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2012 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Jae Crowder




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: Jae Crowder


Position: Small Forward

Size: 6-6, 225

School: Marquette, Senior


Strengths:
  • Three-point shooting
  • Catch-and-shoot ability
  • Use of pump fake to create space from defenders
  • Finishing through contact
  • Physicality
  • Toughness and Effort
  • Strength helps him as a rebounder
  • Brings great energy to the floor
  • Terrific hands
  • Basketball IQ
  • Unselfish
  • Active defender
  • Defending pick and rolls



    Weaknesses:
  • Undersized to play the four, but not a true three either
  • Breaking down defenders in one-on-one situations
  • Explosiveness at the rim
  • Prone to foul trouble against bigger opponents
  • Will struggle guarding most NBA wings due to a lack of quickness

    Summary: Wesley Matthews' success in the NBA has helped Marquette players (Lazar Hayward and Jimmy Butler sneaking into the late first round the past two seasons) earn the reputation of being rugged and hard-nosed, and able to contribute in numerous ways. Jae Crowder fits that description perfectly. However, Crowder doesn't have a true position at the next level which hurts his stock. Still, he should get second round looks due to his versatility.

    Player Comparison: Lazar Hayward. The Marquette parallel is obvious, but both guys are undersized by NBA standards as they were counted on to play the post in college but will have to play small forward in the NBA. Like Hayward, Crowder is capable of stretching defenses with their three-point shooting but lacks the ideal wing skills or explosiveness to be a real threat off the bounce.





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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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