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    Default Official Darryl Jerard "D.J." Augustin Jr. Thread

    D.J. Augustin
    H/W: 6-0/180lbs
    Age: 20
    DOB: 11/10/1987
    POS: Pure PG
    Hometown: New Orleans, LA
    Team: Texas Longhorns - Big 12 Conference


    STATS:
    MIN - 37
    PPG - 19.2
    FG% - 44
    3P% - 38% (44% freshman season)
    APG - 6
    RPG - 3
    TO - 2.8
    SPG - 1.2
    FPG - 1.6







    Strengths:

    ē Strong build
    ē Basketball instincts
    ē Mix between scoring/passing
    ē Outstanding ball-handling skills w/either hand
    ē Change of gears/Hesitation moves
    ē Ability to get to free throw line
    ē Pick and roll play
    ē Perimeter shooting
    ē Off the dribble shooting
    ē Quick release
    ē Mid-range game
    ē Transition play
    ē Court vision
    ē Unselfishness
    ē Under control play
    ē Assist to turnover ratio
    ē Commitment to playing defense
    ē Fundamentals
    ē Intangibles
    ē Winner


    Augustin's sophomore year so far:

    34.9 mpg
    19.1 ppg
    7.0 assists
    2.4 rebounds
    57% FG
    86% FT
    47% 3 pts
    4.1 TO


    TJ Ford's sophomore year (won national player of the year at Texas)

    33.6 mpg
    15.0 ppg
    7.7 assists
    3.9 rebounds
    40% FG
    82% FT
    27% 3 pts
    3.2 TO

    Chris Paul's sophomore year

    33.4 mpg
    15.2 ppg
    6.6 assists
    ?? rebounds (can't find)
    45% FG
    83% FT
    47% 3 pt
    2.8 TO

    Deron Williams junior year

    33.7 mpg
    12.5 ppg
    6.8 assists
    ?? rebounds (can't find)
    43% FG
    68% FT
    36% 3 pt
    2.8 TO

    Jameer Nelson senior year

    33.9 mpg
    20.6 ppg
    5.3 assists
    ?? rebounds
    48% FG
    79% FT
    39% 3 pt
    2.8 TO


    This a potential Steve Nash clone; passing on him would be ignorant. We need a matured complete PG, with a lot of dimensions. DJ is that guy.


    High school

    Augustin's family was forced out of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. He played his senior (final) year at Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas. However, he got his diploma from Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, and he participated in the graduation ceremonies with his Hightower classmates on May 28, 2006 at Houston's Toyota Center. While at Brother Martin, Augustin led the team to two state championships.

    While at Hightower, DJ showed why he was one of the top players in the nation, and thrilled the Hightower faithful with his pinpoint passing and precise shooting. His first game as a Hurricane was vs Madison High school, and DJ nearly pulled off a triple double in front of a packed house and tv camera's with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 14 assists in a 83-59 victory. DJ led Hightower to the third round of the playoffs before they were eliminated, and ended the season at 26-4. DJ won numerous honors after the season as he was named district 20-5A MVP, was named as the Houston Chronicle player of the year, made the first team all Greater Houston, and first team all state teams. DJ finished his high school career by being named a McDonalds All American, and started as point guard for the west squad against his soon to be teamate at Texas, game MVP from the east's Kevin Durant.[1]

    University of Texas

    Freshman year

    Augustin was one of seven freshman to join the Longhorn basketball program for the 2006-07 season. He started all 35 games in the season as the point guard for the Longhorns, averaging 14.4 points and 6.7 assists per game. For his contributions, he was named to both the All-Big 12 Second Team and the Big 12 All-Rookie Team by the coaches and Associated Press.[2] Kevin Durant (former Teammate) was quoted as saying " I don't think I would be where I am today without D.J. (Augustin)". Also, the Texas Longhorns play-by-play analyst stated " Man, Augustin makes everyone who he plays around better".

    Sophomore year

    Augustin, along with Texas A&M Aggies player Joseph Jones, was featured on the front cover of the November 15, 2007 issue of Sports Illustrated.[3] In the fall 2007 semester, he achieved a 4.0 GPA, raising his cumulative GPA to a 3.64.[4] On February 27, 2008, he was named first-team Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He became the second Texas Longhorn basketball player to achieve the honor, following Jim Krivacs, who received it in 1979.[5] Augustin was also named to the USBWA All-America First Team.

    On April 3, 2008, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame awarded him the Bob Cousy Award.

    Awards
    McDonald's All-American
    Pre-season Big 12 Player of the Year
    AP All-American
    Bob Cousy Award



    Interview
    Reporter: How did you know it was time to enter the draft?

