Damion James Lost Hope as NBA SF?

       It's difficult to argue with former-Texas Longhorn, Damion James' collegiate production. In four-years at one of the nation's top programs, he has amassed nearly 2,000 points and 1,300 rebounds; he averaged a double-double in two of his years in burnt orange. At the Chicago pre-draft combine, he measured in at 6'7 ", 227-pounds, with a seven-foot wingspan. Some front office personnel saw a talented combo-forward, who has the potential to be an excellent rebounder at the next level. After spending most of his entire senior year on the wing, James surprised some, but was rather inconsistent shooting the ball from the perimeter. His workouts at the pre-draft combine did not help his stock or the belief that he could develop into a full-time small forward: he knocked down just 12-of-25 open 3-pointers and 8 mid-range jumpers off of the dribble. His 47.4% overall shooting percentage was one of the lowest in all of the camp.

        There's no reason to believe that James had a poor shooting day and that he can still make the transition to play the 3 at the next level, but unless he wows a certain team in an individual workout, there are better options to with before James as of right now.


By President - Corey Ruff - 6-5-10