Jerryd Bayless – Arizona


Point Guard/Shooting Guard

Of all the freshman that I’ve talked about so far, Jerryd Bayless is probably the one you know the least about. That being said, he might just be the best kept secret in college basketball. Part of the reason why you don’t know much about him is because he played on a sub-par University of Arizona team that played very few nationally televised games this year. But take it from me if you haven’t seen this kid play, he’s the real deal. He’s one of the greatest players in the history of Arizona HS basketball.

Strengths: At 6’3″ and 190 lbs this kid is a big time scorer…period. He knows how to put the ball in the basket. He’s very aggressive, has a lightning quick first step and gets to the rim with ease (think Monta Ellis). Because he is so quick and aggressive he gets to the line a lot and shoots a terrific percentage. His strongest attribute would have to be his jumper which is in one word…sweet. He can get it off and knock it down in just about any situation with no problem. He’s an assassin that has no problem taking over a game. He was the one shining light on an Arizona team that didn’t live up to the hype considering the talent they had on the roster. He put up: 19.7 ppg, 4.0 ast, 2.7 reb, 1.0 spg to go with shooting 46% from the field, 84% from the line and 41% from deep. He was voted second team All Pac-10 and first team All-Freshman.

Weakness: Unfortunately he has acquired the dreaded “tweener” label which is the virtual kiss of death in the NBA. He has the size to play the point, but because he’s such an explosive scorer he’s not quite big enough to play the 2 either. He can also get out of control at times and really needs to cut down on his turnovers (3.0 per). But the way he plays the game there is a spot for him in the NBA (think Monta Ellis).

Grade: B+

Suggestion: Back to Class

Summary: Jerryd Bayless is a lottery pick this year for sure; but because Arizona didn’t have a very good season I think he should come back to showcase his game a little more. He could also use the extra year to work on his playmaking abilities.


One Response

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