Monday, June 25, 2012

Recruit Profile: Carlton (CJ) Ford

For the second of five installments of Recruit Profiles, we look at the one 2012 recruit who excites me the most. That is point guard CJ Ford. Since his recruitment last year, I have heard many good things about the young man. From his ability to get to the basket to the rumor that is spreading that he dunked on Ed Daniel in a scrimmage last season. Ranked 20th in his home state of North Carolina, CJ signed with Murray State in the fall. He chose Murray State over Miami University, East Carolina and Virgina Commonwealth.




Ford has been given three stars on both Rivals.com and scout.com. CJ Ford averaged 15.5 points a game his senior year at Westover High School. Last year he also boasted a 50% shooting percentage but his three point percentage dropped from 42% to 35% compared to his Junior year. In the 2010-2011 season, CJ averaged 17 points and 5 assists a game. His Sophomore year, he lead his team in scoring; again averaging 21 points per game. CJ is an explosive point guard that has the ability to hit the outside shot consistently. He has the speed to be a dominant threat in the back court.

With Zay Jackson and Isaiah Canaan returning, the back court for Murray State could be deadly next year. Having CJ and Zay could possibly mean a posisition change for Isaiah Cannan to the two guard. Adding CJ to next year's roster will help us, Racer fans, get over the loss of Donte Poole. Not saying that Poole's three point shooting can be easily replaced but CJ can hit from deep as well, if you leave him open.

It is going to be a lot of fun to watch this kid grow and mature as a basketball player. I expect him to play a huge role in next year's success and, by the time he is a senior, this man will be putting up huge numbers and leading the Racers to more memorable seasons.

You need more reasons to be excited about next season? Check out the video below....



11 comments:

  1. Hey son like the way you are getting the racer fans in touch with the new recruits. keep up the good work, see you thursday. We are grilling out pork chops.

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  2. In the Carolina all star game, he set a record with 14 assists...not to mention he placed 2nd in the dunk contest. However, I don't see a position change for Canaan even if Ford contributes a lot as a freshman. With a scorer like Sip, we want the ball in his hands where he can pull and pop if the defense isnt on him soon as he crosses half court. Matchups may be a different story as to who is guarding the 1 or 2...Zay will defend the better guard.

    Also I'm not 100% sure on this, but I think I remember my brother (manager for team) saying that in that pickup game, CJ attempted a windmill dunk on Ed but barely missed. Had a clean look and hit off back iron. But like I said, I'm not 100% sure if its the same player. Either way, this kid has hops and athletic ability

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  3. I agree with Hargis; Canaan won't see much time away from the point. He's easily one of the scorers in the NCAA off the pick and roll, and that starts from the top of the key with the ball in his hands.

    If anything, he'll see some time at the 2-guard just to catch a breather and play off the ball some, which he is also very adept at doing.

    I see CJ playing a role very reminiscent of Canaan's freshman year, maybe 9 points and 3 assists a game and potential OVC-Freshman honors. I'll temper my expectations accordingly.

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  4. See I think Canaan can benefit from not having the ball in his hands as much. I agree that we will see him run the point a lot next year but If CJ or Zay could run the 1 Canaan can get open by coming off screens away from the ball. He has a quick release which is why shooting off the dribble isn't a problem for him, but what I am envisioning is Canaan popping open off of curl screens and shooting more triples from the wing rather than top of the key.

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  5. I'm with Steve on this one. Canaan will run the point guard spot a lot but I also think he can play the number two. This would allow him to score more. I would really like to see Zay run the point guard spot. If CJ can come in and impact the team right away, that would be nice but I have a feeling he will come off the bench.

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  6. Oh yea CJ isn't starting right away by any means, but like if ED is right and Ford can give us 9 to 10 points a game plus 3 to 5 assists, were gonna be in real good shape.

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  7. I'm not saying that Sip wont ever run the 2 spot, because it will based on design of the play or offense, or who grabs the rebound to run with it. I'm saying that for Canaan to be the most successful, as well as the team, he needs to have the ball in his hands. Every team will have their best defender guarding him next season attempting to shut him down. If he doesnt have the ball in his hands, it will make it harder for him to get the ball having to work around screens and the help defense. If you want him to score, give him the rock before he's guarded. He can create separation when he has the ball. But it all depends on the situation. But looking purely at scoring and nothing else, Canaan will be most successful bringing the ball up the court rather than working to get open. Plus, that will be his position at the next level

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  8. From the OVC tournament on Canaan kind of struggled and I believe that is in part because of the defenders who were guarding him, preventing a shot from getting off. During those games I was begging for a screen away from the ball to get Canaan open. Run him off a picket fence or something.

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  9. Looking forward to seeing this kid play...Go Racers!

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