    D.J. Augustin: I just felt like I was ready mentally and physically. I had a great college experience, we won a lot of games and I think I developed into a pretty good point guard. I think Iím ready for the next level.

    DraftExpress: What are you doing to prepare for the draft?

    D.J. Augustin: Iím working out twice a day with Coach John Lucas in Houston; I have a trainer down in Houston also, so Iíve been lifting weights, and doing conditioning and skill work.


    DraftExpress: What has been the biggest emphasis skill wise that youíve been working on?

    D.J. Augustin: Just being able to get bigger guards off of me, being able to play against the bigger guards. I have a lot of help with T.J. Ford down in Houston teaching me tricks. Iím just trying to learn as much as possible.


    DraftExpress: A lot of people talk about your size; do you think thatís going to hold you back either offensively or defensively in the pros?

    D.J. Augustin: No; I donít think itís really held me back my entire life. Iíve always been the smallest one on the floor; I have no problem going in with the big men and doing what I can do. Getting my teammates involved, thatís always been my goal.

    DraftExpress: Is there any player in the NBA that you try to model yourself after?

    D.J. Augustin: Offensively I try to play like Steve Nash; he has a lot of crafty shots he gets off against bigger guys. Thatís going to be my main thing; I have to learn to do that.

    DraftExpress: You went to Steve Nashís camp over the summer. Is there anything you added there specifically that you feel helped you?

    D.J. Augustin: Just learning how to run the pick and roll; executing that to perfection. Thatís the biggest thing in the NBA, a lot of teams run pick and roll the whole game. Thatís going to be a big key.


    DraftExpress: Do you feel there is any type of offensive system in the NBA youíre more suited for? Maybe pick and roll, half court, or transition?

    D.J. Augustin: At Texas we really played everything. We ran in transition; we brought it to the half court and ran pick and roll. So I feel like Iím ready for any offense, and Iím just going to keep learning.

    Reporter: What workouts have you scheduled?

    D.J. Augustin: I havenít talked to my agent yet; weíre going to do that today, about who Iím working out with and when. I think my first workout is Wednesday, but Iím not sure with whom yet.

    Reporter: Who is your agent?

    D.J. Augustin: Thaddeus Foucher

    DraftExpress: You hired your agent kind of late in the process; what went into that decision? Why did it take so long?

    D.J. Augustin: I just like to take my time with every decision I make, I donít like to rush things. I sat down with my family, we picked the guy I felt the most comfortable with, and thatís how it went. I took my time and went who I felt comfortable with; I think it was a good decision.

    DraftExpress: Have you heard anything about your draft range?

    D.J. Augustin: So people have me going six
    through fourteen, but I donít listen to that stuff. Anything can happen on draft night, so you have to be prepared for anything and work hard.

    DraftExpress: Some rumors have mentioned the Clippers and Indiana as possible destinations; do you have any feelings about those teams or cities?

    D.J. Augustin: Theyíre both great cities and great teams. I just want to go to the best team that I can help in whatever role they need me in.

    DraftExpress: Have you talked to Kevin Durant at all about the process?

    D.J. Augustin: Yeah; Iíve talked to Kevin, Iíve talked to T.J. (Ford). I talk to T.J. a little more because he was in the same position Iím in as a point guard. But I talk to both of those guys about the situation.


    DraftExpress: With Kevin leaving early for the NBA, how did you adjust to that at Texas?

    D.J. Augustin: I just had to be more of a scorer. Coach wanted me to score more, but itís hard to do because like I said Iím always looking for my teammates. Iím an unselfish guy on the court and I had to become more of a leader. Thatís what I did, and thatís how I changed my game this year.

    DraftExpress: What type of role do you see yourself playing in the NBA five years from now?

    D.J. Augustin: Hopefully Iíll be a great point guard; a leader on the floor on a team thatís winning. Those are my main goals: help a team win and be the best player that I can be.




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    D.J. Augustin brought both a high skill level in the drills and excellent quickness, making him a pretty impressive workout player to take in in a setting like this. It really seems like his size is the only thing that can hold him back. He also had an unbelievably fast run in the ĺ court sprint..





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    The Pacers have been eyeing Augustin for a while -- but that includes Donnie Walsh, back before he leapt to the Knicks.

    They copied my mock draft idea, heres my mock draft.

