Before taking a phone call to discuss the possible future of his AAU organization's relationship with Kansas State, Miami Tropics president Art Alverez was busy reflecting on its past. The Florida-area basketball guru looked on from the sideline as one of his former players, Denis Clemente, worked...[details]
Strengths: Diaz is one of the most athletic players in the draft. He features a 42-inch vertical leap, excellent strength, terrific quickness and an explosive first step. Offensively, there are few spots that Diaz is not capable of scoring from, showing a terrific combination of perimeter shooting, slashing ability and shot-creating skills. His aggressive shot-creating style of play appears to be tailor made to the NBA. Diaz has a picture perfect stroke from beyond the arc. Once in the lane, Diaz has wonderful body control and an incredible vertical leap to make spectacular plays look easy.
Weaknesses: The biggest question mark about Diaz' pro potential is his position. He is most certainly a point guard in terms of size, but his skills do not stack up with what you would expect from a playmaker and he has very little experience running the point. He does not appear to have an amazing wingspan to make up for his size. He often makes things more difficult than they should be, getting too cute in the paint going for a Dwyane Wade-type finish rather than securing two points. Defensively, Diaz lacks a bit in the intensity area, gambling a little too much for steals and letting slower players blow by him.