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Strengths: Great athlete capable of jumping with the best of them … Owns a great motor, constantly moves without the ball in his hands … Underrated passer who possesses good court vision and the willingness to pass to open teammates … Has a solid looking turnaround jumper that he can make with some regularity … Shows the ability to catch and shoot from mid-range 16 feet from the basket … Solid shooting mechanics demonstrate good elevation and a high release … Does a great job of creating contact in the post to earn free throw opportunities … A solid free throw shooter … Uses his body control and soft touch to create in traffic around the basket … Has shown the ability to hit the occasional three point shot … Defensively, Alexander shows the promise to develop into a competent defender with his quick hands and shot blocking presence … Owns a great work ethic and appears very coachable, as he has responded in a big way in his first season with respected Head Coach Bob Huggins … Doesn’t back down under pressure and wants the ball in hands in crucial moments … Athleticism enables him to finish with flash in transition or around the basket … Possesses quality upper body strength to absorb contact and finish … Uses his length and decently quick first step to drive past slower-footed defenders … Has a tremendous amount of growth to develop - despite being a junior he has yet to scratch the ceiling of his potential …

Weaknesses: Ball handling ability still requires a good deal of improvement and is mediocre for the small forward position … While he shows promise in putting together solid looking crossovers, he still lacks the ability to consistently create shots for himself … Too often settles for turnaround jumpers or mid-range shots instead of taking the ball to the basket … Has three point range, but remains a streaky and unreliable shooter at best … Must improve moving lateral on defense as he often gets beat off the dribble by opposing forwards … Some question his commitment to defense … With his explosive leaping ability he gets boxed out at times and outworked on the glass … Back to the basket moves are undeveloped, which prevent him from takinge advantage of mismatches … Struggles to match the physicality of opposing defenders, but this only seems to occur when he has to defend power forwards … A tweener on some levels, as his defensive ability is more suited for the power forward and his offense is better suited for the small forward position … Can be foul prone at times, especially on the defensive end, as he tends to bite on pump fakes when going for the block … At this point it seems as though he is relying too much on his athleticism instead of fundamentals or thinking the game through … Still learning what he can do on the floor offensively and doesn’t have a great deal of variety when it comes to scoring … Is an unknown on many levels and will be a high risk high reward pick that could take a little time to payoff in the NBA …

Matthew Maurer - 6/10/08

 

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2005-06 West Virginia

10

50.0

00.0

62.5

0.1

0.7

0.7

0.2

1.3

2006-07 West Virginia

36

42.5

30.5

63.6

0.6

1.1

4.3

1.9

10.3

2007-08 West Virginia

36

46.2

26.8

81.4

0.7

1.5

6.4

2.4

16.9

DIV I Totals

82

45.0

25.2

71.3

0.6

1.2

4.8

1.9

12.1

 

Comments   

0 #6 ChrisPC 2008-06-24 18:29
Best-Rudy Gay but better worst-Mike Miller
Come on he may be the best white prospect in 08 but he is no Larry Bird. He may averege around 18 a game some day but that is probally the top of the line
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0 #5 Guest 2008-06-23 19:31
This is the white Lebron James if he gets a scoring mentality, Im going to feel sorry for every one gaurding him. He will dunk in your face or shoot in your eye. He is even stronger than Lebron!!!!!!!!!!!
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0 #4 Guest 2008-06-16 17:50
Next American Great White Hope, I freakin love this guy, and I'm black lol
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0 #3 Guest 2008-05-25 10:32
Tom Chambers/Rudy Gay Combo perhaps?
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0 #2 Anonymous 2008-05-14 11:03
I definitely smell some Carmelo Anthony in his game. Worse case scenario, he could be like Rudy Gay or Antoine Wright. He is an athletic scoring machine!
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0 #1 Guest 2008-04-30 21:10
best ever
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