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    First Round
    1 CHI Derrick Rose
    2 MIA Michael Beasley
    3 MIN O.J. Mayo
    4 SEA Brook Lopez
    5 MEM Kevin Love
    6 NY D.J. Augustin
    7 LAC Jerryd Bayless
    8 MIL Danilo Gallinari
    9 CHA Russell Westbrook
    10 NJ Anthony Randolph
    11 IND Eric Gordon
    12 SAC Darrell Arthur
    13 POR Joe Alexander
    14 GS DeAndre Jordan
    15 PHO Brandon Rush
    16 PHI Donte Greene
    17 TOR Nicolas Batum
    18 WAS Ty Lawson
    19 CLE Kosta Koufos
    20 DEN JaVale McGee
    21 NJ Jason Thompson
    22 ORL Marreese Speights
    23 UTA Roy Hibbert
    24 SEA Robin Lopez
    25 HOU Ryan Anderson
    26 SA Serge Ibaka
    27 NO Chris Douglas-Roberts
    28 MEM J.J. Hickson
    29 DET DeVon Hardin
    30 BOS Chase Budinger

    Second Round
    1 MIN Bill Walker
    2 SEA Mario Chalmers
    3 POR Nathan Jawai
    4 MIN Nikola Pekovic
    5 LAC Richard Hendrix
    6 POR Mike Taylor
    7 MIL Courtney Lee
    8 CHA D.J. White
    9 CHI Joey Dorsey
    10 NJ Gary Forbes
    11 IND George Hill
    12 SAC Lester Hudson
    13 SAC Davon Jefferson
    14 UTA Jamont Gordon
    15 SA Trent Plaisted
    16 SEA Kyle Weaver
    17 WAS James Gist
    18 PHO J.R. Giddens
    19 GS Will Daniels
    20 SEA Henk Norel
    21 DAL Shan Foster
    22 MIA Pat Calathes
    23 UTA Omer Asik
    24 HOU Sonny Weems
    25 POR Bryce Taylor
    26 SEA Maarty Leunen
    27 SA Richard Roby
    28 LAL DeMarcus Nelson
    29 DET Drew Neitzel
    30 BOS Shawn James
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    Very good report....Augustine sounds like a point guard with alotta potential. He wont give me a hard on like if we get mayo (no homo) but im in favor of pickin him (no homo?).

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    Minnesota is actually rumored to draft a big man, they're really the dumbest franchise in the NBA. NBA draft prospects don't want to go to Memphis too, so it looks like they may trade the pick. Mayo falling to the Knicks looks like a close possibility. If we don't get Mayo, Augustin is the best available.

    If we could somehow get both guys, our back court is set for a +15 years.

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    Originally Posted by metrocard
    Minnesota is actually rumored to draft a big man, they're really the dumbest franchise in the NBA. NBA draft prospects don't want to go to Memphis too, so it looks like they may trade the pick. Mayo falling to the Knicks looks like a close possibility. If we don't get Mayo, Augustin is the best available.

    If we could somehow get both guys, our back court is set for a +15 years.
    That would make me splooje all over my keyboard no homo. Kevin McFail is one of the worst gms ever, but i gotta say hes not isiah thomas status. Hes about one step away. I hate X-celtic players, f__k all them. Danny ainge is overrated. He traded last years #5, Wally (next year his contract expires), and delonte for an over the hill ray Allen. Ainge lost

    He got lucky that his idiot friend McFail hooked him up with garnett. With all that being said i wouldnt be suprised to see McFail make a stupid pick.

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    Default If Mayo isn't picked then get Augustine but Mayo is the main target

    yea I like Augustine since i saw him take over a game against someone i dont remeber but he took over in shooting passing and everything a point guard can do. I think Mayo has potential to be a fantastic player jsut becuase he has talent and has been labeled as the next lebron and with all that pressure still came through and scored 20 a game in USC. I think Mayo can handle NY because he's been pressured since high school chad ford reported. WHen he does bad he's blamed for losing the game and when he does good he's a hero reminds me about a player called A-Rod for the yanks. I think Mayo can handle NY and if he's there i'd take him over Augustine even though Augustine will be really good. Mayo will take over games by himself and the knicks need an offensive playmaker and he's 6'5...reports from draftexpress.com is that he wants to play PG in the NBA...Mayo and Crawford...pretty good back court offense. And he can shut down other guards defensively especially if he plays PG.

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    I've got one word to sum up Wednesday's predraft workout at the Trail Blazers' practice facility: Wow.

    Joe Alexander was impressive on Tuesday in displaying exceptional athleticism, leaping ability and raw potential. Russell Westbrook made a strong case to become a Blazer last week when he showed better-than expected shooting ability, versatility and athleticism. But I've been to every one of the Blazers' nine workouts thus far and no prospect has revealed a more polished, NBA-ready game than D.J. Augustin did today.
    ........
    But nonetheless, I left impressed with Augustin. And I doubt I was alone. Here's a snippet from a story that will appear in Thursday editions of The Oregonian:

    ... Augustin was equally, if not more, impressive than (Westbrook and Alexander).
    Toward the end of the workout, when the media was allowed to watch, Augustin displayed a polished, NBA-ready game that featured accurate shooting, smart play and natural ability to navigate through defenses -- particularly on pick-and-roll plays. He faced very little resistance in penetrating toward the basket and always seemed to find the open man, which often resulted in easy jump shots or layups.

