Monday, December 31, 2007

Jeremy Pargo - NBA Draft Prospects

Numbers: 12.1 ppg, 6.0 apg, 3.7 rpg, 1.4 spg, 3.4 t/o's, 50% FG, 68% FT, 27% 3's

About Him: Jeremy Pargo is a much different player than his brother, Janerro Pargo, who is a two-guard and a lights-out shooter. Jeremy is point guard that loves to attack the rim. He is an exceptional athlete (search Jeremy Pargo on Youtube, you'll see) with great explosiveness and a quick first step. He is 6'2" and a strong 220lb, which allows him to bully his way past smaller defenders. He also has a very good handle with a variety of cross-overs, spins, and hesitations, and utilizes these to get to the rim where he is a very creative finisher. He is also a very good distributor, averaging 6.0 assists this year. But he has a tendency to be over-aggressive when he goes to the basket, forcing shots and causing turn-overs too often - he is not a great decision maker. He does not have much of a left hand when finishing. He also needs to develop his jump shot. He is not very good at shooting off the dribble, and is very inconsistent when shooting from deep (26%), which is strange because he has pretty good form. He can hit four or five threes in a row, but also could shoot 0-12 for the game. Defensively, he is above average. His size and strength both project well, and he has show a desire on the defensive end that you don't see in college guys too often - he fights through screens and gets up in the face of his man. He also anticipates passes pretty well and comes up with some steals on cross court passes.

Comparisons: Antonio Daniels, poor man's Baron Davis

Bottom Line: Pargo is a second round pick (if he even gets drafted) this year, and should probably return for another year to work on his jump shot. If he can consistently knock down perimeter jumpers, he could find himself having a nice NBA career.

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