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Sam Sessoms

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Strengths: He can play both the ‘scoring’ or ‘true’ point guard roles. Can shoot off the dribble from mid-range and the 3-point line, and attacks with both patience and aggression. As a ball-handler, he's always under control. Uses this trait to his advantage when making decisions in the pick-and-roll. Can thread the needle to his rolling big man with a bounce pass or use a quick burst to turn the corner and attack the rim. Using his nifty ball-handling skills, he can penetrate into the lane with both hands, where he tends draws fouls or finish with a lay-in. Has shifty stop-and-go move and can change paces when driving to the hoop. Uses his body as a shield between his defender and the ball when attacking. At 5-foot-10, he crashes the boards and rebounds well on both ends. Does a good job of pushing the ball while keeping his head up and surveying the court after a rebound. Blows by defenders while going end-to-end for a score or dishing to a teammate for an assist. Solid defender on the perimeter and has a knack for swiping at and knocking the ball loose from his man.

Weaknesses: He isn't overly athletic and has a smaller build. While he can seemingly get to the rim at will, expect him to get even better at finishing consistently. When he gets into the lane, he sometimes forces tough passes into the crowded paint area. His overall knowing of when and when not to throw certain passes will get better with more experience at the point. Decent shooter but can be streaky.

Overall: Sessoms is an up-and-coming point guard who has the potential to be one of the best in the area by time he reaches his junior and senior seasons. He puts his teammates first but isn't passive to the point where he doesn't try to get himself going on the offensive end. He's already a fearless attacker of the basket, but he'll become an even greater offensive threat when his jumper becomes more consistent. He looks the part of a Division I prospect and should only continue to get better from here.

Last update: July 20, 2015