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Old 01-08-2012, 01:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Draft Profile: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Another player to watch for the Raptors. Projected Top 10 pick, SF, Kentucky University. 6-6 216

NBA Comparison: Gerald Wallace

Strengths: Has been at or near the top of his class rankings since his freshman season ... A hard working kid who gets excellent reviews for his character and desire ... Should continue to improve thanks to his strong work ethic ... Relentless defender that has the ability to defend 1-5 at a high school level and 1-4 at the college level ... Equally as good off the ball and in passing lanes ... Excellent defender that understands that defense is about attitude and desire ... 7-foot wingspan and stand out athleticism allow him to play much bigger than his 6'6 height ... Michael rebounds very well utilizing his length and athleticism while never forgetting the fundamentals of boxing out ... Has a nack for being in the right position for rebounds ... Offensively does everything well whether it be set shooting or off the bounce ... Attacks the basket at will and also is an underrated playmaker ... Great motor, understands that hard work will lead to success

Weaknesses: His ability to play on the perimeter is a work in progress ... Still has more of a big forward's game, but at 6'6 it's obvious he's got to become a small forward ... Athletically the rest of the class has been gaining on him as his athleticism hasn;t progressed ... lacks range on his shot past 15-17 feet, needs to continue to work on this area ... Handles the ball well for a 4 but needs a lot of work for a 3 .... A jack of all trades type who shows the ability to do everything well, but a master of nothing ...

Overall: Michael is a great kid that is well worth the hype that he is receiving. He will make Kentucky a better team as soon as he steps foot on campus. Likely a one and done candidate and his work ethic will rub off on his teammates and that is why we believe Kentucky will contend for a national championship next year. Lexington fans should enjoy Michael's short stent on campus. Very bright future the only question is whether or not he will be a go to guy in the NBA but with his desire and love for the game I wouldn't be surprised if he does.

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