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Morris Almond E-mail
  • Name: Morris Almond
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height: 6-6 (1.98m)
  • Weight: 215 (98kg)
  • College Team: Rice Owls
  • Nationality: American
  • Birthplace: Powder Springs, Georgia
  • Birthdate: 2/2/1985
  • Drafted: Declared for the 2006 NBA Draft but withdrew... Selected by the Utah Jazz in the first round (25th pick overall) of 2007 NBA Draft.
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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2003-04 Rice

30

45.5

27.8

79.3

0.2

0.4

1.0

0.6

4.8

2004-05 Rice

31

52.5

46.2

80.9

0.2

0.4

2.1

1.1

7.2

2005-06 Rice

28

50.0

44.4

79.5

1.4

0.7

5.8

1.1

21.9

2006-07 Rice

32

48.3

45.6

84.6

1.2

0.8

6.6

1.2

26.4

DIV I Totals

121

49.8

43.5

82.4

0.7

0.6

3.9

1.0

15.1

2007 Pre-Draft Scouting Report by Matthew Maurer

Assets
Almond possesses a NBA ready body capable of handling contact … Explosive and crafty scorer who can put up big points in a matter of minutes … Has legit NBA three point range … Does a great job of utilizing the mid-range on his pull-up jumper … Excellent rebounder who makes a great impact on the glass thanks to his long arms and awareness … Basketball IQ is very advanced, understands the game’s nuances … Despite his scoring mentality, Almond remains unselfish as he continually looks for open teammates … Moves extremely well without the ball, usually gets open by working off screens and picks … When slashing to the basket, he has no problem converting due to his body control and strength … Shows a good post up game to take advantage of mismatches … Because of his scoring prowess, Almond constantly looks to attack his defenders and draw fouls … Superior free throw shooter … Finishes well after contact due to his body strength … Defensively does a solid job of playing the passing lanes for easy steals … Underrated athlete who may not make breathtaking plays but certainty isn’t below average …

Liabilities
While an unselfish player at times, Almond will force passes into the post resulting in most of his turnovers … Ball handling remains an issue of concern, while decent he can be uncomfortable when pressure is applied … Opposing teams have adopted the philosophy of defending him by being very physical. While he doesn’t back down it’s not unusual for him to need a period of adjustment … Must approach the game consistently with toughness and the killer instinct to dominate … Defensively Almond would benefit by playing defense with the same intensity that he uses on offense … While greatly improved from last year, Almond’s jump shot can go through periods of streakiness … Due to his team’s personnel there are times when he will force shot out of shear frustration … Would benefit greatly by working on his overall quickness and foot speed …

 

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