Over the past several years, the University of Southern California has produced its fair share of professional football players. Even more impressive, though, has been the rate at which USC has been turning out productive NBA players over the past few drafts. After the likes of Nikola Vucevic and Taj Gibson, DeWayne Dedmon is hoping to be the next young big man to make a name for himself out of the land of Trojans. After two seasons of averaging 7.1 ppg and 6.4 rpg, Dedmon is taking his talents from Southern Cal to the big leagues, where he’ll look to make an impact in whatever aspect he can.
|Height w/o Shoes||Height w/ Shoes||Weight (lbs)||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat (%)||Hand Reach||Hand Width|
|6′ 10″||6′ 11.5″||238.8||7′ 4″||9′ 1″||8.35||9″||11″|
|28″||32.5″||8 reps||3.4 sec||12.75 sec|
While his numbers aren’t the most eye opening, Dedmon’s per 36 numbers are very encouraging; Dedmon only averaged 22.3 minutes per contest last season, giving him averages of 10.8 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks per contest, had he been given the opportunity to play full contests. It also seems as though USC should’ve given Dedmon those opportunities, too; the big man shot 50% from the field and 68% from the free-throw line, a vast improvement over the 54% Dedmon made at the charity stripe in his freshman campaign. Another impressive factor about Dedmon’s game is his defense; while the 3.4 blocks per 36 minutes may seem overinflated to some, his actual average of 2.1 blocks per game have him ranked in the top 50 in the nation. This number seems even more impressive, considering the lack of time Dedmon spent on the court.
They say that an individual’s biggest strength can also be their biggest weakness, and the saying applies very well to Dedmon; while 2.1 blocks per game are nice, self control on the defensive end is even better. Dedmon, however, doesn’t have much, as he accumulated four fouls or more in 14 different contests throughout the regular season. In the three times Dedmon fouled out on the year, it took him no longer than 15 minutes in any of those contests to accomplish the feat. Another concern about Dedmon’s game was that he didn’t deliver as well on the offensive end of the floor this season. After averaging .55% from the field last year, that number dropped off to a respectable .50%. Still, for a big man in the middle, many of those looks at the basket should have been easy enough to finish, as a drop off of 5% in field-goal percentage suggests that Dedmon isn’t as a good a finisher if defenses start to key in on him being an actual weapon on the offensive end.
Dedmon has good size and potential, and could easily make a roster at the next level, yet the amount of court time he’ll see next year as a rookie could easily be swayed by his ability to avoid foul trouble. It’s hard for a young player in the NBA to establish themselves as a defensive post presence if they’re out of the game by the middle of the second quarter. Dedmon’s improvements from his freshman to sophomore year (free-throw percentage, bpg, apg, spg, rpg), though, suggest that he is willing to put in the work and improve his game.
late-first to mid-second round
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