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Slowing down UCSB's Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally

This is Orlando Johnson dunking on some poor soul during a summer league game. A word of warning to Martin Breunig, who seems to be on receiving end of such "posterizations," watch out if you see Johnson steamrolling down the lane.

How good is Johnson? Well, Lorenzo Romar coached him at the World University Games this season.

"He's strong. Athletic," Romar said. "He's really good. He's definitely a bonefide NBA prospect. He can shoot the ball outside. He's a tough cover, no doubt about that."

At 6-5, 210 pounds, Johnson is strong, he can shoot and he will get to the basket. He is one of more the complete guards the Huskies will face this season.

So who guards him? Is it Terrence Ross? Is it CJ Wilcox? Those two have been Washington's most consistent defenders. Tony Wroten has the athleticism, size and strength, but he just doesn't have the defensive experience or knowledge to be completely effective. UW doesn't have a Justin Holiday-type defender. Ross and Wilcox have been the closest thing.

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ESPN rates him as a second-round draft pick .... here's part of their scouting report

ProjectionSecond Round Pick/Undrafted
Positives
  • Big-time scorer
  • NBA body
  • Good shooter with 3-pt range
  • Strong penetrator
  • Good rebounder for a guard
  • Good motor
Negatives
  • Questionable shot selection
  • Lacks one elite skill

As if stopping Johnson isn't enough, his sidekick James Nunnally is also a handful. Nunally is 6-7 and plays inside and outside and will also score in a variety of ways. Nunnally has 3-point range and has also shown the ability to hit big shots late in games.

He might be too quick for Desmond Simmons to guard. It's like either Ross or Wilcox - whoever isn't guard Johnson - will draw the duties.

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