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Danny Duffey

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Scouting Report

Strengths: Duffey is the definition of a true point guard. He has a high basketball IQ and makes his teammates better. Demonstrates good communication, awareness, and court vision when running the offense. Can dictate the pace of a game (can play at a fast or slow pace). Really smooth/quick handle that gets him anywhere he wants on the court and has a nice low crossover that helps him create space. Can handle the ball under pressure. Makes smart plays and the correct passes. His crafty dribble coupled with a quick first step that allows him to penetrate and break down his defender off the dribble. Likes to drive into the paint and create scoring opportunities for himself or his teammates. Dangerous pull-up jumper at the foul line/in the paint. Has demonstrated good leadership qualities. Very tough player overall who shows great hustle, which invigorates his teammates. Has a knack for playing intense on-ball defense and doesn't mind making the hustle plays, such as diving for loose balls or taking charges. Plays good defense off the ball as well. Jumps into passing lanes and rotates to help defend. Can stay in front of his man and cause turnovers. He's a confident defender. Makes a good impact on the boards for his size.

Weaknesses: Can stroke it from the 3-point line but needs show more consistency. Plays great pressure defense but sometimes ends up in foul trouble because he's caught reaching on defense. At 5-foot-10, he may not have the size or athleticism to challenge taller, stronger, and more athletic point guards.

Overall: Duffey has all the qualities and skills that a small-college coach would want in his point guard. He's extremely smart with the ball and always seems to make the right basketball play. He's a pass-first point guard but can also fill up the scoring column, as he’s known to have had a few big scoring games throughout his career. The rising senior displays really good court vision both on the fast break and in the half court. On defense, he brings intensity, aggression, and can be counted on to cause disruption and and  turnovers. Right now, Duffey would thrive at the Division III level but may wind up at a Division II school with a big senior season.