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Gerald Wallace out of Alabama
College: Alabama
Height: 6'-7"
Weight: 210
Class: Freshman
Birth Date: July 23, 1982
Age: 38 years, 67 days old
HomeTown: Childersburg, AL
NBA Comparison: Dominique Wilkens Notes on Gerald Wallace
There are leapers and there are leapers! Gerald Wallace is in the latter category. He won about every possible award as a high school senior and nearly bolted for the NBA before his mom talked him into going to school at least for one year. At Alabama, he primarily came off the bench, putting up 9.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. The kid is a human highlight film waiting to happen and has very special athletic skills. Interestingly, Wallace is keeping his options open by declaring for the draft but not hiring an agent leaving him eligible to return to 'Bama if he doesn't go where he wants. He has been projected as high as a lottery pick and as low as the bottom of the first round.
Strengths of Gerald Wallace
As mentioned, he can jump through the roof. Like Vince Carter, he's got serious hops. He can run the floor and always works hard at both ends. He is dedicated to his game and has a bit of a gym rat streak in him. Wallace has special athletic gifts reserved for only a few and he was smart enough to hedge his bets in the draft by not hiring an agent.
Weaknesses of Gerald Wallace
Wallace is plagued by a problem not uncommon to young talented athletes: his game is much flash and little substance. Shot poorly -- just 17% from three-ball. Despite his athleticism, he has very little shooting range and his ballhandling skills still leave something to be desired. He could really use another year in college.
Wallace on the Rockets?
Some have speculated that Wallace could be on the Rockets' draft board if he is available at the bottom of the first round. His unreal athleticism and small forward frame could make for some sick fast breaks with Francis and Mobley. But, Wallace is a project who will need some time and it isn't like Rudy T and Co. to take an underclassman that needs this much work especially one who needs work on his outside shot in the first year of the zone defense. He is exciting, though, and does fit need areas. Don't expect to see the Rockets go after him early however.