NBA Draft Profile: Gerald Green

In the days leading up to the June 28 NBA Draft, will give you scouting reports on all of the high school players with a shot to be selected in the first or second round of this year's draft. Today, we profile Gulf Shores Academy (Houston, Texas) guard Gerald Green.

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Gerald Green
Gulf Shores Academy (Houston, Texas.)
Shooting Guard, 6-8, 200

Strengths: One thing's for sure, Green is a hard worker. After all, you don't go from JV castaway to lottery-bound like Green has with just luck. Green is an extremely athletic and smooth swingman who plays a lot like Tracy McGrady. With a 39-inch vertical, the 6-8 Green is a dangerous slasher who can finish above the rim with an emphatic dunk (he won the McDonald's All-American Game slam-dunk contest in April). But he's far from a one-trick pony. Green has a consistent outside shot and a tight mid-range game, meaning he can score from anywhere on the floor. And with his combination of height and hops, his shot is near impossible to block. Green also has the ability to create his own shot off the dribble. Of course, he's not just a scorer. Green has excellent handles and vision and could one day run the point, even at his size. On defense, Green knows how to effectively use his size and athleticism to collect steals, rebounds and blocked shots.

Weaknesses: At times, Green's smooth, effortless style can be mistaken for apathy. Although he's worked hard to get to where he is today, Green does tend to have lapses in effort from time to time. Some scouts have been turned off by his attitude and lack of maturity, as he has a penchant for putting style over substance. Although he has the height to excel at the next level, Green weighs in at a rail-thin 200 pounds and will have to bulk up for the physical NBA game. He currently tends to rely a tad too much on his outside shot, especially when matching up against stronger defenders. Although his ups and athleticism help Green block shots, he still has a lot to learn on defense.

The Lowdown: The sky's the limit for Green, who signed with Oklahoma State but opted to go straight to the NBA. He's no LeBron, but Green has as high of a ceiling as anybody in this year's draft, prep or not. Best-case scenario with Green is a T-Mac clone. Green's potential was on display at the McDonald's All-American Game in March, when he dropped 24 points and went 6-of-9 from beyond the 3-point arc. That performance essentially solidified him a spot in the lottery. In fact, he could be selected with one of the first three picks. However, unlike Seattle Prep (Seattle, Wash.) guard Martell Webster, whatever team drafts Green will have to be patient with him. The tools are definitely there, but he's still a tad raw.

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