Friday, June 12, 2009

Sixers continue draft prep on Sunday

Lester Hudson (Tennessee-Martin), Stefon Jackson (Texas El-Paso), Eric Maynor (Virginia Commonwealth),

Jermaine Taylor (Central Florida), Jeff Teague (Wake Forest) and Greivis Vasquez (Maryland) will be at PCOM working out Sunday.

Lester Hudson

Position: Guard

Height/Weight: 6-3 / 190
Birthdate: August 7, 1984 (Memphis, Tenn.)
High School: Central HS (Memphis, Tenn.)
College: Tennessee-Martin

Career Highlights: Named Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year as a junior and senior. Also earned First Team All- Conference honors in both of his seasons at Tennessee-Martin, as well as twice being named Honorable Mention All- American by The Associated Press. Set an OVC single-season scoring record with 880 points in 2008-09. Finished with 1,727 points in two seasons, only two points shy of the four-year school record. Played first two seasons at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, Tenn. Sat out the 2006-07 season at Tennessee-Martin while establishing academic eligibility.

Senior (2008-09): Led the OVC and ranked second in the nation in scoring (27.5 ppg) behind Davidson’s Stephen Curry. Led the OVC in three categories (scoring, free throw percentage, steals), and ranked in the Top-5 in eight of the 13 statistical categories. Was the only NCAA Division-I player to score at least 20 points in every game through his first 26 games of the season. Was one of only 13 players in NCAA Division-I to average 5+ points, 4+ rebounds, 4+ assists and 2+ steals per game. Started in all 32 games, leading the team in scoring, rebounding, steals, blocks, minutes, field goals made, field goals attempted, three-point field goals made, three-point field goals attempted, three-point field goal percentage, free throws made, free throws attempted, and free throw percentage. Led the team in rebounding 21 times. Ranked 18th in the NCAA in three-point field goals made per game (3.2). Ranked 13th in the nation in free throw percentage (87.9). Was the 22nd ranked Division-I player in steals with 2.4 per game. Eclipsed the 30-point plateau 11 times, and scored 40+ points twice. Scored 41 points at Central Arkansas on 14-of-29 shooting on Dec. 31, then went off for a career-high 42 points on 15-of-24 shooting (8-of-13 from three-point range) against Tennessee Tech in the OVC Tournament quarterfinals.

Junior (2007-08):Led the OVC and ranked fifth in the nation in scoring (25.7 ppg). Also led the league in steals (2.9 spg ranked fourth nationally) and three-point field goals made per game (3.8, 10th), finished fifth in rebounding (7.8 rpg), sixth in assists (4.5 apg), second in free throw percentage (.834), and 13th in three-point field goal percentage (.388). Scored 30 or more points 12 times. Exploded for career-high 38 points and added nine rebounds and six assists vs. Tennessee State. Tallied 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists vs. SE Missouri State. Registered 35 points and 10 rebounds at Memphis in the season opener. Recorded 36 points, nine rebounds and six assists at Vanderbilt. Posted a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds at Mississippi State. Scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds at UNLV. Sank eight threepointers on his way to 36 points at Morehead State. Notched 31 points and eight rebounds at Austin Peay in the semifinals of the OVC Tournament.

Sophomore (2006-07): At SW Tennessee, averaged 17.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.4 steals. Helped lead team to a 24-5 record, a Region VII title, and an appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament. Earned First Team All-TJCCAA honors and was runner-up for conference Player of the Year. Named Most Valuable Player of the Region VII Tournament after scoring 22 points vs. Columbia State in the championship game. Ranks ninth all-time in school history in steals (131) and three-point field goals made (92).

Freshman (2004-05): Averaged 13.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals. Ranked second on the team in scoring, rebounding, and assists and led the team in steals and field goal percentage. Posted season-high 27 points vs.Volunteer State in the Region VII title game. Helped team to a 22-6 overall record. Earned All-TJCCAA Western Division honors and was named to the All-Region VII Tournament Team.

Strengths: Explosive, all-around scorer who can put points on the board in a hurry, especially from three-point range. Uses long arms and strength to play bigger than his listed height. Can switch over to the point guard slot and run an offense.

