* Great shooter with deep range
* Good size
* Release needs to be a bit quicker
* Needs to be able to consistently mix the drive with the jumper to keep defenders off balance
Diebler has one NBA level skill. If teams need a three-point shooting specialist, he could fill that role.
Diebler led the nation in three-point shooting and also set the Ohio State and Big Ten record for made three-pointers. The senior was chosen third-team All-Big Ten and to the Big Ten All-Tournament team.
12.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 0.9 tpg, 1.0 spg, 35.7 mpg, .507 FG, .502 3PT, .810 FT
Diebler holds the Big Ten record for career three-pointers with 374. A school-record 10 of those came in one game at Penn State. Diebler made 10-of-12 shots from behind the arc in that game, including nine in a row en route to a career-high 30 points. He followed that with a 27-point effort against Wisconsin where he made seven-of-eight 3-pointers. After missing his first three, he made his next seven.
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What Insiders Say:
Ohio State coach Thad Matta
"I've always had great faith in Jon. At times, I'm the only one who has, including himself. I watched his work ethic from the day he walked in here, and I can remember when things maybe didn't go well for him his freshman year. All he cared about was winning. I knew if he kept that mindset and continued to work at the same level, he was going to be the player he is today."
What Outsiders Say:
George Mason coach Jim Larranaga
"Thad Matta and his staff have put their team in position to take advantage of not only Sullinger, but Diebler, [by putting] them on the same side of the floor a lot. And Diebler becomes the post feeder. And it's hard to help off of him because he can bury the 3, and he shoots it at such a high rate that you really gotta limit his number of looks from 3 and Sullinger's touches in the post. Neither of which is very, very easy."
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery
"The thing that's really unique is how big he is. He's one of those guys you feel like you got to him, but he's 6-6 and long and he gets it off and shoots it right in your face. He really works hard, so when he gets to that spot, he sprints there. He works, he moves without the ball and makes himself hard to guard."
Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
|Three-point field goals: 2007-08, 48-for-166 (.289); 2008-09, 96-for-231 (.416); 2009-10, 116-for-276 (.420); 2010-11, 114-for-227 (.502). Totals: 374-for-900 (.416).|