Following his high school graduation from Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Sir’Dominic Pointer was touted as high as the 8th best small forward in his class. Pointer’s basketball skills then led him further up the Atlantic and he spent the next four years of his life playing basketball for St. John’s in Queens, New York.
During the draft, the Detroit native was in the midst of bowling and paused for a brief second when his agent, Brian Elfus, called to bring him the news that he’d been drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 53rd selection. This made Pointer the first Red Storm player to be drafted by an NBA team since former teammate and current Trailblazer Maurice Harkless was taken at No. 15 in 2012. Pointer has come a long way in the past couple of years, after a mediocre junior season that caused doubts about a future in the NBA, to potentially playing with LeBron James and the rest of the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Cavs.
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Under Steve Lavin, the Red Storm have qualified for the NCAA tournament as a low 13th seed, but have never only made it as far as the second round, which was in 2014-2015. Despite the lack of postseason success at the college level for Pointer, his senior season was a remarkable one in which he bumped his per game averages up to 13.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.4 blocks while shooting 52.4% from the field. The superb fourth and final season of do-it-all shooting guard was recognized with multiple honors, including the Big East Most Improved Player, Big East co-Defensive Player of the Year, Second Team All-Big East and the Haggerty Award, which is given to the best college basketball player in the NYC region.
Prior to the draft, Pointer worked out for 17 different NBA teams and their personnel. Though he was projected to land somewhere in the second round, he didn’t know for sure if he was going to be drafted. When the Cavs took a chance on him during the final stretch, they bought into his potential versatility as an NBA contributor. At -6 he has good NBA size for a shooting guard and is an excellent rebounder for his position, which is shown in almost 8 boards per game as a senior. He’s a solid athlete with good foot speed, meaning combined with his frame and aggressive tenacity, the potential to hold his own on defense is there.
The biggest red flag for Pointer is his weak jump shot. After tallying just 22 total 3-Pointers during his 2014-2015 campaign, the utility wing is nowhere near reliable from distance. While he has shown Cleveland’s front office enough promise to spend their draft pick on him, nothing is guaranteed and Pointer will have to continue to work on his game to earn a highly coveted position on an NBA roster. If he develops a reliable shooting stroke, Pointer can be a decent backup point guard in the association, but that’s a big if.
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