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Gilbert Arenas out of Arizona
College: Arizona
Height: 6'-3"
Weight: 190
Class: Sophomore
Birth Date: January 6, 1982
Age: 39 years, 204 days old
HomeTown: Hollywood, CA
NBA Comparison: Cuttino Mobley Notes on Gilbert Arenas
Considered by many scouts to be the best pro prospect out of Arizona this season, and that's saying a lot considering the likes of Loren Woods and Richard Jefferson. The lightning quick 6-3 guard led Arizona in scoring at 16.2 per game and shot 48% from the field. In the final 21 games for Arizona, Arenas averaged 18.5 points and 58% shooting from the field. This followed up his freshman campaign where he put up 15.4 a night. Arenas is a terrific slasher and leaper. Also set an NCAA semifinal record for steals with 6 (all in the second half) of the Wildcats' Final Four victory over Michigan State. Before attending Arizona, the fun-loving sophomore guard dominated the high school ranks in California, three times being named to the All-Los Angeles City Team, using his slashing style to score at will against opponents.

Said Stanford guard Casey Jacobsen, "As soon as he gets a step on you and drives, you're done."

Strengths of Gilbert Arenas
Explosive first step. Cat-like quickness. Very fast and a terrific finisher around the hoop. When he's hot from the outside, he's smoking. Shot over 43% from college three-point territory this season. Strong work ethic.
Weaknesses of Gilbert Arenas
Streaky. Not an incredibly consistent shooter and has been criticized for taking ill-advised shots. Overconfident and viewed by some as immature. Shooting guards get bigger each year and at 6'3", Arenas might run in to size problems at the two.
Arenas on the Rockets?
The Rockets are blessed with a young and dangerous guard core of Cuttino Mobley and Steve Francis, while Shandon Anderson's future with the team is suspect. Though Arenas would be another explosive guard in the Rockets' arsenal, it's highly unlikely Houston will think backcourt in this draft.