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Prospect Profile

Damian Saunders

  • Full Name: Damian Saunders
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-7 / 210
  • Birthdate: November 1, 1988
  • College: Duquesne

Strengths:

  * Versatile game; legit stat sheet stuffer
  * Can impact games with his defense
  * High-energy motor
  * Good rebounder
  * Good passer in tight spaces

Weaknesses:

  * Has to become more consistent with the jump shot
  * Free throw shooting needs work
 

NBA projection:
Early second-round pick who could make a roster on his defense alone. Guarded all five positions in college.

2010-11 Season:
Saunders was voted the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. Finished his career as Duquesne record holder in games (127), starts (116), steals, blocks and dunks (166). Finished 11th all-time on the school's scoring list (1,511) and third in rebounds (1,019). School's all-time leader in blocked shots and steals.

Key statistics:
12.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.7 tpg, 2.3 spg, 2.7 bpg, 34.0 mpg, .490 FG, .357 3PT, .523 FT

Cool statistic:
Saunders is the only player in NCAA history to rack up more than 250 blocked shots, steals and assists in his career. … Finished his career with more assists (281), steals (277) and blocks (300) than turnovers (251).

Reminds me of:
Calbert Cheaney for his ability to change ends of the floor quickly

What Insiders Say:
Duquesne coach Ron Everhart
"There's not a team in the NBA that he can't help with his defense. He plays hard and he defends, and because of that alone, he'll have a place somewhere. But he's also a very good offensive player who scored a ton of points for us."

What Outsiders Say:
Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon
"Saunders is an interesting matchup. He's a guy who can play on the perimeter, but he's their biggest guy on the floor."

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

 

Duquesne
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2007-08 30 22.3 78 162 .481 16 38 .421 5.2 1.6 1.5 1.3 196 6.5
2008-09 34 34.6 179 328 .546 50 98 .510 7.6 2.3 2.1 2.4 445 13.1
2009-10 32 36.7 193 390 .495 75 155 .484 11.3 2.4 2.8 2.9 479 15.0
2010-11 31 34.0 149 304 .490 68 130 .523 7.9 2.5 2.3 2.7 391 12.6
Totals 127 32.1 600 1184 .507 209 421 .496 8.0 2.2 2.2 2.4 1511 11.9
Three-point field goals: 2007-08, 24-for-69 (.348); 2008-09, 37-for-108 (.343); 2009-10, 18-for-95 (.189); 2010-11, 25-for-70 (.357). Totals: 104-for-342 (.304).

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