Sunday, December 21, 2008

In the Spotlight: Jonny Flynn

Jonny Flynn
Position: Point Guard
Ht: 6’0 Wt: 180
Hometown: Niagara Falls, NY
College: Syracuse
Class: Sophomore
Age: 10/28/89


  • Great combination of speed and bounce
  • Terrific with the ball in his hands… Once he gets the outlet pass, he’s off... Excels leading the break.
  • Extremely fast end to end – Does a great job changing speeds and turning it into high gear.
  • Composed floor general - Very poised demeanor
  • Good court vision; sees the floor well.
  • Despite being small in stature, he has good strength to fend off contact and finish in traffic
  • Has a toughness and swagger to his game… He really believes in himself
  • Above average 3-point shooter… Great elevation on his jump shot.
  • Plays major minutes and rarely appears tired throughout (*Syracuse plays zone D)
  • Active hands defensively


  • Relies heavily on taking 3’s and really favors straightaway… Needs to develop a mid-range game and expand his shot selection.
  • Listed at 6’0 – probably closer to 5’10
  • In some situations, he’d be better off passing the ball upcourt to create a transition opportunity…At times, he overdribbles, which prevents a fast break chance.
  • Can become more effective in the pick and roll by attacking the basket with greater consistency – as opposed to using the screen and settling for a jump shot.
  • Takes some tough, contested, low-percentage shots.


Jonny Flynn is a confident point guard that does a great job changing speeds and getting into the open court. He knows how to control the tempo of the game and he has NBA range on his jump shot. He’s also the leader of the Syracuse team, as you see his teammates rely on him to set the offense, as a true point guard should.

Now although he’s shown the ability to break down the defense, he relies too much on the deep 3 (straightaway). He’s also listed at 6’0 (translation 5’10), which will present challenges at the next level shooting over taller defenders and finishing around the rim. Luckily for Flynn, he can jump out of the gym, which helps to offset his small stature.

Defensively, Syracuse primarily plays in a zone, so it’s tough to gauge his on the ball defensive abilities. Flynn is very active in the zone and does a good job keeping his feet / hands moving and creating turnovers. He also has the foot speed and quickness to make you believe he can become an NBA level defensive player, but it’s still to be determined.

Overall, Flynn is an intriguing prospect with a lot of upside. He’s a tremendous athlete that should be able to step in and give a team productive minutes right away. At this point, I’d look real close at Flynn in the middle of the 1st round. With his much improved play thus far this season, he has a great opportunity to move up the draft boards.

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