H: 6' 8"|
W: 220 lbs
(31 Years Old)
|RSCI: 134||Agent: Aaron Mintz ||
High School: Abraham Lincoln HS
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Drafted: 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|
|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|
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.[Read Full Article]
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.
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.
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…[Read Full Article]
DraftExpress had a chance to spend Friday afternoon watching a private workout conducted by trainer Keith Moss featuring Fresno State junior early-entry candidate Dominic McGuire, in Sacramento, California. This was the first of many workouts we'll be taking in over the next 2 weeks in various cities around the US leading into the NBA pre-draft camp in Orlando on May 29th.
McGuire has been working out here in Sacramento for nearly 7 weeks now, having only taken off a week in early March following his team's exit from the first round of the NIT, a game against Georgia in which he compiled a triple double with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists (and 4 blocks), his second triple double of the season—even if the first one came with double digit blocks instead of assists. That game against Georgia will ultimately prove to be his last from what McGuire told us in Sacramento, as he is, in his words, “done at Fresno State” and is “not looking back.”
The fact that he's leaving school following his junior year (his first at Fresno) has “nothing to do with Fresno in terms of the basketball or the school,” according to McGuire, but was more “about me,” reminding us at the same time that he went to Cal for two years to begin his college career and then sat out a year after transferring to Fresno. “Coming out of high school I thought I would be in the NBA by now already, but it just didn't work out that way.”
When pressed about his decision to forgo testing the waters for the sake of jumping in head first, McGuire articulated that he was “confident that at this time next year, I would be in the NBA. No one's sure where or how I'll get there, but I am going to be there, so let me get some help in this process. I don't know if I would be able to get it done scheduling wise and so-forth. Other guys have agents, so let me have someone who is working for me, to get the job done.”
McGuire says that after preparing for nearly 2 months individually with a private trainer, he is very much looking forward to beginning the process of private workouts, and that “whoever I end up going playing against… I feel sorry for them…honestly.”
This statement wasn't made to be boastful or arrogant, just a simple statement of McGuire and his trainer's viewpoint. Both he and Moss feel that they've gained a significant advantage over much of the field by starting the draft preparation process weeks in advance of many other candidates. Many schools finish classes in May and this leaves them with only 2 or 3 weeks of serious preparation time. McGuire elected get a jump on the competition by starting the process early. By putting in 4 hours daily of straight skill and body work, both trainer and player are fully expecting that commitment to pay off.
That leads us into the actual process of preparing that Keith Moss is putting him through right now. Immediately it became evident that McGuire looks better physically than he did last time we saw him. According to Moss, McGuire will measure out in Orlando at 6'8 ˝” in shoes, with a wingspan just under 6”11”. He's also added 7 pounds to his frame, bringing him to 219 lbs. Looking at his frame, it's hard not to be impressed. He doesn't seem to have even an ounce of fat on his body, and sports a well proportioned, athletic frame with plenty of room to add more bulk if needed thanks to his wide shoulders.
McGuire has been working out lately alongside his brother Jeremee, a former University of Houston basketball player who has spent time in the minor leagues (the D-League, CBA, USBL) as well as playing in Japan. Dominic's brother, a dead ringer for Kevin Garnett, is even more impressive physically, standing 6'10” with a 7'5” wingspan, and also showing terrific athleticism.
The workout started with a 20 minute shooting drill pitting the McGuire brothers head to head against each other. Each player had to start off hitting 20 layups each in the Mikan Drill, then doing 10 spin-out layups, going around the world hitting 5 mid-range shots in a row from 5 different spots, and finally advancing to shooting college 3-pointers from the spot of their choice, against the clock. The player who hit the most college 3-pointers in the 11 remaining minutes after completing the other parts of the drill “won”. After starting slow and clearly battling fatigue as the drill continued, Dominic ended up “winning” by shooting 42/60 from college range, or 70%. For a player who struggled to even hit free throws at a consistent rate (58%) at the collegiate level, and only shot 29.9% from behind the arc, that has to be considered extremely encouraging. He's still somewhat streaky from what we saw, being capable for example of hitting 10 college 3-pointers in a row at one point and missing 5 straight in another.