Personal: Majoring in university studies.

Stefon Jackson

Position: Guard/Forward

Height/Weight: 6-5 / 185
Birthdate: May 7, 1985 (Seattle))
High School: Lutheran Christian Academy
College: Texas-El Paso

Career Highlights: Named First Team All-Conference USA as a junior and a senior. Earned Second Team All-Conference honors as a sophomore. Is the all-time leading scorer in both Texas-El Paso and Conference USA history with 2,456 points. Also holds school records for career 20-point games with 63 and is second in 30-point efforts with 15.

Senior (2008-09): Ranked second in Conference USA in scoring (24.5 ppg) and fifth nationally. Scored 20 or more points 23 times and topped the 30-point mark in nine games. Scored a school record 44 points at Santa Clara. Became Conference USA’s all-time leading scorer vs. Southern Mississippi. Attempted 10+ free throws 20 times, including a 20-for-20 performance vs. Marshall. Led the NCAA in free throws made (312) and attempted (374). Had more FTM (312) than FGM (282). Averaged 27.7 ppg over the final 14 games.

Junior (2007-08): Led Conference USA and ranked seventh nationally in scoring (23.6 ppg). Set single season school records for free throws made (221) and attempted (303). Scored 20 or more points 23 times and topped the 30-point mark in five games. Exploded for a career-high 41 points and pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds vs. East Carolina, setting Conference USA records for free throws made (21) and attempted (27). Posted 36 points at New Mexico Sate. Tallied 33 points and a season-high seven assists vs. Southern Miss. Registered a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds at Houston. Notched 27 points at Texas A&M. Recorded 27 points and seven rebounds at Memphis. Made 17-for-21 from the free throw line on his way to 33 points vs. Wyoming on his way to MVP honors at the State Farm Sun Bowl Tournament. Scored 23 points vs. Houston in the quarterfinals of the C-USA Tournament.

Sophomore (2006-07): Led team in scoring (18.6 ppg, ranked third in C-USA) and rebounding (6.4 rpg, sixth). Scored 20 or more points 16 times. Registered five double-doubles. Posted season-high 33 points, shooting 16-for-18 from the free throw line, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out a career-high eight assists vs. Jackson State. Scored 21 points and pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds vs. Houston. Registered 25 points vs. New Mexico. Tallied 23 points, 12 rebounds and a season-high four steals vs. UC Davis. Notched a 19-point, 12-rebound double-double vs. Memphis.

Freshman (2005-06): Averaged 8.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 25.2 minutes a contest. Missed seven games with a broken jaw. Scored in double figures six times. Shot 7-for-11 from the field in scoring 14 points vs. Texas Southern. Tallied 12 points at Memphis. Contributed 10 points vs. UAB in the second round of the C-USA Tournament. Set season highs of 22 points, five assists and three blocked shots vs. Lipscomb in the first round of the postseason NIT.

Strengths: Excels in the mid-range game and possesses a refined pull-up jumper. Is extremely adept at drawing fouls and converting the resulting free throw opportunities.

Personal: Nickname is "DJ." Has two brothers and one sister.

Eric Maynor

Full Name: Eric Demarqua Maynor

Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 175
Birthdate: June 11, 1987 (Raeford, N.C.)
High School: Westover HS (Fayetteville, N.C.)
College: Virginia Commonwealth

Career Highlights: VCU’s all-time leader in points (1,953), assists (674), games played (130) and free throws made (503). Two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year.

Senior (2008-09): Named CAA Player of the Year and All-CAA First Team. Earned CAA Tournament MVP honors. Recorded 25 points, eight assists and two steals in CAA Championship game triumph over George Mason. Scored 21 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds in NCAA First Round loss to UCLA. NABC All-District 10 First Team selection. Became second player to lead CAA in both scoring (22.4 ppg) and assists (6.2 apg) in the same season. Topped 30 points in six games and 20 points in 23 contests. Scored a career-high 35 points at East Carolina.

