Monday, December 31, 2007

Joe Alexander - NBA Draft Prospects

Numbers: 16.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.5 bpg, 46% FG, 81% FT, 27% 3's

About Him: Junior Joe Alexander is very raw. He is a solid 6'8", 230, has long arms, is a great athlete, and has a ton of potential, but he is still a bit of a project. Alexander had the most success towards the end of the season and into the post-season when Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins started playing him on the block. There, he could post up smaller players, using his height and athleticism to shoot over them. If a bigger player was switched onto him, he would bring the defender out 15-17 feet from the basket and use his perimeter skills to go by him. He is a much improved shooter, very consistent out to about 17 feet, and he has always been a great finisher. He is probably a three at the NBA level.

Comparisons: Linas Kleiza, Lamar Odom (stretch).

Bottom Line: He relies too much on mismatches to score. He probably will get picked in the end of the first round, especially with his stock being high thanks to a late season surge, but he could probably use another yea to solidify being a 1st round pick.

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