|DraftExpress: I'm curious to see if the failures of fringe NBA players, such as Ben Uzoh, to adapt to mid-level European teams will hurt their NBA chances|
|DraftExpress: RT @AlbertodeRoa: After playing just 9 total minutes w/Lokomotiv Kuban, Ben Uzoh's stint in Russia is apparently over. His 2nd European team|
|Nice squad they'll have w/Favors, Zoubek, T-Williams & Damion James RT @Vuchato: Ben Uzoh and Wayne Chism playing for the Nets Summer League|
|Top undrafted free agents (part two): Artsiom Parakhouski, Miroslav Raduljica, Aubrey Coleman, Matt Bouldin, Ben Uzoh, A.J. Ogilvy|
|Nice background story on Tulsa guard Ben Uzoh, who has been invited to Portsmouth: http://bit.ly/dd2ya8|
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|Team: Raptors College Team:
H: 6' 3"|
W: 196 lbs
(27 Years Old)
|Agent: Ugo Udezue ||
High School: Warren
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
|Year||Source||Height w/o Shoes||Height w/shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat||No Step Vert||Max Vert|
|2010||Portsmouth||6' 2.75"||NA||196||6' 9"||8' 4.75"||NA||NA||NA|
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April 18, 2010
Another player who will be helped by his impressive measurements is Tulsaís Ben Uzohóat 6-2 ĺ without shoes with a 6-9 wingspan, which is the largest of any of the point guard prospects at the camp. Combine that with his fantastic leaping ability and strong overall athletic ability and you have a very impressive prospect from a physical standpoint. Uzoh still has plenty of wrinkles to iron out in his game, but heís definitely someone NBA teams will be keeping close tabs on. His measurements are similar to that of Antonio Daniels, just better.
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Portsmouth Invitational Tournament Recap, All-Third Team
April 16, 2010
One of the most intriguing long-term talents seen at this event, Ben Uzoh did a very good showing off his strengths and weaknesses and prospects, which have been covered in a good amount of depth already on this site. Seeing his terrific quickness and explosiveness in person was definitely a good thing for us, though, as he was one of the most exciting players to watch in terms of his sheer highlight reel potential.
Uzoh is actually more than just an entertainer, as heís actually a fairly steady player who understands his limitations quite well and appears to be pretty unselfish. Not a great ball-handler in terms of changing directions with the ball or creating his own shot, Uzoh plays in an under control manner, picking his spots well and doing a good job limiting mistakes, even if heís not what you would call a incredibly naturally talented playmaker. A relatively solid shooter with his feet set, he can still stand to improve his ability to make shots off the dribble. Defensively, Uzoh has outstanding physical tools, standing 6-4 in shoes, with a 6-9 wingspan and excellent athleticism.
Uzoh is a player that teams will clearly be keeping tabs on, starting with the pre-draft process where he should get a fair amount of workouts. In the right situation he could definitely end up landing on an NBA roster, either this upcoming season or down the road after adding more polish to his all-around game.
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Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Day Two
April 9, 2010
Ben Uzoh had an interesting performance in his own right, scoring 16 points and dishing out 4 assists to go along with 2 steals and 3 turnovers. Uzoh isnít the steadiest perimeter shooter at this camp and clearly needs to improve his ball-handling skills, but his size, length and terrific athleticism make him one of the better long term prospects here. He absolutely skied to the roof on one particular play, missing a dunk but taking the air out of the gym with the display of sheer explosiveness. Itís unfortunate that heís on the same team as two other players who need to spend minutes at the point in Lawrence Westbrook and Mikhail Torrance, because teams would probably like to evaluate his playmaking ability more than theyíre currently able to.
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NCAA Weekly Performers, 3/3/10
March 3, 2010
As one of the most consistent players in Conference USA over his four year career, earning all conference team honors the past two seasons, Ben Uzoh is having another solid season for Tulsa. With the lack of exposure the Golden Hurricanes receive however and failing to make the NCAA tournament, with this year not looking like an exception, Uzohís fallen under the radar a bit until now. His name is finally beginning to garner some attention amongst NBA circles, though, and heíll surely get looks from teams throughout the draft process.
The biggest question mark for Uzoh is his lack of a defined position Ė an area of concern for most NBA personnel. At 6í3, heís not a true point guard but more of an athletic combo guard with scoring instincts. This season, heís made a concerted effort to be more of a playmaker and heís certainly improved in that department, sporting a solid 1.9 assist to turnover ratio Ė averaging more assists and less turnovers then a season ago.
