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School: Long Beach State
Vitals: 5'10", 177 lbs.
2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists
UPDATE: Casper Ware will play with the Detroit Pistons during Summer League.
If you're looking for this year's Isaiah Thomas, look no further than Casper Ware, the diminutive point guard from Long Beach State.
If Ware was, say, four inches taller, we might be talking about him as a lottery pick. His game is that good. Unfortunately, he's only 5'10" with his shoes on.
Ware is athletic enough to dunk on a fast break, even if he's never going to throw down when a defender is contesting the shot. He doesn't need to though. The point guard is ridiculously fast, quick and capable of blowing by anyone and everyone in his path when he needs to.
Although he struggles around the basket, Ware can light it up from long range, and his shot extends well beyond the NBA three-point line. His mid-range game is fantastic, and his dribbling allows him to create a shot almost whenever he wants it.
His lack of size will be problematic at the next level, but Ware is a great defender with quick hands and his even quicker feet.
Between his perimeter defense, his scoring ability and his knack for creating shots, Ware needs to be drafted. It's just tough to get past his lack of inches.