Monday, December 31, 2007

Antonio Anderson - NBA Draft Prospects

Numbers: 8.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.2 spg, 41% FG, 57% FT, 33% 3's

About Him: Antonio Anderson is a big, athletic guard that can play both guard positions. He does a lot of things pretty well, but doesn't do anything great. He is a pretty good shooter, but is more of a catch-and-shoot kind of guy than an off-the-dribble shooter. He has college three-point range, but he only shot them at 33% this year and cannot hit an NBA three consistently. He is fairly explosive and has shown flashes of being ale to get to the rim, and is athletic enough to finish when he gets there, but cannot hit free throws. He is a good defender. He is big, strong and athletic, and John Calipari's players must know defensive fundamentals in order to get minutes. To make it in the NBA, he will need to develop his offensive game a lot.

Comparisons: Royal Ivey, Deshawn Stevenson

Bottom Line: Anderson is making the right move here, especially since some mock drafts have him actually getting drafted as high as in the middle of the second round. If he has some good workouts, with his size, athleticism, defense, and ability to play both guard positions, he could get drafted. If not, he will be a senior next year and will be entering the draft then.

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