Shooting guards: Strengths and Weaknesses

Arizona's shooting guards have plenty of strengths, but they also have their weaknesses. Read on to take a look at both and see what they need to improve on before next season.

We continue to look at the strengths and weaknesses of every position in order to get a closer look at what every player needs to improve on before next season starts. The following is for players that are likely to get minutes at shooting guard:

Kadeem Allen:

Strengths: We have not seen Allen much beyond what we have seen on tape, but we talked to some people that have seen him, including Brad Winton of Jucorecruiting.com. Brad writes the following:

"Handles the ball well, has good foot speed/quickness, has a very fluid jump shot with range that extends beyond the three point line. He can knock down jumpers off the dribble, off of screens or off a drive and kick. He also has the ability to get to the rim on the offensive end with a quick first step and his ball handling ability.

"He is a good athlete who can finish above the rim. Allen has a high basketball IQ and has a very good understanding of the game. He is also a very good defender and can guard the 1 and 2 spot. He should be able to make the transition from JC to high major D1 fairly quickly because of his combination of skill on both ends and his understanding of the game."

Weaknesses: Like his strengths, we don't really know much about his weaknesses. When discussing junior college players, the first potential weakness is the ability to carry over the skill to the next level. Sure, Allen dominated at the JC level, but this is going to be a completely different ball game.

He has to show that he is strong enough to compete against these players and that he will be able to get those jumpers that he did last season. In addition, as good of a defender as Allen supposedly is, he needs to show that against better players night in and night out, which should prove to be more difficult. Allen may wind up being able to do all of these things, but we just don't know right now.

Gabe York:

Strengths: This is a tough one because what some may look at as strengths are actually improvements. What we mean by this is that it is not easy to find things that York does very well, but when compared to his freshman season, we can speak highly of a few things. For starters, his defense has improved a ton. It was nearly non-existent his freshman year, but he became a decent defender last season and deserves credit for it.

Offensively, York shot 38 percent from three, which is four percent up from the previous season. His overall shooting percentage went down, but he became a relatively dangerous threat from behind the arc and you could make an argument that he was one of Arizona's better three-point shooters.

Weaknesses: Statistics show that York struggled mightily from mid-range and failed to create his own shot. The majority of his offense came on open three-pointers and when defenders forced him to put the ball on the ground, he struggled the majority of the time.

Defensively, York showed improvement, but was still easily the worst defender of the guys that got legitimate minutes. The Wisconsin game was a good example of that, as the Badgers made it a point to basically pick on York defensively.

Basically, York is a one dimensional player and his biggest weakness is the fact that he only really helps Arizona in one major way, which would be his three-point shooting.

Elliott Pitts:

Strengths: It's hard to do this for a player that only got eight minutes per game, but there are some bright spots here. Pitts plays within himself in the sense that he is not looking to get shots up right away and knows what he is capable of doing. That may not seem like a strength, but some would be surprised at the amount of players with an inflated sense of what they can do.

Offensively, Pitts is one of the best shooters on the team. Again, he did not get a lot of shots up, but he still managed to make 11 of his 28 three-point attempts, which is good for 39 percent. He also did not turn the ball over much and played within the offense.

Weaknesses: The first one is health, as Pitts struggled with it earlier in the season. It may not seem like a weakness, but there were a few things that he battled throughout the year and it obviously cost him some valuable minutes.

Also, and this may seem like it is contradictory, but he was not as aggressive as he could have been. If Pitts did not have an open shot, it seemed like he looked to get rid of it as soon as possible instead of trying to create something a little more.

Defensively, Pitts struggled. He got better as the season went on, but his lateral speed is lacking. If he is going to increase his minutes, Pitts has to get better at staying in front of his man and making the right play defensively.


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