#23 Tyler Honeycutt | F

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA 

Height: 6'8"

Weight: 188

Position: Small Forward

Team: UCLA

Class: Sophomore

Right-handed…  Honeycutt represents a future star small forward who displayed some of his potential as a freshman. He missed most of the offseason going into his freshman year, but still managed to lead the Bruins in rebounds and chip in more than 7 points… He possesses excellent overall skills and talents. He is one of the most gifted passers in the country and has great court vision to boast. With his size (6'8"), he can be a force for years to come… His athleticism is terrific, displaying exceptional leaping abilities. One time, he jumped over four players in the paint in a high school dunk contest… He seems to be more comfortable in UCLA's offense and will carry more of a scoring load in the future. He has great talents in transition, leading the break or sprinting down the wing to attack the rim or spot-up for a jumper… He is bouncy around the basket, which has allowed him to attack the defensive glass and secure rebounds or tip-in shots on the offensive end…

At a lengthy 6'8", Honeycutt nears to pack on some pounds to his lanky frame. With this added strength, he will be able to handle more of a scoring and rebounding load and stop deferring so much to his teammates… He lacks the killer instinct, especially when the game comes down to the wire, that most "stars" display. Ben Howland needs to instill more toughness upon Honeycutt, instead of waiting for Honeycutt to come into his own. He is not very physical on the defensive end, leaving a lot to be desired… At times, his passive game can get reckless. He has a tendency to throw careless one-handed passes, which soar by his teammates heads or end up in the hands of the opposition… He lacks above-average lateral quickness, struggling to stay in front of wings at the collegiate level, so he looks to struggle mightily attempting to stay in front of the quicker, and more athletic perimeter players of the NBA…
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