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James Leible

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Scouting Report

Strengths: The 6-foot-7 forward is a very impactful and versatile player for St. Joe’s Prep. He has a strong, athletic build, is a blue-collar player, and shoots the ball well from mid-range. Leible has a high motor and plays just as physical as anyone wearing the other team’s jersey. One area of strength for Leible is his rebounding, where he out-hustles his opponents on the boards and can rebound in traffic. He also does a good job with scoring after he secures an offensive rebound. Aside from his mid-range shooting, he does most of his scoring damage around the rim off assists, and has shown he can put the ball on the floor and draw contact consistently. Defensively, he’s physical, tough, and active with his hands and footwork on the perimeter or in the post. He also isn’t afraid to make the hustle plays for his team.

Weaknesses: Needs to continue to add range to his jumper. Needs to develop a more varied skill set offensively, as he currently relies too much on his athleticism to score. Defensively, he tends to overplay his man sometimes, leading to silly fouls.

Overall: Leible will remain an important piece for the Hawks in the coming seasons. After not seeing any varsity minutes as a freshman, he looks primed to step into a starting role as a sophomore. There’s no reason to believe he won’t continue to work on and refine his game this summer and heading into next season. He’s a do-it-all player with strong body frame that he’s still growing into. His physique and advanced abilities at a young age suggests he’ll be at the least a low-major Division I prospect, with a chance to be much more than that if he adds an inch or two to his frame.

Last update: June 29, 2015