Junior (2007-08):CAA Player of the Year and All-CAA First Team. Named to CAA All- Tournament Team. Started all 32 games for the Rams, averaging 34.8 minutes. Led squad and ranked second in CAA with 17.9 ppg. Led league and ranked 38th nationally with 5.5 apg. Shot .459 from the field and .394 from three-point range. Topped 20 points 13 times. Scored 22 points and dished out nine assists vs UAB in NIT. Scored season-high 30 points to go with seven assists at Bradley. Recorded 25 points, five assists and eight rebounds in BB&T Classic victory over Maryland. Scored 27 points vs. Miami.

Sophomore (2006-07): All-CAA First Team. Named CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Performer after leading VCU past George Mason in CAA Tournament Championship. Scored 22 points, including game-winning 15-footer with 1.8 seconds left in NCAA First Round victory over Duke. Averaged 18 points and eight assists in two NCAA Tourney contests. Played in all 35 games with 34 starts. Led CAA with 6.4 apg. Averaged 13.9 points and 4.2 rebounds. Set VCU single-season record with 224 assists.

Freshman (2005-06):Appeared in 29 games with four starts, including final three games of the season. Recorded 18 points and seven assists at William & Mary.

Strengths: True point guard with excellent vision, speed and quickness. Gets into the lane with ease and makes excellent shot/pass decisions. Competes at the defensive end. Solid leadership skills. Good free throw shooter.

Personal: Selected to 2007 U.S. Plan American Games team. Played 10 minutes over two games before being sidelined with a hip injury. Son of George Maynor and Barbara Johnson. Majored in interdisciplinary studies.

Jermaine Taylor

Full Name: Jermaine Taylor

Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 210
Birthdate: December 8, 1986 (Tavares, Fla.)
High School: Tavares HS (Tavares, Fla.)
College: Central Florida

Career Highlights: His 1,979 points rank third all-time at UCF and fourth on the C-USA career register. Averaged 16.2 points during career. Made a school-record 251 three-pointers.

Senior (2008-09): Named the Conference USA Player of the Year and earned All-C-USA First Team honors. Named All-District by the NABC and USBWA. Ranked third nationally in scoring (26.2 ppg). Set a C-USA single-season record by scoring 466 points and averaging 29.1 points against league opponents. Scored a school-record 812 points during his senior campaign. Led the Knights in scoring in 29 of 31 games. Shot .480 overall, .376 from deep and .812 at the free-throw line. Connected on 92 three-pointers, which ranked fourth on the school’s single-season chart. Led the team with 5.2 rpg. Also ranked first on the squad with 24 blocked shots. Was third on the team with 58 assists and second with 39 steals. Averaged 31.9 minutes. Scored at least 20 points in 24 of 31 games. Had nine 30-point performances and one 40-point contest. Earned C-USA Player of the Week honors on five occasions. Established a UCF Division 1 single-game record with 45 points vs. Rice.

Junior (2007-08):Named to the All-Conference USA Second Team. Ranked fourth in CUSA and 23rd nationally in scoring (20.8 ppg). Paced the Knights in scoring in 23 of the team’s 31 games. Registered 20-point performances on 20 occasions. Averaged 21.4 points in C-USA play. Connected on 79 three-pointers. Shot 36.7 percent from beyond the arc. Averaged 4.7 rebounds, good for second on the team.

Sophomore (2006-07): Ranked second on the team in scoring and 16th in Conference USA, averaging 12.7 points. Appeared in all 31 games as a reserve. Recorded double-figures in points on 19 occasions. Had six 20-point games and led UCF in scoring 12 times. Ranked fourth in C-USA, shooting .414 from 3-point range. Made 63 three-pointers. Shot .474 percent overall.

Freshman (2005-06): Appeared in all 29 games as a reserve. Averaged 4.3 points in 11.7 minutes per contest.

Strengths: Volume scorer who is always on the attack offensively. Uses strong body and quick first step to get by defenders. Absorbs contact and is able to finish. Shoots a respectable percentage from the college three-point line.

Personal: Son of Gwendolyn Taylor. Majored in interdisciplinary studies.

