Chris Colvin

RCSI: 83 (2009)
Height: 6'3" (191 cm)
Weight: 195 lbs (88 kg)
Position: G
High School: Whitney M. Young Magnet High School (Illinois)
Hometown: Chicago, IL
College: Arizona St
Current Team: Iowa St
Win - Loss: 5 - 2


HoopHall Classic Scouting Reports, Part Three

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Scott Nadler
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Joseph Treutlein
Joseph Treutlein
Jan 23, 2009, 06:48 pm
Chris Colvin (unranked Scout, #92 Rivals, unranked ESPN) had an up-and-down game here, at times showing off his great physical tools and well-developed skill set, while in others making poor decisions with the ball, leading to his 5 turnovers on the game. In addition to that, he poured in 18 points on 5-for-10 shooting (7-for-8 from the line), while also dishing out 3 assists and making 3 steals.

Whether he plays point guard or shooting guard, Colvin looks to be a very good pickup for Iowa State. At 6'3 with decent length and a solid frame, he'd have excellent size at the point, while he's also a very good athlete. While his team here had multiple ball-handlers, Colvin played the most like a point guard, and showed flashes of the ability to run a team full-time, bringing the ball up the floor, probing the defense, making smart passes, driving-and-kicking, and pushing the ball ahead in transition. He made quite a few good passes for open shots that weren't converted, making his 3 assists on the game slightly misleading.

On the down side, Colvin had a few bad stretches where he'd try and force the issue on drives with ill-advised spin moves, trying to take the game over for his team when the opposition built a lead. His decision-making was errant at times and he has somewhat of a score-first mentality, making you wonder if he can handle a full-time point guard role.

Looking at his skills, Colvin has a nice set for a high school senior, having an advanced dribble-drive game that incorporates crossovers, behind-the-back dribbles, spin moves, hop steps, changes of speed, and changes of direction. In the lane, he shows good ability to adjust with good body control along with an ability to pull up or go to the basket. He has a lot of confidence in his abilities, taking shots with a hand in his face and showing no hesitation to drive into a crowd, sometimes to his detriment.

Defensively, Colvin has very good tools and was a ball hawk here, pulling in 3 steals and making one very athletic block in transition on an opposing forward. His man-to-man defense was also aggressive with a solid stance.

Looking forward, Colvin has the chance to make a strong impact on Iowa State in the early going, and his long-term potential is considerable if he can make a full transition to the point guard position. He needs to work on his decision-making skills and point guard mentality the most, while adding a bit more strength to his frame wouldn't hurt either.

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