One of the youngest players at the World Championships, doubling as an intriguing high-major NCAA prospect, it will be interesting to see what type of impactif any-- Champ Oguchi can make in Japan.
Coming off a breakout sophomore season (nearly 10 points a game in 19.4 minutes per) for the Oregon Ducks, Oguchi made some very serious noise particularly towards the end of the college year, scoring 20 points or more in 7 of his last 13 contests. His rise in production unsurprisingly coincided with the sharp increase in playing time he began receiving over the last 6 weeks of Oregons extremely disappointing season.
The fact that he put up great numbers almost whenever he was given a serious chance to get playing time shouldnt come as a shock at all when considering the type of player he is. Oguchi is a volume scorer who is capable of coming off the bench and providing instant offense for a team in search of a spark. Hes a lethal outside shooter whose accuracy shouldnt suffer one bit from the slight increase hell see comparing the International 3-point line with the college one.
Oguchi has NBA range on his jump-shot and will prove that to you almost any time he gets a sniff of the ball. He has no conscience whatsoever--for better or for worse--and will hoist up shots instantaneously if you give him just an inch of daylight. He is excellent coming off screens thanks to his heady off the ball movement and possesses very nice elevation on his jump-shot complimented by a lightning quick release, a pretty follow through and the excellent elevation he gets off the floor. Oguchi is quite a trigger happy player and is prone to streaks of extremes in regards to his accuracy, going from red-hot to ice cold unpredictably and seemingly for no particular reason.
Unfortunately thats about all there is to his game at the moment, culminating in the fact that an absurd 75% of his field goal attempts (189/252) come from behind the 3-point line. Whats sad is that Oguchi is actually an above average athlete who possesses a nice first step, even if he lacks some strength and vertical explosiveness to get the job done in the rare occasion that he will make his way all to way to the rim. His ball-handling cant be described any other way but poor at best and a downright liability at worst, featuring no left hand and really no willingness to do anything except catch and shoot off screens or pull up off the dribble.
On a Nigerian national team that doesnt really have a great offensive shot creator to drive and dish to a shooter on the wing, nor a big man who can draw double teams and pass out to the open man, Oguchis effectiveness could be severely minimized when you take his one-dimensional status and extreme lack of international experience into consideration. As an NBA prospect, he obviously still has a long ways to go in terms of proving himself as a draftable player.