2012 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Darius Johnson-Odom
Position: Shooting Guard
Size: 6-2, 215
School: Marquette, Senior
Killer shot fake that gets defenders leaving their feet almost every time
Creating his own shot
Strength helps him on the attack
Quick first step
Explosive at the rim
Excels in transition
Undersized for NBA two-guard, not a true point guard
Will struggle guarding shooting guards at the next level
Tends to put his head down when he is in attack mode and force the issue
Free throw shooting
Summary: If Darius Johnson-Odom were 6-5, he would be a sure-fire first-round pick due to his scoring ability. However, Johnson-Odom is 6-2 and not capable of running the point at the next level which makes him an undersized two guard. He will certainly get plenty of second-round looks and could sneak into the first round.
Player Comparison: Keyon Dooling. DJO faces the same challenge that Dooling did when entering the league in being an undersized shooting guard. Dooling was known for his athleticism coming out of college, and DJO has that same bounce but is a better outside shooter. Teams have tried to turn Dooling into a point guard and it has been rather unsuccessful, and the same thing will likely happen with Johnson-Odom as his natural fit is at the two.