With that being said, he hasnít quite developed his overall skills as a lead guard. He has a tendency in the half court to be a ball stopper at times, appearing indecisive, pounding the rock and slowing the flow of the offense as a result. His court vision is average and he isnít the most creative guy youíll find Ė with most of assists coming by way of post entries, ball reversals, or hitting a teammate in transition. In the open court, heís certainly more comfortable and is willing and able to advance the ball off the bounce at any opportunity.
This added attention to becoming a pure point guard hasnít affected his scoring, increasing his average of 14.0 from last season to 15.6 this year and heís shooting a higher percentage from inside and outside the arc. More of a self-made player than an incredibly skilled or naturally talented scorer, Uzoh doesnít seem to have great touch offensively, appearing a little mechanical at times. His shot is fairly inconsistent, both with his feet set and off the dribble, as the arc on his release can vary with each attempt. He does have decent mechanics though and with his ability to elevate itís not out of the question to see him improve in this area.
As a penetrator, Uzoh is a talented shot-creator who can create off the dribble thanks to his solid first step and aggressive mentality. With his excellent size and strength for a point guard and the athleticism to boot, itís reasonable to say that Uzoh should be getting to the free throw line a bit more. His ball-handling skills clearly could use some work, and he seems to have a tendency to pull-up for floaters rather than take the ball all the way to the basket and draw contact at the rim. For someone that shoots nearly 80% from the stripe, it would serve him very well.
On the defensive end, Uzoh has the versatility to play both guard spots but is a better defender off the ball then he is on it. He has good not great lateral speed and can struggle against quick slashing players and gets hung up too often on high ball screens, leaving him out of position. On the positive side, he has good size, nice strength, a long wingspan and does a good job at using it to contest outside shots. He fights through off ball screens well and is effective at closing out on shooters. He also uses his frame to his advantage, handling his own against bigger guards who try to post him or take it to the rim on him.
There are a few question marks surrounding Uzoh that will need to be answered before heís considered a lock to be drafted. A postseason run (making the NCAA tournament, or more likely the NIT) will be a good start for him to further demonstrate what he can do. Just as important would be a solid outing at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which would give him a chance to show off what he brings to the table in front of all 30 NBA teams at once. With steady production for four years and intriguing physical attributes, Uzoh is a prospect that will likely be making the rounds at private workouts come June.
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College Road Report: Tulsa vs Ohio University
December 8, 2008
Jordanís teammate Ben Uzoh has also been having quite an impressive year early on statistically, averaging 16.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game heading into the contest against Ohio University. The 6í3 combo guard didnít fare quite as well against the Bobcats, finishing with 14 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 turnovers on 4-11 FG (3-6 3PT).
It was certainly the tale of two halves for Uzoh, who played completely different guard positions in each stanza. From the opening tip, Tulsa used the long guard as their playmaker initiating the offense. While the junior did not do a bad job of managing the game, it was clear that he was not particularly comfortable doing so either and would much rather be creating for himself. Uzoh made a few nice decisions and worked the ball around Ohio Universityís zone without taking any bad shots. However, Tulsaís leading scorer had a goose egg in the scoring column at halftime.
In the second half, Tulsa decided to move Uzoh to his more natural position of shooting guard where he seemed much more at home. The most impressive part of his game against Ohio U was his ability to shoot the ball from beyond the arc, where he displayed very nice form with a high release point. Having his hands and feet always ready, it was not a problem at all for the San Antonio native to get his shot off with little space. Likewise, there were no problems for Uzoh in terms of rising up off of the dribble to get into his long range jumpshot.
There are some areas for improvement for Uzoh that are pretty glaring. While he has no problem creating his own shot, he creates very little separation. A relatively average athlete, he just doesn't appear to have great quickness off of the bounce. When you combine that with his mediocre ball handling skills, you see why this could be an area of concern for him at the next level.
Uzoh has potential on the defensive end because of his size and length, but he doesn't have the lateral quickness to defend point guards yet at this stage of the game either. This was evident in his game against Ohio U when he couldnít contend the penetration of relatively average MAC guards.
There is a bit of intrigue in Uzoh as a prospect next year because of his size and productivity as a combo guard. He is not a sure fire draft prospect for 2010 at this point, but with improvement in his playmaking skills, he is a player who could easily find his way into the pre-draft camp circuit. Either way, Uzoh is a player who will very likely have an opportunity to play at the next level somewhere in the world.
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