ben-strong1 Ben Strong - The Draft Review
  • Name: Ben Strong
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height: 6-11 (2.11m)
  • Weight: 220 (100kg) 
  • College Team: Guilford Quakers
  • Nationality: American
  • Birthplace: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Birthdate: 9/10/1986
  • Drafted: Automatically eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft but was not selected by an NBA franchise...
guilford Ben Strong - The Draft Review

Background: Strong was a 6-0 high school sophomore who grew 7 inches during the summer to stand 6-7 in his junior year. Until the growth spurt Strong played guard for Chapel Hill High school, and now found himself in the post retaining all his guard skills. At end of his senior season Strong averaged 18 PPG and 8 RPG, leading his school to the third round of the North Carolina 4-A state playoffs. Strong was shy kid growing up and didn't take basketball seriously early on, so he didn't have the AAU exposure that would give Division I coaches a chance to see him play. So with no Division I scholarship offers on the table Strong decided to self promote himself by sending a game tape to North Carolina head coach Roy Williams. The tape was returned with a note from Coach Williams that basically read, “I’ll pass but thanks.” After some time trying to find a college, Strong followed his high school teammate to Guilford. Since arriving on campus he's developed into one of the best players in Division III basketball. Strong will leave the school ranked second in all-time scoring and seventh among Guilford’s career rebounding.

Strengths: Decently mobile big man that can run the floor with ease despite his size … Back to the basket moves are also decent with a solid hook shot and nice turnaround jumper … Thanks to his advanced post footwork he is usually able to keep his balance … Team motivated player that is unselfish … Excellent post passer that has the court vision to recognize double teams and react quickly … Shows the ability to play in the high post where he can utilize his face up game to his advantage … Ball handling ability is good enough to drive past slow footed centers and forwards … Can extend the defense to the perimeter where he has solid touch out to 15 feet from the basket … Does a decent job creating contact and drawing fouls from opposing players … Once at the free throw line Strong converts a good amount of his shots … Above average rebounder due to his long arms and mobility to grab boards out of position … Understands what his strengths are and rarely tries to exceed them … Unlike many Division III prospects that are 6-11 and mechanical, Strong moves with the fluidness most forwards possess … Solid finisher around the basket capable of using both hands … Intelligent player who has a good feel for the game in that he rarely looks lost … High character kid that has shown good work ethic and has been trouble free during his years at college … Patient player who, despite his big scoring numbers, never seems to rush or force many shots … Shows quality hands in catching passes in the post …

Weaknesses: Physically, Strong will be at a disadvantage as his upper body strength is underdeveloped … Though it’s not always present in his level of play, there are times when he struggles to effectively establish position without getting boxed out … From a fundamental standpoint he is prone to not getting his body wide enough to give his teammates a big target to pass to … This disruption often has Strong resort to facing the basket because of his ineffectiveness and lack of comfort playing in the low post with his back to the basket … Athletically, he lacks the explosiveness to be a competent shot blocker in most higher levels of basketball … Has a bad tendency of going to his left shoulder too much on post-ups, which makes him a little predictable … Isn’t very effective rebounding in his area due to the fact he gets boxed out easily … Finesse player who clearly gets a little frustrated when physical play is applied … Defensively, he doesn’t do a good job of denying post position to opposing players … Lacks the upper body strength to absorb contact and finish around the basket … His Division III affiliation will naturally be met with scrutiny because of his surrounding competition …

Matthew Maurer - 4/2/08

 

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2004-05 Guilford

27

50.3

25.0

68.8

0.4

1.8

4.1

0.8

9.2

2005-06 Guilford

27

56.0

00.0

67.2

0.5

1.9

6.6

1.0

18.9

2006-07 Guilford

29

58.5

00.0

79.7

0.4

2.5

11.2

1.4

25.4

2007-08 Guilford

29

57.6

50.0

77.4

0.2

2.2

10.8

2.0

25.8

DIV III Totals

112

56.6

20.0

74.6

0.4

0.6

8.3

1.3

19.8

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