The No. 1 ranked point guard in the class of 2006 D.J. Augustin ran the point for the 17-under New Orleans Jazz throughout the summer. Augustin, 5-foot-10, 150-pounds out of Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, La., has the complete offensive package, and as he gets stronger, he will be a defensive presence as well. Right now he is listing five schools.
“North Carolina, Wake Forest, Michigan, LSU, and Georgetown are the schools right now,” said Augustin. “But that could change.”
Augustin has a flawless handle and an innate ability to get the ball to his teammates with precise timing. He can shoot the long ball, can shoot it off the pass or dribble, and can get into the lane and make things happen. Surprisingly strong with the ball when taking it into the lane, Augustine can also finish off one foot around the basket. And perhaps is best skill is making the short interior pass to one of his big men when the helpside defenders jump to contest his shot.
It is on the defensive side of the ball where Augustin has trouble keeping stronger athletes in front of him. This problem should be resolved as Augustin puts on weight and gets stronger as it is due to a lack of strength and not a lack of quickness.
Here is Augustin’s quick assessment of his game:
“The best thing I do is see the floor and get the ball to my teammates. My defense and decision making are the areas I want to improve in.”