Monday, December 31, 2007

Jerryd Bayless - NBA Draft Prospects

Numbers: 19.7 ppg, 4.0 apg, 2.7 rpg, 46% FG, 41% 3's, 83% FT

About Him: As a freshman, Jerryd Bayless didn't have the hype coming in that some of the other freshman did, but few had a more impressive season. Offensively, he's got it all there. He can get to the rack on just about anyone (he shot more than 7 FT's per game last year), but has some trouble finishing at the rim (he's 6'3" but only 199lb). As a result, Bayless tends to pull-up when he creates some space, which is a high percentage shot for him from 15-17 feet especially since he is a phenomenal athlete and can elevate over defenders. He is also a great three-point shooter with NBA range. Bayless has the ability to take a game over (he had 39 of Arizona's 54 in a game this year), but also has some point guard skills in him. With Arizona's lack of depth and injury issues this year, Bayless had to carry a lot of the scoring responsibility, but he is a talented playmaker that can set-up teammates. Since he is only 6'3", NBA scouts are going to want to see that playmaking ability out of him as he will have to play some point guard. Defensively, Bayless is very good when matching up with someone, but can get a bit lost off-the-ball and when defending screens and the pick-and-roll.

Comparisons: Ben Gordon, Monta Ellis.

Bottom Line: Bayless proved himself during the season. He can score in a variety of ways and has NBA range and athleticism. Look for him to go in the top 10.

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