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Former Griz star Anthony Johnson is pursuing his dream of playing in the NBA. He has signed with Raleigh, N.C.-based agent Jamie Knox. Here is how Knox sees Johnson's strengths and weaknesses:

"If you look at his percentage throughout his collegiate career there at Montana you can see that he's a very proficient 3-point shooter and also he shoots well from the field, so he's not a guy who is what people call a volume shooter, where he needs a lot of shots to score a lot of points; he's very efficient. That will bode well for him on the NBA level. If he goes there, he's not going to be a guy who gets the green light. He's going to be a guy who has to prove himself in limited opportunities. He has to be a guy like Vinnie Johnson - the Microwave at Detroit many years ago - who can score given 10 minutes or 15 min-utes a game. He also has a high basketball IQ, which bodes well for him. He's very crafty with the ball. He's not the quickest guy in the world, but he can get from Point A to Point B because he's crafty in what he does. He has excellent ballhandling skills. I think those things can transition well. Again, he's not the quickest guy in the world, but he has such a strong basketball IQ that those things will set him apart against those who may have a little more ability, but don't have what he has in terms of smarts.

"If he's an NBA point guard, he has to learn the position. He hasn't had a lot of time at the point guard position because he was asked to primarily be a scorer there. In the league, he will be asked to handle the ball, be a distributor, be a communicator out there on the court and be a leader, which I think he can. Even though he didn't play the point guard position, he was definitely the leader of that team, the guy that fueled them to get where they finished up this year, the NCAAs. Again, he's not the quickest guy in the world, but he offsets that because he has a 6-8 wing span, which is crazy for a guy his size. He has pretty good lateral quickness as well, so he can keep guys in front of him. Like I told him, if it doesn't happen for him now, I think he's a guy who can eventually break into the NBA because of his hard work and some skills that translate over to the league."

Knox and partner Matt Brown make up Strategic Sports. Brown's father Herb is an assis-tant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats. His uncle is Larry Brown, the much-traveled coach who is now the head man of the Charlotte Bobcats.

 

 

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