Jeff Teague

Full Name: Jeffrey Demarco Teague

Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 180
Birthdate: June 10, 1988 (Indianapolis) (La Jolla, Calif.)
High School: Pike HS (Indianapolis)
College: Wake Forest

An early entry candidate for the 2009 NBA Draft.

Career Highlights: Named Honorable Mention All-America by The Associated Press after his breakout sophomore season. Helped Wake Forest achieve No. 1 ranking during his sophomore year. Scored in double digits in his last 35 games of career. Finished sophomore season with exactly career 1,000 points.

Sophomore(2008-09): Averaged 18.8 points to lead Wake Forest and was named as an All-American by several publications. Made the All-ACC Second Team. Led Wake in assists (110), steals (58), three-point percentage (44.1), and free throw percentage (81.7). Finished with 12 games of 20 points or more and scored in double figures in every game. Led team in scoring 17 times and assists in 15 games. Had 31 points and five steals against UNC Wilmington. Just missed a triple-double with 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists against Baylor. Scored 27 points and dished out eight assists against Boston College. Had 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting against Duke. Had 10 points and five assists against Cleveland State in NCAA Tournament.

Freshman(2007-08): Average 13.9 points and was named to the ACC All-Freshmen Team. Was named ACC Rookie of the Week on four occasions. Led team with 55 steals for an average of 1.8 per game. Ranked second on team with 74 total assists. Scored 20 or more points in six games and led team in scoring in 10 games. Had six steals against Air Force. Scored 18 points and added six assists against Florida State. Scored 25 points against Virginia Tech. Had a season-high seven rebounds against NC State. Scored 26 points and was 3-for-3 from three-point range against Duke.

Strengths: Tremendous speed and bounce for a point guard. Adept at creating his own shot, taking advantage of his quickness. Excels in transition, always putting pressure on the defense. Plays with energy and confidence.

Personal: Father played college basketball at Missouri and Boston University, playing under Rick Pitino at Boston. Majoring in religion.

Greivis Vasquez

Full Name: Greivis Vasquez Josue Rodriguez

Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 190
Birthdate: January 16, 1987 (Caracas, Venezuela)
High School: Montrose Christian HS (Rockville, Md.)
College: Maryland

An early entry candidate for the 2009 NBA Draft.

Career Highlights: Was named Second Team All-ACC after both his sophomore and junior seasons. Led Maryland in points, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes during his junior season, becoming the first player in school history to do so and only the sixth in ACC history. Ended career with 1,524 points, 16th on Maryland’s all-time list.

Junior (2008-09): Averaged 17.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.40 steals and 34.6 minutes, leading his team in every category. Was named All-ACC Second Team. Had Maryland’s first triple-double since 1987, when he had 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against eventual national champion North Carolina. Scored 27 points and grabbed five rebounds in NCAA first-round win over California. Scored 18 points and dished out five assists in a second-round loss in the NCAA Tournament to Memphis. Finished seventh in the ACC in scoring and third in free throw percentage (.867). His 613 points for the season were the 14th best single-season total in school history. Scored in double figures in the last 17 games of the season. Made 35 straight free throws at one point. Had 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists against Vermont. Scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against George Washington. Had 11 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists against Miami.

Sophomore (2007-08):Averaged 17.0 points and 6.8 assists, leading the ACC in assists. Was named to the All-ACC Second Team. Had 25 points and seven assists against Duke. Tied a school record with 15 assists against N.C. State. Also scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds against the Wolfpack. Had 24 points and eight assists against Wake Forest. Scored 12 points and had 11 assists against North Carolina. Scored 28 points vs. American. Had a double-double against MorganState with 17 points and 11 assists.

Freshman (2006-07): Averaged 9.8 points, 4.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds and was named Honorable Mention All-ACC, and to the ACC All-Freshmen team. Scored in double figures in 19 games. Had 13 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds against Duke. Dished out 11 assists against Clemson.

Strengths: Nice size for the point guard position. Creative scorer, who can get into the lane and finish. Sees the floor well. Has a good overall feel for the game and plays with supreme confidence.

Personal: Played in high school with Kevin Durant. Majored in American Studies.

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