Tag:University of Arizona
Posted on: June 23, 2009 10:17 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2009 11:57 pm

NBA Draft Prospect: SF Chase Budinger, Zona

Chase Budinger: 6-7, 206, SF, Jr. (University of Arizona)

Draft Rank:  #32

SF Rank:  #8


Has very good leaping ability when getting a full head of steam.  Very good perimeter shooter.  Shoots the ball with great fundamentals and arc that will allow him to continue to extend his range.  Good elevation on his shot.  Quick release on his shot.  Uses picks well to get open.  Has good size to play the 3 in the NBA.  Good free throw shooter.  Is very smooth when dribbling and taking the ball to the rim.  Has very good touch from everywhere on the court.  Very good spot up shooter.  Is unaffected when being contested on shots.  Does a very good job at getting to a spot where he can set himself up to shoot and score.  Can go up and get alley-oops.  Has a nice scoop shot that he uses when attacking the basket.  Is a good finisher in transition.  Has a nice hesitation move that he uses when he is on bigger players to get to the hoop.  Good ball handler for a wing player.       


Very soft on both ends of the floor.  Has struggled to take over games at the college level.  Will be a liability on defense in the NBA.  Is very passive when passing the ball the perimeter.  Doesn’t have a great wing span.  Often telegraphs passes.  Isn’t assertive enough.   Struggles when he plays against more physical players.  Needs to do a better job of slashing to the hoop with the ball.  Doesn’t have good post up skills.  Should be a better shot blocker. 


The biggest thing holding Buddinger back is his passive nature.  His team the last couple of years really needed him to be more assertive and he often let them down when it mattered most.  He has all of the skills that you want from a small forward, but he often doesn’t challenge himself or his opponent and instead settles for whatever the game dictates.

Extra info:

--All American volleyball player.

Comparison: Jarvis Hayes, 6-7, 220, SF

Would be a good fit for:  Sacramento Kings, LA Lakers or Minnesota Timberwolves


Budinger is another wing player who has the skills to be successful in the NBA, but I worry about his lack of aggressiveness.  I do think that he will be able to fit in on a team and have a role because of his ability.  He is going to have to show more confidence and more assertiveness as his outside shot will probably be his meal ticket.  While he does have terrific leaping ability his game is really reliant on his shooting ability and his ability to score from the outside. 

He reminds me of Jarvis Hayes.  Like Hayes he has good leaping ability but he doesn’t always utilize that leaping ability to get to the rim.  Like Hayes he will get most of his looks in spot up opportunities on the perimeter.  Hayes was a similarly accomplished college player and their numbers are very similar across the board. 

Overall there’s a lot to like in Budinger’s game.  But I don’t see him ever being a difference maker in the NBA.  He could fit in as a nice piece off the bench, but I don’t think he is starting material.

Posted on: May 15, 2009 3:23 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2009 4:44 pm

NBA Draft Prospect: PF Jordan Hill, Arizona

Jordan Hill: 6-10, 235 PF/C, Jr. (University of Arizona)

Draft Rank: #13

PF Rank:


Energetic big man. Very wiry body that allows him to attack the rim and grab rebounds. Has great athleticism for a big guy. Has really improved his game over the years and now has the ability to dominate a game. Has the size and strength to be an effective four. Attacks the rim with both hands and finishes with a lot of power. Has a very soft touch on his jump shot. Releases his shot high up, which makes it very hard to defend. Has a nice fadeaway jump shot when working from the post. Does a great job of sealing his man down by the rim and forcing his defenders to gamble or stay on his backside. Runs the floor well for a big man. Very good shooter on the baseline when he squares up to the rim.


Really doesn't have a lot of offensive moves in the post. Needs to develop a drop step and a jump hook with his back to the basket. Needs to bulk up a bit. Can become robotic with his moves down low. Should be a more consistent dominant presence down low. He has to improve his foul shooting. Turns the ball over to much for a big man. Has to get stronger in the paint and get more lift from his lower body. His footwork is also a question mark. Needs to improve fundamentals on both ends of the floor. General basketball IQ.


Often loses his focus on the court. Doesn't always understand he can really give his teammates a boost if he finds them and gets them open looks. One thing I really like about Hill is that he took his time in college to improve his game. He struggled early in his career, but he worked on his game to the point where he was a force this year. I also worry about his understanding of the game (basketball IQ). He often doesn't help his teammates on defense and struggles to understand what his team needs to win.

Comparison:  Antonio Davis, 6-9, 245, PF/C  

Would be a good fit for:  Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, or Detroit Pistons.


I know that a lot of other people have Hill higher than this, but he didn't overly impress me this year. He definitely has legit size and a frame that will fill out. My main concern is how he will be able to do with the big boys down low at the next level. I think he will really struggle in the post as he doesn't appear to have dominant post moves. I also worry about his defense at the next level. 

I think he will be a nice backup that will come in and give his team pick and pop scoring. His shooting stroke is very fluid and I could see him scoring in a variety of ways using his jumpshot. His footwork and ball moves appear to be too robotic to be successful at the next level. You really have to value your possessions in the NBA, and I don't think he is talented enough to get the amount of touches that he did in college.

At the end of the day he will add value to a team that's looking for a big man who can score. He can give you minutes at the four or the five and if he brings more effort on the floor he could really be a factor in the paint. He will most certainly go higher than 12 in the draft as teams always overvalue size. Look for him to be a solid big man at the next level. Don't look for him to put up similar numbers as he did in college when his team ran the offense through him. But as I said, he should be a solid backup big.

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