Hometown: Corsicana, TX

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 220

Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward

Team: Iowa State

Class: Senior

#23 David Lighty | G - F

Right handed.. Lighty is sort of the unforgotten player for the Buckeyes- he's overshadowed by Jared Sullinger, William Buford and even Jon Diebler, while last season it was Evan Turner and Buford that had Lighty overlooked… He's the mature, veteran leader for the Buckeyes, providing a solid offensive burst of scoring, distribution or defensive lock down. He's so versatile he can play the 1 through 4 on both ends of the court, scoring from anywhere around the low blocks to penetrating and shooting in the mid-range or knocking down the 3-point shot. He excels in the mid-range where he commonly puts the ball on the floor and will spin back opposite to get a clear, uncontested soft jumper off. He can handle the ball some, but will need to improve this area going forward. He isn't quick enough or confident enough to blow by his defender, so his commonly uses a variety of jabs and ball fakes… It's in the other areas where Lighty excels- he's a solid passer and normally a pretty good decision maker, a hustle and fighting on the glass and the same way on the defensive end.

In some of the bigger games of his career, Lighty comes out of his shell and tends to force shots up from the perimeter. His perimeter shooting has made some strides, but he still needs to work on pulling-up off the dribble and cutting back his turnovers… Lighty will still need to add some strength and work on his lateral quickness to have the same defensive effect that he did at the NCAA level in the NBA. His work ethic and activity on the defensive end will help him cover some 1s, 2s, and 3s.
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