    During a three-on-three half-court drill, Augustin once knifed through two perimeter defenders and dished a pretty no-look pass to a teammate for a wide-open layup. Moments later, during an almost mirror scenario, he sliced through the middle of two defenders, darted right, stepped back and swished a midrange jumper.
    Such displays were commonplace on Wednesday, when Augustin competed against five other prospects, including Oregon's Malik Hairston, Atlantic 10 Conference defensive player of the year Stanley Burrell of Xavier and guard Jason Rich, a four-year starter from Florida State. And even though McMillan values taller, more physical point guards, he discovered that Augustin could "hold his own" against bigger NBA guards.

    "I tried to put a physical guard, a quick guard and a big guard on him just to take a look at all that ... and he did a nice job of getting where he needed to be," McMillan said. "The one thing he has is the ability to handle the ball very well. Even though some of the guards were trying to pressure him and get to the ball, his ability to handle the ball forced them to have to back off. But also his ability to shoot the ball forced them to stay pretty close. He's a guy who can get where he needs to go on the basketball floor."

    Augustin also showed tremendous shooting ability, draining 37 of 50 shots (74 percent) -- including 26 of his first 30 attempts -- during a three-point shooting drill at the end of the workout.
    Augustin is the man at 6 if Mayo isn't there.

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    Originally Posted by metrocard
    Augustin is the man at 6 if Mayo isn't there.
    Very good report and i agree with you completely, its a no brainer to take DJ if OJ is not there. I will be happy with either to be perfectly honest.

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    He needs to work on his TOs

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    Originally Posted by metrocard
    Augustin is the man at 6 if Mayo isn't there.
    Originally Posted by NewEraKnicks
    Very good report and i agree with you completely, its a no brainer to take DJ if OJ is not there. I will be happy with either to be perfectly honest.
    c/s these 2 posts

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    Alright Metrocard you have proven your scouting capabilities once again. I'mma leave my trust on your draftee scouting reports, you over throw the table with some pretty immense evidence towards a potentially great player. Stats, numbers, videos, history, links and more? y que ma loco?

    Drop whatever job you are doing and go scout and influence trades for our team at once!

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    Default Augustin or Westbrook

    I would normally defer to Metro, but Augustin's size scares me. I believe he measured, without shoes, at just over 5'10."
    Westbrook is 6'3" and a great defender. I know that Chris Paul is not much taller than Augustin, but Paul is unique.

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    Originally Posted by Oldtimer
    I would normally defer to Metro, but Augustin's size scares me. I believe he measured, without shoes, at just over 5'10."
    Westbrook is 6'3" and a great defender. I know that Chris Paul is not much taller than Augustin, but Paul is unique.
    Shaun Livingston is a 6"7 PG...what he has he done so far in the NBA? He was drafted top 5 I believe.

    Size isn't a factor.

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    Augustine would be a great addition to our team cause he's a great point gaurd knows how to run a team and he could shoot the3 ball( has been compared to Steve Nash)

    but i would rather have Russell Westbrook because he caould also run a team although not as good as Augustine and he's the ultimate team player and not to metion he got the offensive skills once they develop; to become an elite player

    you draft players who are on there way up and Westbrook has the best upside in this draft and he's the best defender....once he comes in he'll be a top perimeter defender in the entire League..so just give him a year to develop his game better and with D'Antoni as his coach he'll turn him into a superstar

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    Originally Posted by metrocard
    Shaun Livingston is a 6"7 PG...what he has he done so far in the NBA? He was drafted top 5 I believe.

    Size isn't a factor.
    one name chris paul hes undersized and a demon!

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    Originally Posted by DaTPRiNCE
    Augustine would be a great addition to our team cause he's a great point gaurd knows how to run a team and he could shoot the3 ball( has been compared to Steve Nash)

    but i would rather have Russell Westbrook because he caould also run a team although not as good as Augustine and he's the ultimate team player and not to metion he got the offensive skills once they develop; to become an elite player

    you draft players who are on there way up and Westbrook has the best upside in this draft and he's the best defender....once he comes in he'll be a top perimeter defender in the entire League..so just give him a year to develop his game better and with D'Antoni as his coach he'll turn him into a superstar
    I don't understand how Westbrook has better upside because he's a better dunker. Augustin has mastered the PG position in the college level. Westbrook wasn't even the best PG on his team and is really a combo guard. Augustin is better at getting to the basket, similar to how Nash is better at getting to the basket than someone like Keyon Dooling.

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