12 Men: 1 Skill (Part One: 6-1-10 Workouts)

*        Jordan Crawford 6-4, 200, Xavier, Sophomore
*        Dominique Jones 6-4, 205, South Florida, Junior
*        Charles Garcia 6-9, 220, Seattle, Junior
*        Luc Louves 6-10, 210, France (Entente Orleans), 21 years old (2/22/89)
*        A.J. Ogilvy 6-11, 250, Vanderbilt, Junior
*        Hamady N’Diaye 6-11, 225, Rutgers, Senior

Over the past two days, the Bucks have brought in a number of what seems to be prospects for their second round picks. Given that they have two picks in the second round, it’s comforting that they are bringing in so many candidates to get a better look at.

Unless they are looking at some of these players in the first round. Because that would be a grade A disaster.

Nonetheless, I’ll assume we’re looking at a collection of second round hopefuls. As second round players, these guys are going to have to prove they can do at least one thing exceptionally well if they want to make it in the league. That being said, let’s take a look at these 12 and try and pinpoint what they each do best. (First six today, second six tomorrow)

Jordan Crawford 6-4, 200, Xavier, Sophomore
Scoring

Crawford’s game is largely simple: he likes to shoot and he likes to score. And he has a bit of an attitude about it, which isn’t such a bad thing. Some of the best scorers have chips on their shoulders and treat every opportunity in the game as one in which they’ll prove to everyone that they can get it done. The further Crawford drops, the more effective this may be. But I see an issue with Crawford.

He’s not super efficient and he’s not a great shooter. By every measure he’s not as ready for the NBA as Jodie Meeks was. He’s less athletic, a worse shooter, not as good at getting to the line and possibly immature. I can only assume better options will be available.

Dominique Jones 6-4, 205, South Florida, Junior

Scoring

Not unlike Crawford Jones is a slightly undersized shooting guard whose primary goal is to score points. On paper it’s interesting to see a guy who scores over 20-points-per-game in college. Off paper, it doesn’t seem like that will get him very far in the league.

Jones has a better reach than Crawford, is stronger and attacks the basket more, resulting in more free throws . But is that enough to separate him from Crawford, let alone the other dozens of swingmen available with better size and decent enough numbers? I don’t doubt Jones will get drafted, but I do doubt that he’ll be able to make any significant impact in the league. Whether he has a shot to land on the Bucks probably depends on his ability to guard shooting guards in the league.

Charles Garcia 6-9, 220, Seattle, Junior

Shooting

I wouldn’t say Garcia is a great scorer, but he certainly appears willing to shoot. Garcia used a larger percentage of his team’s possessions than any other college player last season, but didn’t do a whole lot with them. As a 6’9” forward, he shot under 50% and according to Draft Express, showed little interest in using his teammates to help get better shots.

Garcia does have some physical gifts, including a wingspan of nearly 7’2”, but getting benched for a lack of effort at Seattle University isn’t a great sign of a future role playing stud.

A.J. Ogilvy 6-11, 250, Vanderbilt, Junior

Being Australian

This is where I say the Bucks might consider someone who is Australian to pal around with Andrew Bogut.

But that’s probably silly.

Ogilvy’s numbers curiously seemed to get worse with each passing college season. He does have good size and got to the free throw line a bunch, converting over 70% of his free throws in his college career. It’s actually quite curious why his minutes declined in every season of his college career, as he’s not very foul prone and seemed to be fairly productive and nearly 7-feet tall. Ogilvy offers some intrigue as a backup center prospect with his size and decent offensive/rebounding numbers. He certainly doesn’t provide the upside or probable immediate impact in any one area that is ideal in the second round.

Hamady N’Diaye 6-11, 225, Rutgers, Senior

SHOT-BLOCKING

The all caps was on purpose. He can really block shots. N’Diaye was third in the country in blocks last season, averaging 4.5-per-game and third in block percentage at 14.5. Nothing is getting by him. Not surprisingly, he has a reach of 7’6” and his standing reach is 9’3”. Incredible numbers, nearly on Hassan Whiteside’s jaw dropping level.

Even better for N’Diaye, he averaged under three fouls a contest and didn’t foul out of a game. N’diaye hit on a good percentage of his shots as a senior (57.9%) and seems to get what his role is. He’s a decent rebounder and strong defender. Backup center/energy guy is written all over N’Diaye. Get him a mohawk and call him Chris Anderson. Hopefully without the drug problems. Here’s a great quote from N’Diaye from Bucks.com.

“My junior year of high school is when I started playing. I came to America and learned English that year, too. It was a whole lot that I did at one time. The game is still brand new to me. I just compete hard, that’s what I like to do. It became a lot of fun and I learned to love the game. Now it’s just progress and seeing where this road is going to lead. It’s big for everybody that really has this as a dream and is doing everything to get there. For somebody like me that doesn’t have family in America and really sacrificed a lot, this means a whole lot. We’ll see where God takes us. It’s definitely been a unique path.”

Luc Louves 6-10, 210, France (Entente Orleans), 21 years old (2/22/89)

Louves is … I’m not going to try and pretend. I know nothing of Louves. Never heard his name, never seen a profile of him. Draft Express has one thing about him and it’s from 2007. He apparently spent time taking care of his mother last season and worked out by himself. I can respect a man who takes care of his family.

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3 Comments

  1. Your comments about Crawford are ludicrious. Crawford and Jones will both be better players than Meeks. Meeks could shoot the ball (needed better accuracy), but his defense and handle was much worse than both Crawford and Jones.

    Ogilvy is a stiff. Not worth any pick.

    • Jeremy Schmidt

      Perhaps. In the interest of comparisons, here are Chad Ford’s pre-draft comments on Meeks and Crawford.

      “Meeks: Meeks was a scoring machine at Kentucky this season. His speed and shooting ability really stood out. So did that 54-point performance against Tennessee. However, his lack of great size or explosive athleticism hurts his stock a bit. He’s a second-rounder if he stays in the draft. More likely, he returns to Kentucky for his senior season and lets John Calipari work his magic.

      Crawford: He’s a big-time scorer who has deep, deep range and combines that with terrific athleticism. If teams weren’t so concerned about his attitude, he’d be a lock for the first round.”

      Meeks surprised me with his athleticism when he was on the Bucks, I think it was better than most people expected. Their combine numbers nearly unanimously favor Meeks save for wingspan and no-step vertical, but that can be deceiving. Meeks’ max vertical was three inches higher than Crawfords and he tested quicker/faster. Meeks’ handle did leave something to be desired, but he was not afraid to man up defensively. He impressed in that regard. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how things shake out.

  2. Milwaukee_Buck

    Crawford and Garcia. Anything else (from this group) would be uncivilized.

    I think that the reviews of these two guys from Draft Express is much more positive than the review stated here. Clearly shooting percentage, Garcia’s case, goes down when you are getting double and triple teamed. He gets to the line, he gets buckets, he’s physical, sizeable, and athletic. Crawford just has a knack for scoring that looks like it translates better than Jones. When I think of Jordan Crawford, I think of Joe Crawford, Flip Murray, or Marcus Thornton. Scorers that are cocky, score. Meeks will not be in the league much longer doesn’t have the chip on his shoulder.