H: 6' 8"|
W: 220 lbs
(29 Years Old)
|RSCI: 134||Agent: Aaron Mintz ||
High School: Abraham Lincoln HS
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Pick 47 in 2007 by Wizards
Best Case: Danny Granger
Worst Case: Renaldo Balkman
|Year||Source||Height w/o Shoes||Height w/shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat||No Step Vert||Max Vert|
|2007||NBA Pre-Draft Camp||6' 7.75"||6' 8.25"||220||6' 10.5"||8' 8"||4.7||28.5||34.5|
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Las Vegas Summer League Day Six|
July 17, 2008
This is the type of performance that we’ve grown to expect from the talented second-year forward. McGuire is a versatile player with a lot of tools, who won’t do a ton of scoring, but is capable of putting points on the board at this level. The Fresno State graduate does a very nice job moving without the ball, showing a nose for getting good looks at the basket. His jumper is still developing, but he’s always going to get a few easy buckets each game. While he’s not a great ballhandler, he’s capable of getting to the rim, where he looks for contact in an effort to get to the line. Defensively, McGuire shows the ability to defend both the perimeter and the post, and his combination of size, athleticism, and effort lets him make some plays on that end. McGuire will have a chance to earn himself some money this season with the Wizards.
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Orlando Pre-Draft Camp: Day Four
June 3, 2007
Dominic McGuire had a nice showing in his final game here at the camp, showing how many ways a player of his athletic abilities can impact the game if he puts his mind to it. McGuire was very energetic on the floor here, aggressively attacking the boards and coming up with some rebounds out of nowhere, using his athleticism to pull rebounds away from opposing big men. In terms of scoring the ball, McGuire didn’t get much in terms of results, but made some nice moves that show the potential he has. He had a really nice, aggressive transition lay-up attempt on one possession, going hard to the basket after taking off from far out, trying an up-and-under reverse off the glass going through his defender, though he wasn’t able to convert. He did manage to score on another nice play, though, driving left from the halfcourt and laying the ball up with his right hand off the glass, adjusting in mid-air amidst a crowd. McGuire’s other field goal came on a spot-up 20 footer, and he also missed one from 18 feet out.
McGuire also passed the ball very well in the game, netting himself four assists in a variety of ways. He made a nice pass on a pick-and-roll, had a dump-off to his teammate near the rim on a left-handed drive, and threw some nice transition passes, including a bounce pass through the defense and a quick, one-touch pass that went perfectly to his man ahead near the basket.
Defensively, McGuire was also active, chasing his man through screens, playing solid man-to-man defense on Reyshawn Terry, and picking off an entry pass by using his length on one occasion.
McGuire has a chance of going in the late first round, and will likely be snatched up early in the second regardless, as he probably has the most potential of any player here, given his physical abilities and the groundwork of skills he has in place. If he can play consistently aggressive basketball, especially in terms of taking it strong to the basket, he can contribute in many ways for an NBA team, rebounding, passing, and playing solid man and help defense.
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Orlando Pre-Draft Camp: Day Three
June 1, 2007
An athletic forward with lots of upside, McGuire may be the most intriguing prospect at the pre-draft camp this season. After a lack of aggressiveness held him back on day 1, he bounced back with a solid all-around performance today.
McGuire displayed very impressive passing ability today, both in the half court and transition offense. His most impressive play came in transition when he took the ball coast to coast left handed before dishing the ball from under the basket to an open big man. There was no defensive pressure when he was bringing the ball up the court, however, and his ball handling will be an area that will need focus in the future.
In addition to passing, McGuire also made 3 spot-up jumpers from around the college 3 point range. The junior shot just under 30% from the three point line this season, and it appears that he has worked a great deal on his shooting mechanics since the end of the college season. The next step in this area will be to expand the range out to the NBA three point line.
As a slasher, McGuire has all the natural tools to excel in this area at the NBA level, thanks to a deadly first step and the ability to explode off the ground and hang in the air. For him to fully utilize this ability, better ball handling will be necessary. In addition, McGuire must stop shying away from contact at the basket. As proven on one drive today, he tries to finesse the ball around the defense rather than taking the contact and drawing the foul. Still, few small forward prospects are blessed with this kind of size and explosive athletic ability.
Defensively, McGuire made a number of athletic plays today, including a help side blocked shot and a handful of difficult defensive rebounds. His physical tools allow him to play good man to man defensive most of the time, but he sometimes loses his focus in this area. With a consistent effort, the tools are in place for him to become a lockdown defensive small forward at the NBA level.
On one hand, McGuire has great athleticism for a small forward prospect in combination with a pretty good overall feel for the game. At the same time, his soft style of play rarely allows him to take advantage of his natural gifts. Dominic McGuire could easily be a mid first rounder with more physical play, but it is tough to project a player who rarely goes to his strengths.
