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Phil Pressey

  • Full Name: Phil Pressey
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-0 / 177
  • Birthdate: February 17, 1991
  • College: Missouri
 

Strengths
-- Gutsy, imaginative passer
-- Good handle
-- Quickness

Weaknesses
-- Size
-- Has to be a better finisher around the rim
-- Jump shot has to be more consistent
-- Has to tighten up decision-making

NBA projection
Draft analysts list Pressey in the second-round-to-undrafted category. But good playmakers aren’t standing around on every street corner, so he’ll have a chance. Pressey has the speed to compete in the NBA, and he’s a creative passer with great floor vision.

2012-13 Season
Pressey helped lead Missouri to its third straight NCAA tournament appearance during his time there. In just three seasons he became the program’s all-time leader in career assists (580). He did so on the strength of handing out a single-season record 240 assists this season, fourth in Southeastern Conference history behind Ole Miss’ Sean Tuohy (260), Kentucky’s John Wall (241) and Alabama’s Terry Coner (241).

Key statistics
11.9 ppg | 3.3 rpg | 7.0 apg | 3.5 tpg | 1.8 spg | 33.9 mpg | .376 FG | .324 3PT | .735 FT

Cool statistic
Pressey’s 19 assists against UCLA were the most in college basketball this season and tied a Southeastern Conference record in Missouri’s first season in the league.

Reminds me of...
Nate Robinson

What Insiders Say
Missouri assistant coach Dave Leitao
“He’s got an extremely unique ability to see, not only things that others can’t see, but see them in a millisecond—on the fly going 100 miles an hour on the fast break, or coming from a pick and roll in the half court.”

What Outsiders Say
Illinois coach John Groce
“He reminds me a lot, with his tendencies, his vision, of the kid that I coached at Ohio, [D.J.]Cooper. He can put balls on time, on target, and you watch him on film, and you’re like, ‘how did he see that?’ He’s got great vision.”

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