This was a much better all-around performance for Dontell Jefferson
, looking much more aggressive than he did in the first game, and therefore much more effective.
We already talked about how much we like Jeffrsons upside last year, and it really seems like hes translating that potential into production this year. Hes scoring the ball much better, is looking much more creative offensively, and still the same excellent defender hes always been.
Jefferson is a 6-4 point guard with long arms and outstanding athleticism, although he didnt get to show as much of his playmaking skills as we may have hoped here, sharing the ball with the very dominant Maurice Baker
, one of the top players seen at the Showcase. He regardless showcased a very nice first step and the ability to create his own shot very effectively, and basic passing skills on the drive and dish. He needs to improve his decision making in the half-court, but gives off the impression that hes clearly a point guard rather than a combo. He can also pull-up off the dribble, which he did nicely on a couple of occasions. His 3-point stroke looks better than it did last year (albeit with a slow release), but the results werent as good as theyve been all season long. If a shorter man is on him (which is often the case) he can take him down to the post a little bit and score with his back to the basket.
Defensively is where Jefferson is at his best, as he has terrific tools to get the job done (size, length, athleticism), and is fully committed to the task, getting right into his mans face in a fundamental stance and being extremely disruptive, particularly in the passing lanes. He needs to get stronger, but is very effective here.
People are quietly talking about Jefferson as one of the more intriguing long-term prospects here in Boise. Hes nowhere near reaching his full potential at this point, but seems to have quite a future ahead of him. It could be in the NBA, or it could be in Europe.