Washington State was able to play tough for 50 minutes thanks in part to a strong effort from junior Derrick Low. Though he has a lot to prove between now and the end of next season, he appears to have some potential for the next level.
Against Vanderbilt, Low displayed the ability to create his own shot, and hit difficult shots on the move. He knocked down both three pointers and floaters from mid-range over bigger defenders. Off the dribble, Low can change directions quickly, and his shifty nature is very hard for opposing defenses to cover. He hit many key shots for Washington State against Vanderbilt, many coming when it seemed like momentum was shifting away from the Cougars In addition to scoring and handling the ball well, he also plays tough defense, and gives a great all-around effort on the court.
Right now, Kyle Weaver handles the creating duties for Washington State, and Low acts as a scorer off the ball. This hurts his draft stock for now, because at this point he hasnt proven that he can handle the lead guard role. Low lacks the size to play shooting guard in the NBA, so it will be important for him to return next season and attempt to distribute more effectively. If he can prove himself as a point guard, Low could put himself in a situation to make some noise when the 2008 draft rolls around.