Andy RautinsHt/Wt: 6-4 / 195 lbs
2010 Draft Profile - Andy RautinsSTRENGTHS: It has been a pretty successful run for Andy since he was never considered a top 200 prospect amongst high school scouts before committing to Syracuse following in his father's footsteps. Over the course of his four years at Syracuse I could see the growth of a slender kid that could shoot the lights out initially and how he has matured into one of the most mature and well rounded guards in the country. At 6'5" and 190 pounds Andy has become very adept at playing point guard as well as the two spot dependent upon the game needs of the Orange versus their opponent. Although Wes Johnson may be the best player on the Syracuse Orange; its undoubtedly Andy Rautins leadership that has placed the Orange in a position to garner a #1 seed in the upcoming NCAA March Madness Tournament. Whatever Syracuse may need he unselfishly delivers. Andy numbers may seem to be inconsequential averaging 10 pts and 5 assists per game but his overall steady play has guided the Orange to a top five ranking in the nation. He can stroke it from 25-30 feet, almost 77% shooter from the stripe and passes the rock extremely well in the half court and in transition. Andy clearly understands that Syracuse's strength is inside outside out and feeds the post as well if not better than any guard in college. Andy also has deceptive quickness and is unafraid to mix it up defensively with the best guards in and out of conference play over the last two years as a starter for the Cuse.
WEAKNESSES: Needs to work on creating his own shot which he will have to do at the next level if he is to have some success. Andy could also use some upper body bulk if he's designated to play at the two spot in the Association. May also focus on his endurance and foot work necessary to compete defensively against bigger and faster two guards in the NBA.
NBA OUTLOOK: I see Andy as a successful point guard in the NBA akin to Steve Blake in Portland. Obviously he'll be a bench and role player initially to wet his feet but he can get out and finish in transition while opponents would have to respect his jumper and passing ability in a half court offense. Some NBA Scouts have Andy projected as a mid to late second round choice. Look for Andy to get an opportunity and stick on someone's NBA squad-Knicks are you listening?
Player profile submitted by: Bruce C. Jett
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