NBA Draft: Thaddeus Young
College: Georgia Tech
Accolades: McDonald’s All-American – high school (06), Second Team Parade All-American – high school (06), Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year – high school (06), Tennessee Class AA Mr. Basketball – high school (05), Second Team All-American – Street & Smiths – high school (05).
Scouting Report: A physically gifted inside/outside threat.
Strengths: Tremendous “upside”. Very athletic. Good size for the small forward spot. Can score off the dribble – utilizes floaters. Very long – has a 7-foot wingspan. Has three-point range on his jumper. An explosive scorer – topped the 20-point mark six times his freshman year. Can post up smaller men or take advantage of larger defenders out on the perimeter.
Weaknesses: Very inconsistent – 30 points one game, eight points the next. Still very young – will only turn 19 right around the time of the draft. Questionable shot selection at times. Should be a better rebounder due to his size and athleticism. Could use his length better on the defensive end – doesn’t block shots.
Projected 2007 Draft Range: Mid first round pick (2007 or 2008).
Consensus: Young is still far from realizing his vast potential and a solid, yet unspectacular, freshman season seems to have hurt his draft stock a bit. The physical tools are there to make Young a special NBA player – his game just needs some more seasoning before he is an impact player in the pros.
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