TOC: Clint's Props and Knocks, Part II

<i>Inside Carolina</i>'s Clint Jackson breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of the 2004 Tar Heels targets at the TOC, with "props" and "knocks" on JamesOn Curry, Jason Horton and Ra'Sean Dickey.

JamesOn Curry (6-2, 160, SG)

PROPS - Curry knows how to create space to shoot and he has a scorer's mindset. He's confident on the floor and motors up the court very quickly in transition. He's a smooth ball-handler that uses changing speeds, cross-overs and stop and starts to keep his defenders off balance. He truly understands how to keep defenders guessing and shoots the ball effortlessly with fine range. He hits shots from all over the floor and can pass very well when he's on the break. His stroke looks great and has backspin galore. He's one of the few guards that combines a fine mid-range game with great touch from the outside. His ability to keep defenders off balance is his greatest asset along with his "money" stroke from the perimeter.

KNOCKS - He needs to get stronger and more aggressive on the boards at times as he often will get out-muscled for position. We're not sold on him ever being a point guard at the college level unless he's in a system where he is expected to score a lot of points from the one spot. If he continues to grow (as expected) he could become one of the most dangerous scorers in the nation in his class -- if he already isn't. The extra height would allow him more advantage in shooting over even the quickest defenders who will try to stay in his face. (Note - Curry actually measured at 6-1 on the IC tape measurer last weekend.)

Jason Horton (6-1, 170, PG)

PROPS -- A pure point guard who has an EXCEPTIONAL ability to read a defense. Like Maryland's Steve Blake, he understands how to and when to back out of traps and bad situations to restart the offense. Horton is lightning-quick with or without the ball and can shed defenders off the bounce with minimal effort. He loves to get into the lane and create angles for his teammates to score and has fantastic court vision and quick hands. He can also catch and shoot very well from the arc. A very solid point guard with an excellent understanding of how to be a floor general and how to run a team.

KNOCKS -- We would like to see Horton show some ability to shoot off the dribble or hit the pull-up jumper. If he can refine this part of his game, he could become the complete package as a collegiate point guard. He could also use some additional strength in his upper body to be able to contain more powerful guards.

Ra'Sean Dickey (6-9, 255, PF-C)

PROPS -- Dickey's combination of strength, skills and agility are going to make him one of the best at his position in the country. We love the fact that he doesn't roam the perimeter and chuck up perimeter shots. He stays down low and he dominates. Very good drop step and a powerful finisher around the hoop. Dickey has very large hands and strong arms and finishes plays despite contact. He can run the floor and navigates his way around the hoop very well. An above average offensive rebounder and a fantastic defensive rebounder. He has the ability to score in the post with finesse (off the glass) or with strength.

KNOCKS -- Although Dickey will be widely considered one of the best ten prospects in 2004, he could use a dose of consistency with his effort. Moving better without the ball is a must as his team needed him in crunch time at the TOC, but he didn't get in good position to receive the ball. And if he learns the art of passing out of the post -- the sky is the limit.

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