|DraftExpress: Highest No-Step Vert: Troy Gillenwater 33.75". With-step: Orlando Johnson, Tony Mitchell 39". Fastest Lane Agility: Casper Ware #NetsCombine|
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H: 6' 7"|
W: 242 lbs
(24 Years Old)
|Agent: Scott Nichols ||
High School: Stoneridge Prep
Hometown: Boston, MA
|Height w/o Shoes||Height w/shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat||No Step Vert||Max Vert||Bench Press||Lane Agility||3/4 Court Sprint||Class Rank|
|6' 6"||6' 7"||242||7' 2"||8' 10.25"||15.3||33.8||35.3||7||11.31||3.29||NA|
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|Top NBA Draft Prospects in Non-BCS Conferences, Part Five (#26-30)|
November 11, 2010
After missing the first 21 games of his sophomore season due to academic suspension, Troy Gillenwater finished off strong, averaging a very potent 14.6 points in just 22.8 minutes per game for the Aggies, while scoring at a high efficiency as well. Despite dealing with ankle injuries in the offseason, Gillenwater should be fully healthy to start his junior year, where he'll look to expand his production with a larger role.
On the offensive end, Gillenwater does the majority of his damage operating with his back to the basket, something he's very well suited for in mid-major NCAA, though likely far less than ideal from an NBA perspective. Possessing good base strength and a nice arsenal of hook shots and turnaround jumpers, Gillenwater finishes very well around the basket, showing good touch and instincts in the post. The problem, however, is that from an athletic standpoint he is not particularly impressive, and he struggles to get great separation on his moves, which makes it tougher for him to finish against bigger, more athletic opponents.
Off the ball, Gillenwater does a good job finishing on cuts, pick-and-rolls, and offensive rebounds, but he isn't featured in these situations very often and his lack of great athleticism makes it unlikely for him to develop into a big time threat in these areas. Likewise, despite showing a decent comfort level with his ball-handling, his first step is very weak, making his face-up game very non-threatening.
On the other hand, Gillenwater does excel greatly with his spot-up shooting, possessing range to the college three-point line and very good accuracy on his shot. According to Synergy Sports Technology, Gillenwater scored 1.23 points per possession on his jump shots, which ranks in the 94th percentile of college players. If he can maintain his 40% three-point shooting on a larger number of attempts per game (he averaged just 2.5 as a sophomore), this is one attribute that will be very helpful to him projecting to any higher level of competition.
Defensively, Gillenwater does a good job in the post, where he shows solid fundamentals and moves his feet pretty well, while he also shows good but not great base strength to hold position. He isn't tested much on the perimeter, either in isolation or pick-and-roll situations, but when he is, he doesn't look particularly comfortable. Gillenwater also does a good job contributing on the glass, averaging 11.1 boards per pace adjusted 40 minutes, something he can hopefully maintain with increased minutes this year.
Looking forward, Gillenwater appears to have a steep uphill climb to establish himself as a surefire NBA draft prospect, as his lack of great athleticism or size combined with the question marks about how his post game will translate is a lot of cards stacked against him. Continuing to develop as a three-point threat, maximizing his athleticism, and developing into a more versatile defender should be among his priorities, and he should have plenty of chances to do so this year.
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National Prep Showcase--Day Three
November 20, 2006
Gillenwater continued his fantastic play Sunday night, finishing with 25 points on 9-14 shooting. Like fellow 2008 stud Delvon Roe, Gillenwater is an undersized but extremely productive power forward who just seems to get it done every time he steps out on the court. The Boston native stepped out to the perimeter a few times tonight, hitting outside jumpers on a regular basis, even knocking one down from three point territory. He was an absolute monster on the glass all weekend long, even though his numbers may not necessarily reflect it. We must keep in mind that Troy was playing with three seven footers on his team, yet he still managed to lead his Stoneridge squad in rebounds over the three day event.
Of course Gillenwater doesn't have immediate “one and done” potential like some of the other top prep players have due to his lack of size and freakish athleticism, but that is one thing that colleges absolutely eat up. They know that they're getting a guy who will most likely be there for four years, and is going to be incredibly productive throughout the duration of his college career. Honestly though, it is scary how well he has already adjusted to being an undersized power forward constantly facing athletic 6'10 big men on the prep level, so his transition in college should not be that difficult. I guess his ability to consistently gain experience of playing against top level players is one (of the few) benefits that prep school basketball has to offer players today, and will help him greatly once he lands in the NCAA.
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National Prep Showcase-- Day Two
November 18, 2006
Just another day on the job for the scrappy Troy Gillenwater, possibly the most versatile big man we’ve seen here so far besides Michael Beasley. He showed off a fantastic package of all-around skills tonight, draining long range jumpers, using his phenomenal footwork to score with his back to the basket, facing up and slithering around defenders, drawing fouls like they were going out of style, running the floor and finishing in transition, and generally making life miserable for whoever attempted to guard him. When Stoneridge was in trouble and needed a basket, it was the 16 year old Gillenwater that delivered for them. He finished the game with 37 points (shooting 11 for 16 from the field and 14 of 20 from the free throw line), the most of any player at the Showcase so far. His phenomenal hands also made him a terror on the glass. Gillenwater is going to be a fantastic college player for whichever lucky program manages to land him, but in terms of NBA potential, there are still question marks about his true position. He is a bit stuck between the 3 and the 4 at the moment, lacking great ball-handling skills in particular. That didn’t stop the Craig Smith’s and Corliss Williamson’s of the world from making it, but he’s going to have his doubters if he doesn’t grow an inch or two in the next few years. Regarding his college list, the top contenders for his services right now include Oklahoma State, Washington, Southern Cal, Florida, Cal, Nebraska and Georgetown.
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National Prep Showcase-- Day One
November 18, 2006
Gillenwater simply dominated the Notre Dame frontcourt for the first 35 minutes of the game, scoring whenever he wanted and being an absolute bully on the glass. He, along with the Stoneridge trio of seven footers, was able to make Michael Beasley a total non-factor for the first 30 minutes of play. Troy showed very good hands, catching everything inside and finishing against taller, more athletic defenders. While he doesn’t blow you away with an amazing skill set, he has just enough of a perimeter game to be able to knock down mid range jumpers when left open, or hit you with a crafty move on the low blocks. The Boston native was simply dominant in his homecoming, finishing with 27 points and 11 rebounds on 11-20 from the field and 1-2 from the free throw line.
What makes the Stoneridge bruiser tough to project in the future is his lack of height, and perimeter game at the moment. He doesn’t appear to have that high of an upside as a power forward, making one wonder if he will ever be able to develop the necessary athleticism and/or perimeter skills to step out on the wing. Even if Troy does not develop in these areas, we are surely looking at a player who will be very productive on the collegiate level, and will make one high major division one coach incredibly happy if he were to commit to them.
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