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roots The Draft Review - The Draft ReviewBrothers: Kareem RushJaron Rush

Strengths: A smooth athlete who fits the NBA standard size at the shooting guard position with exceptionally long arms … Has the ability to shoot off screens with some regularity … Excellent finisher in transition where his athleticism enables him to finish with some flair … Rush is blessed with solid court vision and, most importantly, shares the unselfish demeanor to pass the ball to open teammates … Owns a very fast first step which allows him to gain separation from his defender … Once in the lane Rush’s body control and long arms enable him to finish in traffic … Basketball IQ has shown great promise this season primarily because of increased confidence and awareness on the court … Physically, Rush should have no problem developing more on defense with his length, quick hands and ability to read plays on the floor … Possesses legit three point range that he can make with regularity … Played a great deal this season with the maturity level and leadership that he missed early in his career … Has been hindered a great deal as the youngest brother of the Rush brothers, JaRon and Kareem, both of whom had off the court issues, but Brandon he has shown the mental toughness to overcome this … Solid rebounder for his position due to his wingspan where he can get rebounds that are out of his position … Shooting mechanics are very refined with his high release that needs little time to get off … This enables him to be very effective in catch and shoot opportunities …

Weaknesses: A mystery on many levels as Rush has yet to be consistent in how he approaches the game … One game he will play confident and use his talent to dominate, the next he is quiet and unaggressive … Ball handling is suspect - although he is capable of using one or two dribbles for drives, he rarely uses the dribble to create scoring for himself … Perimeter shooting can go through periods of streakiness … When Rush struggles from the perimeter his overall productivity seems to suffer … Hasn’t really lived up to the enormous expectations placed on him as a high schooler … Still learning how to be efficient shooting off the dribble from mid-range … Rush is a highly developed athletically, but rarely shows the willingness to attack the basket … This severely limits his ability to create fouls … Intensity level is very questionable as he can appear to just coast through games … Not a tremendous defender as his anticipation skills and lateral movement are decent, but require refinement on the NBA level … Tends to settle for perimeter shots instead of driving to the basket … Rush’s advanced year of age as a junior, 23, and the improvement he's experienced in college leaves a good probability that he is nearing the ceiling of his development…

Matthew Maurer - 5/12/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2001-02 Hogan Prep

Did Not Play Academically Ineligible

2001-02 KC-Career Academy

Did Not Play Academically Ineligible

2002-03 KC-Westport H.S.

17

N/A

N/A

N/A

3.0

N/A

9.0

5.0

20.0

2003-04 Mt. Zion Christian Academy H.S.

32

N/A

N/A

N/A

2.7

2.0

9.2

4.5

19.3

2004-05 Mt. Zion Christian Academy H.S.

42

N/A

N/A

N/A

3.0

4.6

6.0

5.0

21.0

2005-06 Kansas

33

47.4

47.2

76.1

0.9

0.7

5.9

2.0

13.5

2006-07 Kansas

38

44.3

43.1

68.1

0.4

0.9

5.6

2.0

13.8

2007-08 Kansas

38

43.5

41.9

77.9

0.8

0.8

5.1

2.1

13.3

DIV I Totals

109

45.0

43.9

73.9

0.7

0.8

5.5

2.0

13.5

 

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