesses: A year older than other juniors.  Turnover prone – averages more turnovers than assists per game – that will have to improve if he is going to play the off guard spot in the NBA.  Doesn’t rack up the defensive stats that he should – his steal and block totals are almost nonexistent.  May actually only be 6’5” – a little short for shooting guard/small forward in the NBA.

 

Projected 2007 Draft Range: Lottery to mid first round pick.

 

Consensus: Young’s strong showing in the NCAA tournament has elevated his stock and made it more likely that he will skip his senior year to go to the pros.  His ability to put the ball in the hole will ensure that he isn’t waiting too long to have his name called on draft night.

 

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