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2012 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Darius Johnson-Odom




Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2012 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Darius Johnson-Odom


Position: Shooting Guard

Size: 6-2, 215

School: Marquette, Senior


Strengths:
  • Three-point shooting
  • Catch-and-shoot ability
  • Mid-range jumper
  • Killer shot fake that gets defenders leaving their feet almost every time
  • Creating his own shot
  • Strength helps him on the attack
  • Ball-handling
  • Quick first step
  • Explosive at the rim
  • Excels in transition
  • Active defender



    Weaknesses:
  • 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
  • Streaky shooter
  • 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.





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    Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
    Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
    All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: wpc112@gmail.com




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