The reason for the improvement he's seen, besides the hard work he's been putting in 6 times a week over the past 7 weeks, lies in the improved mechanics Moss has implemented in his shot.
On film, it's easy to tell that McGuire would do a great job creating separation from defenders and taking advantage of his explosive leaping ability by just jumping in the air as high as he could and then releasing his jumper from an inconsistent vantage point from shot to shot, often on the way down.
Moss has eliminated the hop in McGuire's spot-up set-shot, getting him to set his feet and release the ball fluidly and fundamentally with good arc and follow-through and a clean snap of the wrist. The results were evident throughout the workout (even if he's not a finished product yet)-- and if McGuire can find a way to shoot at or near the 70% we charted in this drill from the college 3-point line in NBA private workouts, he will help himself tremendously in the eyes of scouts.
Being an athletic and highly versatile 6-8 wing who rebounds (9.8 per game), blocks shots (3.6 per game), passes (3.3 assists), runs the floor and is highly active makes him an intriguing prospect for sure, but being able to knock down open spot-up 3-pointers on top of that makes him that much more valuable, potentially.
After working on shooting, McGuire and Moss proceeded with the heart of the workout—improving core strength, explosiveness, ball-handling, finishing with contact around the rim, offensive rebounding, and then more shooting drills.
All of the drills (besides the ones involving shooting) were conducted with a 3 pound training ball rather than the standard 1.3 pounds. This ball is used in order to improve (amongst other things) ball-handling skills and strength. As we mentioned in our scouting report a few months ago, McGuire is clearly a nice ball-handler, but what was surprising to see was how little difference there was between his right and left hands. He's actually better with his left hand, but still looks smooth and fluid handling the ball in basically every drill that was thrown at him. Watching this and thinking about his strengths and weaknesses as a player (particularly his passing ability), it's not hard to envision him in a Lamar Odom type point forward role, minus about 2 inches of course.
Moss subscribes to a similar theory we've seen over at David Thorpe's gym (now at IMG Academy), focusing heavily on core strength, quickness, leaping ability, “getting after the ball” and improving activity level both through instilling an aggressive mentality in the player through the various drills, as well as giving them the physical tools to compete in the hyper-athletic NBA by sharpening their ability to explode off the spot and outquick their opponents.
Drills included dribbling the ball off the backboard while jumping simultaneously (try it at home…it's exhausting), exploding off the ground and dunking again and again instantaneously as the ball is caught coming out of the net, having to track down and pounce on long offensive rebounds thrown hard off the glass before again finishing strong, and our favorite, an NFL inspired drill. In this last one, the player receives the ball underneath the rim and is forced to finish aggressively through contact while taking a tremendous two-handed barehanded wallop coming down on him from the trainer Keith Moss on one side and a direct hit in the chest from his brother holding a football-style blocking pad on the other.
The McGuires finished off their exhausting day with shooting drills from all over the court, both with their feet set, using the glass, and off the dribble coming off a simulated screen. Some minor work on post moves (turnaround jumpers, jump-hooks, etc) was added in for good measure. McGuire shot 22/26 (85%) from one baseline from 17-18 feet out, and then 24/27 (89%) from the other. From the elbow (about 19 feet out) he went 19/30 (63%) on one occasion, and 22/29 (76%) on another. Shooting in motion coming off a screen is still a work in progress for him, coming horizontally he was 7/12 (58%), while running in vertically he shot 9/13 ( 69%). As mentioned, he has a tendency to shoot the ball on his way down, which hinders him from achieving a consistent release point. This part of his game still appears to be a work in progress, which isn't a surprise considering that his shooting was obviously his biggest weakness in college.
Like many skill and athleticism oriented workouts intended for preparing players before the pre-draft process actually kicks off, there were very few game-type settings in which to evaluate the player off of. From our perspective, we were able to get an excellent gauge for McGuire's conditioning and physical gifts, as well as his improved shooting mechanics and ball-handling skills, but not much else—meaning how he actually plays in a real competitive setting. Already having been told that he will very likely be invited to the pre-draft camp in Orlando, that is where McGuire skill-set will have to really be evaluated off of. For a more in-depth look into the type of player he is, read his scouting report linked above.
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.
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.