DeAndre Jordan was a high school phenom. He destroyed the competition with 26PPG, 16RPG, and 8 blocks pre game. No, that wasn't a misprint, 8 blocks per game. In one game he had 37 points and 20 blocks. As a freshman in college his coach used him sparingly, prefering to bring him along slowly. His stats and his minutes were not impressive, 8PPG, 6RPG in 20 minutes. Projected over 40 minutes it would be 16PPG, 12RPG, and 2 Blocks. He also posted a 62% shooting percentage, mostly dunks and shots close to the rim. His dunks were definite highlight reel stuff. He showed solid ability to play defense, block shots and get rebounds, but was somewhat limited offensively, much like Andrew Bynum was before Kareem Abdul Jabbar worked with him. He has Shaq's free throws skills.
Many NBA commentators were surprised that DeAndre did not decide to back to school for one more year. Even so, he was projected as a lottery pick in many mock drafts and was supposed to be gone by the middle of the first round. Had he stayed in school one more year, mock drafts for 2009 had his as a top 5 pick. Fox Sports, in their winners and loser article, stated that the Clippers were one of the biggest winners in last weeks draft. Not because of Eric Gordon, but because they were able to get DeAndre in the second round. He is a young project. But he is a 19 year old 7 footer, with a huge wingspan, off the charts athleticism, he is quick, and he can run the wing on the fast break. He has been compared to Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum. Will he turn into one of those players? His jouney begins in the NBA summer league as a member of the Clipper squad. This is one show we will not want to miss.