#1 Darington hobson | F

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Height: 6'7"

Weight: 205

Position: Small Forward

Team: New Mexico

Class: Junior

Left-handed… The junior college transfer is making a very favorable impression in his first year of Division I basketball… The key to his success is his size (6'7") and versatility. He has the length, athleticism, ball-handling ability and quickness to play the point, shooting guard or small forward, though, Hobson is probably best suited at the 2 or the 3… He is a stat-filler. He is currently averaging 15+ points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, while chipping in with over a steal a game… Offensively, Hobson has displayed his talents are a ball-handler all season long. He looks comfortable with the ball in his hands, especially in transition or attacking opponents off of the dribble. He has the ability and skill to create his own shown off the dribble… He has shown natural scoring instincts. He uses a variety of ball moves, including shot fakes and hesitation moves, drawing contact and getting to the foul line… Hobson is even more of a threat offensively because of his court vision and passing abilities. Because of his ability to score off of the dribble, Hobson is able to get into the lane, or create for himself offensively, but at the same time, recognize an open teammate… When he has his feet set, Hobson is quite a good perimeter shooter. Unfortunately, without a true point guard on New Mexico's roster, Hobson handles a majority of the point guard duties and does not often get set shots in the offensive end…

Although Hobson does a majority of his scoring off of the dribble, he does not possess a great first step. Instead, he relies upon pure skill to beat defenders, which he could struggle with at the next level… He excels at creating contact on offense through his ball moves and keeping defenders off balance, but Hobson is shooting under 65% from the foul line. With continued work on his free throws, Hobson could be averaged a few more points a game, making him even more attractive to scouts… As big of a threat as Hobson may seem offensively, he has difficulty finishing plays. He is shooting under 43% from the field on just under 13 attempts a game. This could be due to Hobson's lack of explosiveness to put home shots around the rim and often poor shot selection… He is one of the poorer lateral defenders. Even against college power forwards, he cannot stay in front of his man. He suffers from poor lateral quickness, which is Hobson's major downfall in terms of an NBA prospect…

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