Abdul GaddyHt/Wt: 6-3 / 195 lbs
2011 Draft Profile - Abdul GaddyI followed him in high school where he had a career worthy of a McDonalds all American nod among other accolades. Gaddy is a full yr young for his class, graduating high school shortly after turning 17, but he consistently shined on the court even as the competition level rose in national AAU games. He showed a very advanced skill level for a PG early in high school. He has ideal height and frame, he controls the tempo well, keeps his head up with the basketball and shows exceptional vision to find his teammates, and if you give him too much room he will sink the outside shot. In high school he put up big numbers in the flow of the game, even when he was one of the younger players on the floor. Unselfish, good attitude, and leadership skills.
He originally committed to Arizona before his jr season which shows you the level of prospect he was early on. When Lute Olson stepped down he reneged and landed at Washington. Gaddy appears to be more suited as a pg in a half court offense. He is a great distributor and good scorer from mid range and capable of hitting the three if you give it to him, but he is not going to take his man off the dribble much and finish at the goal. Gaddy had a very underwhelming freshman yr considering he was expected to be one of the Pac 10s best guards right away. Gaddy is not an explosive athlete and being that UW is an up tempo team with a guard in Isaiah Thomas who handles the ball often, Gaddy never seemed to get comfortable. Throughout the year he looked like a guy that was a year too young for college, which he was. His sophomore year got off to a better start until he tore his acl in practice.
It will be interesting to see where Gaddy goes from here. Many would have predicted in high school he would be a lock for the NBA lottery right now, but he needs to recover from a major injury and find his role in UWs system to get back on the radar. Surely it is an uphill battle and will test his character. Many are waiting for Gaddy to get healthy and regain his confidence, and show his natural abilities leading an offense as a distributor and scoring threat. Quickness will be sub par for his position at the next level, but when Gaddy is at his best he is a pg coaches and teammates love to have on their team.
Player profile submitted by: Tom Patterson
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