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Brandon Rush: 2006 Draft's Best Kept Secret
Blake Burkhart
February 8, 2006
 
Strengths:

As href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> younger href=/profile//> brother href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Kareem href=/profile//> Rush, href=/profile//> Brandon href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> given href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> expectations, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> appears href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> skills href=/profile//> necessary href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> fulfill href=/profile//> them. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> average href=/profile//> height href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> 6'6 href=/profile//> 1/2. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> 6'11 href=/profile//> wingspan href=/profile//> presents href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> opportunity href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> terrific href=/profile//> development href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> end. href=/profile//> Uses href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> terrific href=/profile//> leaping href=/profile//> ability href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> different href=/profile//> ways, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> produced href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> highlight href=/profile//> reel href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> dunks. href=/profile//> Has href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fluid href=/profile//> consistent href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> resulted href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> 50% href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> behind href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> arc. href=/profile//> Has href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> runner href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fade-away href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> time, href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> deadly. href=/profile//> Drives href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> baseline href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> crossover href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> caused href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> buckle href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> knees href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> Uses href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> length href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> athleticism href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> grab href=/profile//> boards. href=/profile//> Never href=/profile//> relies href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> move, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> defender href=/profile//> never href=/profile//> knows href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> expect href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> him. href=/profile//> Has href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> passion href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> never href=/profile//> lets href=/profile//> emotions href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> him. href=/profile//> Has href=/profile//> shown href=/profile//> significant href=/profile//> improvement href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> beginning href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> freshman href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> mostly href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> assertive href=/profile//> attitude. href=/profile//> Unselfish href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> thing href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> notable href=/profile//> January href=/profile//> matchup, href=/profile//> Rush href=/profile//> outplayed href=/profile//> Colorado href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> Richard href=/profile//> Roby href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> sides href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball. href=/profile//> At href=/profile//> times href=/profile//> Rush href=/profile//> seemed href=/profile//> unstoppable href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2nd href=/profile//> half, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> seemed href=/profile//> Roby href=/profile//> couldn't href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> anything href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Rush. href=/profile//> At href=/profile//> age href=/profile//> 20, href=/profile//> Rush href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> potential href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> fulfill. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> continued href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> steps href=/profile//> forward, href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> taking href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> back.

Weaknesses: href=/profile//>

The href=/profile//> main href=/profile//> weakness href=/profile//> usually href=/profile//> associated href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Brandon href=/profile//> Rush href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> usually href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> defense. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> claim href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> somewhat href=/profile//> exaggerated href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> Rush href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> shown href=/profile//> flashes href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> defense. href=/profile//> Sometimes href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> defenses href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> late href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> rotations href=/profile//> giving href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> easy href=/profile//> baskets. href=/profile//> Although href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> spectacular href=/profile//> plays, href=/profile//> sometimes href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> passing href=/profile//> lanes href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> hurt href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> Not href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> handler href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> point. href=/profile//> At href=/profile//> times href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> loses href=/profile//> control href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> often href=/profile//> called href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> traveling href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> palming. href=/profile//> All href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> criticized href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> assertive href=/profile//> enough, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> aggressive. href=/profile//> Hasn't href=/profile//> shown href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> yet, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> hasn't href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> to. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> left href=/profile//> elbow href=/profile//> sticks href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> farther href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> due href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> accident href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> younger. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> upper href=/profile//> body href=/profile//> strength, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> frame href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> support href=/profile//> that.

Competition:
Go-to href=/profile//> guy href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> Kansas href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> All href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> competition.
1/11/06 href=/profile//> @Colorado href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> pts.(all href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 2nd href=/profile//> half) href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Richard href=/profile//> Roby.
1/30/06 href=/profile//> vs.Texas href=/profile//> Tech href=/profile//> 24 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> rebs
2/5/06 href=/profile//> vs. href=/profile//> Oklahoma href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> pts. href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> saving href=/profile//> block

Outlook:

Should href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2006 href=/profile//> draft, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> mid href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> late href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> rounder. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> stays href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> mother href=/profile//> wants href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> to, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> potentially href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> rapid href=/profile//> rate href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> development href=/profile//> continues.

Facts:

Older href=/profile//> brother href=/profile//> Kareem href=/profile//> plays href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Charlotte href=/profile//> Bobcats. href=/profile//> Other href=/profile//> brother href=/profile//> Jaron href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> UCLA href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> undrafted.
 
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