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Dewayne Dedmon

  • Full Name: Dewayne Dedmon
  • Position: Center
  • Height/Weight: 7-0 / 239
  • Birthdate: August 12, 1989
  • College: Southern California
 

Strengths
- Legit size
- Good athlete
- Good shot blocker
- Decent touch
- Can make free throws

Weaknesses
- Limited low-post offensive game
- Still learning the game
- Has been injury prone

NBA projection
Dedmon’s name hasn’t turned up in mock drafts, but NBA executives liked him well enough to have extended an invitation to the Chicago Pre-Draft combine. Dedmon, as the old coach’s line goes, has one thing you can’t teach, and that’s legit center size. And he’s a good athlete on top of that. He didn’t play organized basketball until after high school, so he’s as raw as they come, but players with Dedmon’s size and athleticism aren’t hanging out on every street corner. For that reason a team with a second-round pick to burn might take a chance.

2012-13 Season
Dedmon finished third in the Pac-12 in blocked shots and 10th in rebounding a year after an injury-plagued 2011-12 season that saw him deal with broken hand, a stress reaction in a foot and an MCL tear. The 2012-13 season was only Dedmon’s second full season of basketball. He started his career in junior college and played a year there, but he never played high school basketball.

Key statistics
6.7 ppg | 7.0 rpg | 1.5 tpg | 1.1 spg | 2.1 bpg | 22.3 mpg | .500 FG | .667 FT

Cool statistic
Dedmon’s average of 12.1 rebounds per 40 minutes ranked 11th among power conference players.

Reminds me of...
Bernard James

What Insiders Say
USC center Dewayne Dedmon
"It's just my time to chase my dream and go to the NBA. I had a great time at USC and it was a good experience. I had some ups and downs and learned a lot and believe it is best for me to turn professional at this time.”

What Outsiders Say
Former USC coach Kevin O’Neill
“He’s much improved. He’s going to be a first-round pick; I just don’t know when. He just needs experience.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.