NBA Draft: Rodney Stuckey
College: Eastern Washington
Accolades: Honorable Mention AP All-American (07), First Team All-Big Sky Conference (07), CHN Mid-Major All-American (07), Big Sky Conference MVP (06), Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year (06), First Team All-Big Sky Conference (06), Honorable Mention AP All-American (06), Big Sky Conference All-Tournament (06), First Team All-State – Washington – high school (04).
Scouting Report: A big time scorer and all-around player from a not so big time conference.
Strengths: Combo guard compared often to Dwyane Wade. Amazing scorer – averaged over 24 a game his freshman and sophomore seasons. Can hit the deep shot, mid range jumpers or blow by his man and get to the hoop. Good ball handler. Good NBA size – strong physique. Great passer – 5.5 assists per game this year. Very good rebounder for his size and position. Great free throw shooter. Gets tons of steals.
Weaknesses: A year older than other sophomores due to a redshirt year. Played in a small conference – the Big Sky isn’t exactly a frequent breeding ground for NBA pros. Needs to improve his shooting, especially from deep (26.7% his sophomore year from 3-point land). Needs to cut down on his turnovers.
Projected 2007 Draft Range: Late first round – early second round pick.
Consensus: While Eastern Washington and NBA prospect aren’t usually mentioned in the same sentence, Stuckey is the exception. His ability to score (and in large amounts) while also being a distributor of the ball makes him a special player. Once he gets used to the large jump in the level of the competition, he should be a very good pro.
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