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Name: L.J. Peak

School: Georgetown

Season: Junior

ESPN High School Ranking: 31 (2014)

Birthdate: February 2, 1996 (20)

Birthplace: Gaffney, South Carolina

Family: 

- Grew up with single mother Lafayette Peak

High School: 

- Gaffney High School (Freshman, Sophomore, and Senior Seasons)

- Whitney Young (Junior Season)

Accolades:

- 2014South Carolina Mr Basketball

- Won 2 State Titles at Gaffney

- Won Gold on USA Basketball U-19 Team in 2015 World Championships

Height: 6'4.5 (Numbers taken from 2015 USA Basketball Camp)

Weight: 212

Wingspan: 6'9.5

Standing Reach: 8'7.25

Injury History:

- Had ankle injury midway through Freshman Season but did not miss any time

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Scored 38 PPG as a Senior at Gaffney High School

- Says mother is most influential person in his life 

- Has not missed a game in 3 years at Georgetown

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 7.9 PPG

- 2.3 RPG

- 1 APG

- 0.8 SPG

- 39% FG

- 25% 3

- 70% FT

Sophomore Season Stats:

- 12.3 PPG

- 3.3 RPG

- 1.7 APG

- 0.8 SPG

- 0.6 BPG

- 49% FG

- 41% 3

- 75% FT

Junior Season Stats: Through 10 games

- 16.4 PPG

- 3.7 RPG

- 3.3 APG

- 1.5 SPG

- 0.7 BPG

- 50% FG

- 38% 3

- 83% FT

Analytics: 

- 2nd in free throws made in the Big East in 2016-17

Position: PG/SG

Greatest Strength: Getting to the hoop

Athleticism: 8

Aggression: 8

Speed: 8

Strength: 7

Lateral Movement: 7

Basketball IQ: 6

Switchability: 6

3 point shooting: 7

Jumpshot: 7

Ability to finish at the rim: 8

Post moves: 6

Handle: 6

Passing: 6

Rebounding: 6

Motor: 8

Touch: 6

Hands: 7

On ball defense: 6

Help defense: 6

Steals: 7

Blocks: 6

Pick and Roll: 

- Great at using screens to get into the lane

- Needs to improve his decision-making and not settle for deep jumpers off ball screens

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Plays defense with his hands too often

- Great in transition

- Attacks the basket with no fear

- Relentless attacker

- Very strong attacking

- Needs to improve shot selection 

- Big, strong body

Game Analysis: 

- vs. La Salle

- #21 Jordan Price

- #2 Amar Stukes

- Good backdoor cut, catches deep in post, one dribble to back man up and lays it in

- Good help in transition to get back and block away layup attempt

- Left ball screen at top of key, defender goes under and he hits deep jumper straightaway

- Right pick and roll, beats man, draws help, hits Govan rolling for a dunk

- Takes handoff behind Govan screen and tries 3 at right 45 - blocked

- Catches left 45, drives right middle, turns back left and misses layup at hoop but fouled - FTs /2

- Gets ball in transition, fouled at the 3 point line driving for 1 and 1 - FTs 1/2

- Catches handoff curling up from right, uses Govan screen left, hits pullup jumper at left elbow

- Right ball screen at left 45, uses it and takes pullup jumper left elbow again - miss short

- Gets ball at half, pushes before defense is set up, drives right down middle, impressive hops and holds ball above rim to try and finish finger roll - missed but fouled - FTs 2/2

- Catches handoff at left, uses right ball screen, dribbles into lane, hesitation to draw big closer, then gets to hoop and fouled (called on the floor) - FTs 2/2

- Fouled on the catch at the right block, penalty - FTs 2/2

- Catches on the curl from upscreen, got into lane, drew strong-side corner help defender enough to hit open 3 point shooter for 3 - hits

- Right ball screen at top of key, uses it, hesitation dribble then tries a scoop layup - misses

- Gets beaten off left drive from right elbow, but recovers and blocks shot - then takes it in transition at end of half in out dribble with right, crosses over to left and finishes finger roll at the hoop

- Uses left ball screen at right 45 to create minimal separation and takes jumper with foot on 3 point line - misses, bad shot - Price backs him down on left block, turns and banks it in at hoop - bullied

- Tries to postup smaller peak in lane, fouled in penalty 1 and 1 - FT 0/1

- Bumped on left drive attempt, penalty 1 and 1 - FTs 1/2

- Uses right ball screen, spins, flies to hoop with little room in lane, fouled going up with right - FTs 2/2

- Price bullied Peak again on left block, kept turning side to side, went up near hoop and fouled 

- Off steal takes it end to end left drive then switches to right and fouled going up for layup - attacks recklessly - FTs 2/2

- Nice post feed to Govan

- Good defense on Johnson to cut him off on drive and block shot

NBA Comparison: Rodney Stuckey

Current Ability: 6.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 6.5-7

Projected Draft Spot: 2nd Round

Opinion: Peak is a big strong rim attacker. He thrives in transition but can get to the hoop in space or with a ball screen. He can bully smaller guards in the paint as well. He needs to improve his floor game, as he tends to play 1-on-1 streetball more than team basketball. But he has the athleticism to be an impact guard in the NBA.