Strengths: This lean-bodied sophomore has some serious upside, if he puts it all together. He’s a pretty good rebounder, his hands are ok but could get a lot better, and he’s an okay shot blocker. The coordination is there, he just needs to put a couple go-to moves in his game. Good height and could squeeze out a few more inches. Sees the floor well out of the post and does a good job of passing across the court to find open shooters.
Weaknesses: Has less-than-ideal size for a top-level post player, though that won't be an issue if he turns himself into a face-up forward. Needs to work on finishing strong around the hoop, which should come as he works on his overall and upper-body strength. Has decent hands, but could work on catching and passing more consistently in the post.
Overall: Even though it sounds like he has more weaknesses than strengths, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. He has very high ceiling, and if he changes a minimum of two of those weaknesses into strengths, he could play high-major Division I basketball. The big man runs the floor pretty well, and if he starts flushing the ball and plays clean up to his penetrating guards, he could easily increase his average next year to 15-17 points per game.
Last Update: March 3, 2015