DJ Augustin: NBA Draft Profile

April 28th, 2008

DJ Augustin


College: Texas

Class: Sophomore

Position: PG

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 180lbs


Accolades:  Wooden Award All-American (08), First Team All-American – USBWA (08), All-Big 12 First Team (08), Bob Cousy Award Winner (08), First Team All-American - AP (08), NCAA Tournament South Regional Team (08), Big 12 All-Tournament Team (08), First Team All-American – CHN (08), Honorable Mention All-American – AP (07), Freshman All-American (07), All-Big 12 Second Team (07), Big 12 All-Rookie Team (07), First Team All-Freshman Team – CHN (07), McDonald’s All-American – high school (06), Fourth-Team All-American – Parade – high school (06).


Scouting Report: A diminutive floor general with lots of game. 


Strengths:  Lightning quick.  Can get into the lane with ease.  Good leaper.  Uncanny knack for splitting double-teams.  Good ability to use the rim as a shield and hit tough lay-ups to avoid defenders.  Excellent playmaker and passer.  Takes great care of the ball – twice as many assists as turnovers. Solid physique.  Prolific scorer – nineteen 20-plus point games his sophomore year.  Good three-point shooter – hit about two a game this year.  Solid free throw shooter.  Used to playing heavy minutes.


Weaknesses:  Height – will be vastly undersized for the NBA - may actually be 5’11”.  Bigger, stronger NBA guards will give him problems on both ends of the floor (like against Memphis in the Elite Eight).  Can be a streaky scorer – went 3 for 25 from the field combined in back-to-back games.  Doesn’t shoot for an extremely high percentage.    


Projected 2008 Draft Range:  Lottery to late first round pick.


Consensus:  If D.J. Augustin is to excel in the NBA he will have to be a trendsetter - there are currently no sub-six foot stars in the League.  There is no doubt he has the speed, skill-set and intelligence to play at the next level, but to become a star he will have to be find a way to slay the NBA’s Goliaths.


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