Monday, December 31, 2007

Keith Brumbaugh - NBA Draft Prospoects

Numbers: 36.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 6.1 apg, 4.8 spg

About Him: Keith Brumbaugh has traveled a long road during his college basketball career. In 2005, he was a top 15 recruit nationally, declared for the draft, but then removed his name and decided to attend Oklahoma State. But he was charged with shop-lifting, had issues with his ACT score, and as a result never played a game for Ok. State. He then went to powerhouse Chipola Junior College, where he was kicked out of school after getting arrested for marijuana possession. Overall, he was arrested six times over the course of 26 months, and twice had to serve jail sentences. But he can play - just look at his numbers (granted, it was against weak JuCo competition). He is 6'9", 205lb, and has great scoring ability. He is a good passer and ball-handler for his size, and has NBA range. He is not as strong as he could be, and will struggle in the paint against NBA defenders, but makes up for that being left-handed. He still settles for long three's too much, mainly because he still is developing his mid-range game, but has the ability to get to the rim. Defensively, he still needs work when defending 1-on-1, but he is adept at getting into the passing lanes and has a knack for getting steals. His arms aren't as long as you would think for someone his size, and his athleticism isn't off the charts.

Comparisons: Demarr Johnson, Hedo Turkoglu (stretch)

Bottom Line: He has the talent to be a first-rounder, but his off-the-court issues will probably drop him to the second round.

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