B.J. Raymond

RCSI: 138 (2005)
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
Weight: 225 lbs (102 kg)
Position: SF
High School: St. John's Jesuit High School and Academy (Ohio)
Hometown: Toledo, OH
College: Xavier
Current Team: Zip Em Up
Win - Loss: 1 - 1


Portsmouth Invitational Tournament: All-Second Team

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Matt Williams
Matt Williams
Joseph Treutlein
Joseph Treutlein
Apr 16, 2009, 12:16 am
While he may not have put up eye-popping numbers, B.J. Raymond did a good job in Portsmouth exhibiting the very distinct strengths that made him such a valuable college player at Xavier. Raymond has good size for either wing position at 6-6, to go along with a chiseled frame. He’s a below average athlete, though, showing very little quickness and leaping ability, something that was very much evident in all the games he played at the PIT.

Raymond is an extremely efficient offensive player, shooting over 50% from inside the arc and over 40% from outside it. 56% of his field goal attempts come from beyond the 3-point line, and 77% of his offense comes in the form of jump-shots (according to Synergy Sports Technology), which tells you quite a bit about the type of player he is, and how he was used in college. He is an excellent shooter with his feet set, and is also capable of making shots off the dribble, as long as he’s not being too heavily contested, as he doesn’t do a great job creating separation from defenders.

Raymond is capable of using his strength at times to bully his way into the lane methodically and finish after lowering his shoulder, but he’s not the type of player who will get up and finish over the top of anyone, as he lacks any type of real explosiveness. His ability to create his own shot, dribble with his left hand or change directions with the ball is limited, which is why he rarely got to the free throw line at Xavier, and only tallied a single attempt from the charity stripe in three games at Portsmouth. He rarely turns the ball over on one hand, but also isn’t much of a passer either, acting mostly as a spot-up shooter for his team this past season.

Defensively, Raymond is as tough and fundamentally sound a player as you’ll find, getting in a low stance and really competing on each and every possession. He does a great job moving his feet and staying in front of his matchup, utilizing his 6-9 wingspan very effectively to contest shots as well. Raymond rarely gets in the passing lanes, coming up with just half a steal per game this year and last, which is an indication of both how rarely he gambles, as well as his limitations as far as his quickness is concerned. He is nonetheless an excellent off-ball defender, constantly reading the floor and talking with his teammates, and doing an excellent job making accurate rotations. Xavier was one of the best defensive teams in the NCAA this year, and Raymond played a big part in that. While he’s not much of an offensive rebounder, he does a good job hitting the defensive glass.

Raymond looks like a long-shot to be drafted, but he’ll likely get some looks from teams in workouts, the summer league and possibly training camp—as some may view him as a candidate to fill a Keith Bogans-type role, making shots when called upon and locking down his matchup. Considering his size, perimeter shooting ability, strong intangibles and excellent defensive skills, he would likely have a successful career in Europe if that’s the route he chose to take.

Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Day Three

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Matt Williams
Matt Williams
Joseph Treutlein
Joseph Treutlein
Apr 11, 2009, 12:07 pm
B.J. Raymond had yet another outstanding showing, knocking down another four 3-pointers (bringing him to 8 so far, on just 11 attempts) for an efficient 16 points. Raymond is one of the most vocal players you’ll find here on the defensive end, acting as somewhat of a captain for his team on this end of the floor, and really setting the tone for his teammates himself with the work he puts in. Despite not showing great lateral quickness, Raymond moves his feet exceptionally well and can really anticipate, playing a solid, fundamental brand of perimeter defense, and pretty much shutting down whoever he’s been asked to guard. His ball-handling appears to be average at best, and he seems to have problems finishing around the basket when driving in traffic, although he was able to finish nicely through contact in a few transition situations. Sitting right next to his team’s bench, you could constantly hear his voice during timeouts. It’s no surprise that his team is in the finals despite having likely the tournament’s worst “point guard” (the ultra selfish and constant showoff David Holston) running the show for them. It’s becoming more and more obvious why Raymond was such a winner as a college player in his time at Xavier.

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