Malik Hairston: NBA Draft Profile

June 2nd, 2008

Rudy Mbemba


College: Oregon

Class: Senior

Position: SG/SF

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 220lbs


Accolades:  Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 (08), NCAA All-Midwest Regional Team (07), Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 (06), Pac-10 All-Freshman Team (05), McDonald’s All-American – high school (04), First Team Parade All-American – high school (04).


Scouting Report:  A high school phenom who disappointed in college.    


Strengths:  Strong build.  Good wingspan.  Great three-point shooter – shot around 43% from deep his junior and senior years.  Good rebounder for a guard.  Good leaper.  Shoots for a great percentage for a guard – 52.5 % this past season.  Proven scorer in college – over 1600 points for his career.  Very experienced – played four years of big minutes in the Pac-10.    


Weaknesses:  Needs to improve his ball-handling for the pros.  Has to improve his assist to turnover ratio – almost had as many turnovers as assists in his collegiate career.  Was thought of as an underachiever in college.  Isn’t extraordinary in any aspect of the game.


Projected 2008 Draft Range:  Mid second round pick to undrafted.


Consensus:  Despite having a real solid collegiate career, Hairston never lived up to the huge hype surrounding him coming out of high school.  He will have to reverse that and overachieve to be really successful in the NBA.





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