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Orlando Pre-Draft Camp: Day One
May 30, 2007
It is way too early to be drawing conclusions, but there may not be a better prospect in Orlando in terms of raw physical tools. McGuire was a man on a mission throughout the first session, looking to attack the basket off the dribble and blowing by his man fairly easily. McGuire dazzled all in attendance with a stunning put back dunk, and looks to be on the verge of a huge camp. Now McGuire must answer questions about his jump shot, which may be easier said than done at this point. The answers will start in the drills tomorrow…
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NCAA Tournament: Stock Watch (round of 32, Sunday games)--Stock Up
March 19, 2007
Dominic McGuire informed DraftExpress’ Jonathan Givony that he will be officially declaring for the 2007 NBA draft this week. The extremely athletic Fresno State junior established himself as one of the most versatile players in the country this year-- averaging 13.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.6 blocks—and putting up two triple-doubles on the season, the last of which came against Georgia in the NIT, in what could turn out to be his last game of his college career.
McGuire will be keeping his NCAA eligibility intact for now, although he states that he “fully intends on playing in the NBA next season.” He will be working out over the next 9 weeks to prepare himself for the Orlando pre-draft camp, which he tentatively plans on participating in. He is currently projected as a late first-round pick on our 2007 mock draft. Despite playing power forward in college and being amongst the top rebounds and shot-blockers in the country, McGuire is considered an intriguing prospect due to his excellent frame, athleticism, passing and ball-handling skills, all of which should help him make a smooth transition to the wing. He will need to work on improving his perimeter shooting, as he made only 30% of his attempts from behind the 3-point line this year.
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NCAA Weekly Performers, 1/22/07-- Part One
January 23, 2007
While every team in the NBA is going out to Fresno State to watch Quinton Hosley this year, its Cal transfer and redshirt junior Dominic McGuire that people are coming away raving about. After putting up a terrific stat-line a few weeks ago against Stanford (25 points, 13 rebounds in a heartbreaking loss), we wanted to wait to see him one more time before we were willing to really confirm what we saw and have been hearing so much about. From what we can tell, it was certainly worth waiting for.
Watching him again this past week on the road against a very talented Nevada team, it’s really hard not to get excited about his potential. McGuire is a legit 6-8 swingman who plays all five positions for his team, showing freakish athleticism, a terrific frame, and the kind of emerging versatile skill-set that draws comparisons to a young Joe Johnson from his days at Arkansas. “He’s the most talented wing player on the West Coast besides Budinger,” says one NBA scout who has been out to see him on multiple occasions. “We’re talking lottery-type upside here.”
McGuire passes the eye test and then some for an NBA swingman, possessing great size, terrific length, and a very nice frame. He is silky smooth on top of that, showing outstanding fluidity, excellent body control and the type of explosiveness needed to get into the lane and hang in the air for some incredibly creative finishes. He is used at the power forward position mostly for Fresno State, but will at times swing over to point guard for a stretch or just explode off the floor for a rebound and go coast to coast himself. His ball-handling skills are extremely impressive, being capable of shaking guys off the dribble going left or right, and creating his own shot to pull up smoothly from mid-range or quickly make his way to the hoop. On first and second glance, he appears to be a pretty smart player who plays within his team’s offense unselfishly and would rather not force the issue, even if his decision making skills aren’t always the best. He’s a nice passer as his 3.1 assists per game average would indicate, and will show some nice creativity at times by threading the needle with tough passes.
Defensively, McGuire is averaging an outstanding 3.6 blocks per game thanks to his combination of size, length, excellent timing and the quickness in which he gets off his feet. While this strength is not particularly likely to translate over to the NBA, he does have the tools to become an extremely disruptive defender on the wing, especially in terms of his lateral quickness. Likewise, he is a very strong rebounder at the WAC level, pulling down just under 9 per game to complete a very versatile picture. Just to illustrate that point, he had a triple-double a few weeks ago against San Diego, with 14 points (4-6 FG), 14 rebounds, 10 blocks. Just for good measure, he added 4 assists and 6 turnovers.
In terms of weaknesses, McGuire has quite a few wrinkles to his game he’ll need to iron out. For one, he’s not a great finisher around the basket, lacking a bit of strength and craft in terms of using the glass in traffic. His perimeter jumper shows promise at times, but is not consistent in the least bit, as he does not have very good balance or footwork, and therefore does not have a steady release point. Like many smooth swingmen who can get their shot off virtually at any time, he has a tendency at times to settle from the perimeter for off-balance shots when he’d be much better off taking the ball strong to the hoop. He shows great toughness on the defensive end as his shot-blocking and rebounding numbers would indicate, but this toughness and hunger does not quite translate over to the offensive end the way you might hope.
Generally speaking, McGuire is not the most polished player you’ll find despite his status as a redshirt junior. He is still young for his class, though, just having turned 21 three months ago. He certainly lacks some focus on the court as his up and down numbers would indicate, and there were some minor off the court rumblings from his days at Cal, mainly regarding his overall maturity level. In terms of pure talent, though, it’s tough not to be extremely intrigued by what he’s showing this year—albeit inconsistently—at Fresno. Guys who are 6-8 and possess his kind of skill-set and athletic ability certainly don’t come around every day. It probably wouldn’t surprise anyone to see his name on the early-entry list when it’s all said and done, but he’s going to have to put up more performances like he did against Stanford and Nevada to improve his chances of landing in the first round. With that said, he’s the type of guy who is absolutely tailor-made to the NBA private workout setting.
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