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Jason Maxiell is clearly the Bearcats? most accomplished veteran front line player and one of the team?s most complete players. He possesses the combination of size and strength, plus a drive to win. Maxiell?s armspan combined with his leaping ability enable him to play much taller than his 6-7 height and he is explosive around the basket.

2004-05 SEASON:
? Second team All-Conference USA selection for the second straight year.
? His ability to block or change opponents shots around the basket a major factor in helping UC rank among the nation?s Top 5 leaders in field goal percentage defense and blocked shots this season.
? Named to the NABC All-District 10 first team for the second straight season.
? Led C-USA in blocked shots (2.8 ), and ranked No. 18 nationally.
? Played in 129 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in UC history and started the last 77 contests.
? No. 11 on UC?s career scoring list with 1,566 points, 13th on the C-USA list.
? Ranks second on the UC career blocks list with 252, No. 4 on the C-USA list.
? Averaged 17.3 points in UC?s three postseason games, shooting .607.
? His 91 blocks is the second-highest UC single season total.
? Tallied 22 points, nine rebounds and six blocks in the NCAA Tournament opening round win over Iowa (3/17/05), going 8-of-11 from the field.
? Posted his eighth double-double of the season and 22nd of his career with 21 points and 12 rebounds in the C-USA Tournament vs. USF (3/10/05).
? Scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win over UAB (2/19/05).
? Recorded a career-high eight blocks to go with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Houston (1/29/05).
? Led second-half scoring effort in win over Charlotte (1/19/05), finishing with 23 points, 21 coming in the second half.
? Scored a career-high 30 points and had seven blocks vs. Longwood (12/30/04).
? Tied his career high with 15 rebounds and had 21 points and five blocks vs. Northern Iowa (11/24/04); his steal and dunk in the second overtime sealing the win.
? Was named to the watch lists for the Naismith and John Wooden national Player of the Year awards and was a first team preseason all-Conference USA selection.
? One of 30 seniors in the nation to be nominated for the Senior CLASS Award


June 28th, 2005, 10:39 pm
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7'4" wing span.

He looks like a solid Piston. McDyess played all year, but he could be done any given possession. Against certain teams he could spell Prince and give us a vaunted defensive front. Apprenticing under Ben is great for him and maximize his development. Playing in a pro defense with shifts and double teams adds to his value.

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June 28th, 2005, 10:47 pm
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I love the pick. The guy is being compared as a "mini-Ben."

Nobody at the camps were able to guard Maxiell when he was posting up. The guy is strong, built like a horse, attacks the glass relentlessly, goes for blocks all the time (which can be bad), and has a 7'3'' wingspan (from what I've heard).

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Strengths: Freakish leaping ability and physical strength allow him to play much bigger than his listed height. Runs the floor exceptionally well for a player his size.


June 28th, 2005, 10:50 pm
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sounds like a piston to me
This pick will help our already formidable front court


June 29th, 2005, 12:00 am
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:? he is still only 6'7 and dubbing anyone "Mini"-someone is certain failure in the NBA :lol:

What is good is this guy love's to post up with his back to the basket. He is someone that can come in provide defense and a post presense...maybe an extra 5-10 points that could have made the difference in the last game :cry:

IMO this is a Corliss replacement to deepen our options on the bench but unlike Corliss this guy is a hardnose defender as well. Adds great depth to the bench and is another matchup guy that we can toss at people...damn another shot blocker lol. Ben, Sheed, Tay, Lindsay and now this guy will be dubbed the Swat Team lol.

Ok..enough cornbread...one big issue...the Pacers got a huge steal in Danny Granger :cry: With the return of Artest and now Granger they will pose a huge threat in the East. The good thing is no more Mr.Clutch Miller. And IMO our defense is great EXCEPT vers the 3 point. We need to be more agreesive versus the 3.

I was hoping Hakim Warrick would drop as well or that we would make a move to get him...I think he is going to be pretty damn awsome too. Who knows...I just do not have a ton of faith in Joe's drafting until proven otherwise.

"26. Det - Amir Johnson, SF: The Pistons got a steal in Johnson, a 6-10 forward from Westchester High in L.A. whom they at least considered taking in the first round. Instead, Detroit picked the University of Louisville signee at 56th overall. Nice. - 11:34 pm EDT "

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June 29th, 2005, 9:27 am
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This kid is intriguing though :D

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Amir Johnson Draft Capsule

June 28, 2005

VITALS: 6-9, 210, Westchester HS (California)

OVERVIEW: Named 2005 Mr. Basketball in California, averaging 21 points, 15 rebounds and 8.0 blocks. He led Westchester to a state championship and a top-five national ranking as a senior. Johnson, who was ineligible as a freshman and didn't play as a junior, originally committed to Louisville.


LIKELY DRAFT POSITION: Second round.

COMPARATIVE UPSIDE: Stromile Swift

COMPARATIVE DOWNSIDE: Roy Rogers

ROLE PROJECTION: Athletic forward.

POSITIVES: Johnson is the prototype long, agile, athletic forward who seems to populate the NBA these days. Johnson runs the court like a small forward, yet has the size to eventually play power forward. He plays within himself on offense, meaning he doesn't venture past his comfortable shooting range of about 15 feet.

SHORTCOMINGS: Johnson would probably dominate in the college ranks right now but is a long way from finding a position at the NBA level. He doesn't have the game savvy to defend against tricky NBA small forwards and lacks the bulk to bang down low against bigger bodies. He may find a seat on an NBA bench or a ticket to the NBDL.

