* Big-time leaper
* Shot maker
* Good free throw shooter
* Doesn’t have great size for an NBA two guard
* Has to get stronger
* Can he defend at the NBA level?
Hurtt has turned up in some mock drafts as a second-round draft pick. He's the type of player who could come off the bench and provide a quick burst of offense with his NBA level leaping ability, 3-point stroke and stop-and-pop mid-range game.
Hurtt was chosen to the All-Conference USA first team after leading the league in scoring. He reached double-digit scoring in every game and scored 20 or more 16 games, including three games of 30 or more. His 82 three-pointers were fourth all-time at Tulsa.
20.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.7 tpg, 33.7 mpg, .417 FG, .368 3PT, .811 FT
Cool statistic: This season Hurtt was the first Tulsa player to average 20 points since Shea Seals (20.7 ppg) in 1996-97. His 608 points tied Ben Uzoh (2007-08) for the highest total since Seals scored 705 in 1996-97.
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What Insiders Say:
Tulsa assistant coach Jeremy Ballard
"He has NBA athleticism. He has NBA shot making ability. Are those two attributes good enough to overcome his lack of size? I’d like to think in the right situation that they would. I see teams play small twos all the time. He could be instant offense off the bench."
What Outsiders Say:
Memphis coach Josh Pastner
"Justin Hurtt could be the best player in the league."
Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
|Three-point field goals: 2007-08, 8-for-23 (.348); 2008-09, 55-for-141 (.390); 2009-10, 78-for-200 (.390); 2010-11, 86-for-234 (.368). Totals: 227-for-598 (.380).|