Strengths: Despite his last name, the 6-foot-8, 240-pound Littles is a load to handle inside the paint. That’s due to the fact that he doesn’t shy away from physicality. He easily overpowers most defenders when fighting for and establishing his position inside. Little has also shown to have a few post moves around the basket, including a drop step. For his size, he’s agile when running the floor in transition. Aggressive offensively, as he looks to take advantage of his matchups and score the ball often. Solid rebounder who grabs the ball at its highest point while keeping it high and away from defenders. Does a good of changing shots at the rim.
Weaknesses: Although he gets good position, he still needs to work on finishing shots around the basket. A lot of that has to do with footwork and taking his time. Sometimes he catches the ball too far out of the paint, then forces up a mid-range jumper. Jump shot, specifically shooting release, can show improvement. Needs to keep his hands straight up to avoid fouling when playing defense in the post.
Overall: The Academy New Church big man is a bruiser in the post who likes to bang bodies and try to impose his will. While his post game is developing, he still shows an aggressive nature around the rim and tries to score on the majority of his touches. On the defensive end, he uses his big frame as an intimidation factor and makes it hard for players to score over him. Keep an eye on Little as his overall game continues to mature, but he certainly seems like he’s destined to play at a high Division I level.
Last Updated: June 28, 2015