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June 29th, 2005, 9:36 am
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It looks like Detroit is trying to corner the market on athletic guys with long wing spans :lol: . But seriously, Maxiell looks to be a player. I still would have liked us to get a shooter or a guy who can make his own shot. I think the Piston's are still holding out on Delfino coming around.

Anyone else notice that the highschool kid Johnson averaged 8 blocks a game! With him and Maxiell joining Ben, Tay, Dice, and Sheed, we should shatter any records for blocks in a season by a team.

Does anyone have any info on our last pick, Alex Acker from Pepperdine?

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June 29th, 2005, 9:54 am
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here's what I found :lol:

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Alex Acker, SG: And with the last pick of the draft, Detroit takes someone named Alex Acker. The pick draws hoots, cheers and "Who?" from the remaining fans.

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June 29th, 2005, 9:56 am
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I found this on MSNBC.com -

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I thought the Pistons were tough enough, but adding Jason Maxiell gives them even more muscle and grit. No jump shot, but he has every other intangible to make up for it. He just screams Get Outta of My Face. He won?t do anything to upset the Detroit chemistry.

Sounds good to me, but I agree, we need a shooter.

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June 29th, 2005, 10:10 am
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Here's some more info I found on MSNBC.com -

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Jason Maxiell

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Cincinnati PF 6-7 250 Detroit 1/26
Maxiell's solid senior year -- 15.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game, all career highs -- only improved his status as a tough presence down low. His brute strength is unquestioned, but he will have to show that he can hit the jumper; his range is limited to the 10-12 feet, especially since he'll play small forward. Maxiell has exceptional athletic ability for his size, a nice wingspan and is an above-average defender at any level. If he can excel at the Chicago pre-draft camp, Maxiell's stock could climb into the mid-second round range.
Does that mean we reached for him???

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Amir Johnson

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Westchester H.S. (Calif.) SF 6-10 220 Detroit 2/56
Was California's Mr. Basketball and has committed to Louisville. Averaged 21.0 points, 15.0 rebounds and 8.0 blocks as a high school senior. Runs well and has good footwork for his size, but is seen as a project.


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Alex Acker

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Pepperdine SG 6-5 195 Detroit 2/60
Was an All-West Coact Conference performer as a junior, after averaging 16.6 points last year. He's a versatile guard who can play the point, off-guard and some small forward, though he's a bit undersized for that. Also a good rebounder for a guard, but big-time experience and athletic ability will be the biggest questions.
I guess these 2nd rounders are going to be spending time in the D league

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1 26 Jason Maxiell PF Cincinnati

2 56 Amir Johnson SF Westchester H.S. (Calif.)

2 60 Alex Acker SG Pepperdine

The Detroit Pistons, whose short bench was an issue throughout the NBA playoffs, tried to deepen it with the selection of Cincinnati forward Jason Maxiell with the 26th pick in the draft.
After winning the 2004 NBA title, the Pistons traded reserve forward Corliss Williamson, whose post offense they missed this season as they came up one win short of repeating as champions.
The 6-7, 260-pound Maxiell is built in the mold of Williamson and could eventually command double-teams in the low post. He has the wingspan of a 7-footer that helps offset his lack of height.
One of the top defensive players in the nation, Maxiell led Conference USA in blocks with 2.8 per game and finished his collegiate career fourth in the league history with 252.
Maxiell, who did not miss a game in his four-year career at Cincinnati, finished 11th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,566 points.

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I love this kid; I'm comparing him too Big Nasty. (Corliss Williamson) and we missed big nasty desperately last year...

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Alex Acker

COLLEGE POS. HT. WT. PICKED BY ROUND/OVERALL

Pepperdine SG 6-5 195 Detroit 2/60
Was an All-West Coact Conference performer as a junior, after averaging 16.6 points last year. He's a versatile guard who can play the point, off-guard and some small forward, though he's a bit undersized for that. Also a good rebounder for a guard, but big-time experience and athletic ability will be the biggest questions


But can he SHOOT? That is what I want to know. I wanted Francisco Garcia, but he went 23rd. I thought we would look at at Salim Stoudemire from Arizona since he was still available. That guy can shoot the lights out. But a lot of teams questioned his character, which would certainly turn off Dumars from drafting him.

I would expect Dumars to pick 1 or 2 undrafted players to take a look at them. Most likely Alan Anderson from MSU. He is really high on this guy.

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June 29th, 2005, 11:06 am
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OMG... I was screaming when we picked Maxiell... I was so excited. He really impressed me in the tournament, where I watched him play. The man can play defense. I thought he'd be a second round target, but neverless, I was so excited when we drafted him.


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Here's a little more on Makiell -

http://www.newsrecord.org/media/paper693/news/2005/03/14/MarchMadnessSpecialIssue/Jason.Maxiell.the.Quiet.Monster-893485.shtml?page=1

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June 29th, 2005, 3:46 pm
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I liked the Maxiell pick as well, whether they reached for him or not.

As far as a scorer goes, they're possibly looking at Rose or Finlay to add to the bench to improve their long range play. WDFN had a big discussion (Shepp and Killer Kowalski) this morning about if Maxiell is a good pick or they should have went with a guy like Salim Stoudamire. I like Salim, but he's far from that Piston attitude. Maxiell sure sounds like the complete package minus about 3 inches.


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