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2011-12-02 11:01:19
Team: NON-NBA College Team: Enisey
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H: 6' 6"
W: 213 lbs
Bday: 11/03/1986
(27 Years Old)
Current: PF
Possible: PF
RSCI: 52
Agent: Dan Tobin
High School: The Patterson School
Hometown: Lynwood, CA
Best Case: Gerald Wallace
Worst Case: Jeremiah Massey

Predraft Measurements
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2008NBA Pre-Draft Camp6' 5.25"6' 6.5"2136' 9.5"8' 9"

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What We learned from the NBA Draft Measurements and Combine
June 3, 2008
We discussed during the pre-draft camp just how incredibly out of shape Davon Jefferson looks, and the combine results did nothing to dissuade that notion, as he came out measuring 12% body fat. A guy that clearly looked like one of the best athletes in the NCAA for most of the season seems intent on doing everything humanly possible to tank his draft stock—lifting the 185 bar just twice, running very poorly in the lane agility and ¾ court sprint, and to add insult to injury, measuring out an inch and a half (6-6 ½ in shoes) shorter than he was listed at USC. He showed almost no competitive fire when things mattered at the pre-draft camp. For a player who was never going to impress anyone with his skill level or intangibles, all this combined is probably going to cause him to go undrafted.
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NBA Pre-Draft Camp, Day Three
May 30, 2008
Davon Jefferson continued not to show the type of effort or fire you would expect to see from a player who is currently fighting for his professional future, after having prematurely hired an agent following an average freshman season. His conditioning looks poor, he’s dribbling the ball excessively, and he’s yet to make use of the terrific athletic ability that made him a prospect to start with. This is turning into a very disappointing pre-draft camp for him.
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NBA Pre-Draft Camp, Day Two
May 29, 2008
Who hurt himself the worst? Most likely Davon Jefferson. He came here out of shape, and has barely been hustling at all for the past two days. Although he was able to use his freakish athleticism to make some plays on the glass and in transition, NBA types can’t be crazy about what they are seeing here. He needs to realize the urgency of the situation quickly if he wants to avoid destroying what otherwise might be a very promising future. At this point it looks very obvious that the 21-year old freshman is not ready to be in this draft, and definitely made a hasty decision hiring an agent.
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NCAA Weekly Performers, 1/10/08-- Part Two
January 10, 2008
Two years behind schedule, 21 year-old freshman Davon Jefferson has finally made his NCAA debut. Jefferson was once thought of as a potential early-entry candidate for the 2006 draft, but after failing to get academically eligible, first following the Letter of Intent he signed with UNLV in advance of the 2005-2006 season, and then with USC for 2006-2007, he was forced to wait for 2007-2008 to step out on the court. Even though he obviously has a world of talent at his disposal, he still looks like an extremely raw basketball prospect at this point.

Any discussion of Jefferson has to start off with his unbelievable physical tools. We’re talking about a thoroughbred athlete, blessed with incredible leaping ability, outstanding quickness, and awesome speed in the open floor. He has good size at 6-8, with a frame that should eventually fill out, and an excellent wingspan that completes a very interesting physical picture.

Most of Jefferson’s offense stems almost exclusively from these physical tools. He likes to face the basket and use his terrific first step to get to the rim attacking unbalanced defenses. He can also do some work in the post, mostly by receiving the ball and then facing up and using his quickness and explosiveness to slither his way around the paint to get close enough to the basket and finish, being a magnet for fouls in the process. Nothing here screams polished (especially not NBA wise), and in many games his best source of offense come just through running the floor in transition and crashing the offensive glass, where his athleticism really shines.

Jefferson’s long term position down the road will probably be at the small forward position. At the moment, though, that seems to be pretty far off. His ball-handling skills are extremely poor, particularly with his left hand, and he shows very little ability to change directions and avoid traffic, which can lead to offensive fouls. He’s also a poor outside shooter—not having hit even a single 3-pointer on the year, and looking fairly limited from mid-range as well unless he’s wide open and able to fully set his feet. He will drop some occasional glimpses of potential with a 17-footer or a pull-up jumper, but these are still few and far between. He plays the power forward position exclusively right now for USC, and considering his skill-set and the makeup of their roster, this probably won’t be changing any time soon.

One of Jefferson’s biggest problems is that he plays way too fast for his own good, as his athleticism is still way ahead of his skill level. He has a very limited understanding of the game, not having appeared to have received very much real coaching up until this point, and thus severely lacking in the fundamentals department. The place where that seems to show up the most is in his passing game, ranking amongst the worst in the country amongst draft prospects in assists per 40 minutes pace adjusted, and 13th worst in assist to turnover ratio. Looking beyond the stats, you can clearly see how this plays out on the court, as he shows no filter in his shot-selection and looks to jack up absolutely everything that comes his way. Once he gets the ball, he just lowers his shoulder and tries to get to the basket, regardless of what’s in front of him. Even when he tries to pass the ball, it often results in a turnover.

Defensively, Jefferson has very nice tools, showing a good wingspan, excellent lateral quickness, and nice explosiveness getting off his feet, but he again relies more on his athleticism than on any real fundamentals. He has pretty poor awareness and doesn’t seem to read situations very well, getting backed down in the post because of his lack of bulk (at the power forward position), and not being particularly effective defending the pick and roll. He is a very active player, though, and looks very aggressive for the most part, which helps make up for a lot of his shortcomings on this end.

There are also some question marks about his intangibles. The fact that he could not qualify academically for college for two straight years is somewhat of a red flag, as is the way he bounced around between high schools until he finally landed at USC. He did not play in the first three games of the season in November—either because he was suspended for two of them for team related issues, or because of a “lack of understanding of team concepts,” depending on who you ask. There could be more issues that get dug up once we move into the draft process as well.

All in all, Jefferson is a high-risk, high-reward type prospect who looks very far right now from being able to compete at the NBA level, but surely possesses nice upside to continue to improve in the future as his knowledge of the game expands. He’ll likely have to stay at least another year or two at USC before he can start garnering legit consideration in the first round. That is, unless an Isiah Thomas type GM falls in love with him, much the way the Knicks did with Wilson Chandler last year.
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