Rodney Stuckey: NBA Draft Profile

    
May 15th, 2007

NBA Draft: Rodney Stuckey

 

College: Eastern Washington

Class: Sophomore

Stats: ESPN.com 

 

Position: PG/SG

Height: 6”5”

Weight: 205lbs

 

Accolades: Honorable Mention AP All-American (07), First Team All-Big Sky Conference (07), CHN Mid-Major All-American (07), Big Sky Conference MVP (06), Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year (06), First Team All-Big Sky Conference (06), Honorable Mention AP All-American (06), Big Sky Conference All-Tournament (06), First Team All-State – Washington – high school (04).

 

Scouting Report: A big time scorer and all-around player from a not so big time conference.

 

Strengths: Combo guard compared often to Dwyane Wade.  Amazing scorer – averaged over 24 a game his freshman and sophomore seasons.  Can hit the deep shot, mid range jumpers or blow by his man and get to the hoop.  Good ball handler.  Good NBA size – strong physique.  Great passer – 5.5 assists per game this year.  Very good rebounder for his size and position.  Great free throw shooter.  Gets tons of steals.

 

Weaknesses: A year older than other sophomores due to a redshirt year.  Played in a small conference – the Big Sky isn’t exactly a frequent breeding ground for NBA pros.  Needs to improve his shooting,  especially from deep (26.7% his sophomore year from 3-point land).  Needs to cut down on his turnovers.

 

Projected 2007 Draft Range: Late first round – early second round pick.

 

Consensus:  While Eastern Washington and NBA prospect aren’t usually mentioned in the same sentence, Stuckey is the exception.  His ability to score (and in large amounts) while also being a distributor of the ball makes him a special player.  Once he gets used to the large jump in the level of the competition, he should be a very good pro.

 

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