#1 Javaris Crittenton, 6’5”/198, Fr.
16.5 ppg — FG% 45 — 3FG% 39 — FT% 85
SUPER TALENTED, AGGRESSIVE, SCORING PG. Playing with big-time CONFIDENCE. Shooting the ball GREAT over the last six games (looking for shot on every catch). Will attack off the dribble as well; will post up to score (uses height to mismatch smaller PG defender). Superb anticipation defensively, shooting gaps, playing passing lanes (3rd in ACC in steals). Will leave his mark on the ACC! Can make poor decisions in traffic. Will force offense with dribble when nothing is there
Point of Emphasis: Contain and Contest!
1. High hand & jam on initial catch … then CONTAIN
2. Hard hedge for on-ball screens
#23 Anthony Morrow, 6’5”/210, Jr.
10.4 ppg — FG% 42 — 3FG% 40 — FT% 83
SHOOTER! Catch-and-shoot player all the way! Hovers around the perimeter (only 2.6 rpg) waiting for a little space to get off his quick-release jumper. Comes off screens – usually fades to baseline for catch-and-shoot chances. Not effective going off the dribble. Average lateral quickness. Average ball-handler with contact/contest.
Point of Emphasis: Make him a driver! Jam him on the catch.
1. Defend the 3-point ATTEMPT, not the make
2. Don’t OVERHELP or lose him
3. Go at him offensively
4. DON’T FOUL HIM, especially on drives (make him earn his points – 83% FT)
#33 Thaddeus Young, 6’8”/217, Fr.
12.3 ppg — FG% 49 — 3FG% 36 — FT% 67
VERSATILE, ATHLETIC, TALENTED WING. Very left handed. Can score outside and in. Thinking “I must score” on every, single catch! Freshman logging a ton of minutes (2nd on team). SHOT first, drive second. Superb knack to score – streaky & effective when he gets it going! Will post on lefty block – turns to left hand over right shoulder. Will force his offense when not scoring (i.e. counts his shots/points).
Point of Emphasis: No open looks! Respect offensive skills. Out-work him.
1. Don’t let him gain any confidence early in game (control scoring early and he will start to force offense)
2. TOTALLY respect his ability to score multiple ways
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