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Kobe Gantz

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Strengths: The multi-talented Gantz displays incredible athleticism along with terrific body control when navigating through traffic on his way to the rim. He’s tough to defend because he moves with such fluidity and patience but can also beat his man with a quick first step. He can break down defenses with his ability to maneuver and weave through defenders. Gantz also demonstrates an uncanny ability to absorb contact and finish strongly amongst big bodies in the paint. His shooting form is solid, as he gets good rise and has a smooth release. His jumper extends from inside to outside the 3-point line. A noteworthy part of his game is his willingness to play the role of a facilitator for the Tornado's offense. Already a floor general, he's crafty, has good ball-handling skills, and goes out of his way to make sure his teammates are in just as good a rhythm as he is offensively. At 6-foot-2, his height gives him a sizable advantage over smaller point guards when he's bringing the ball up the court and running the offense. On defense, he rotates well and is a good help defender. When defending the paint, he has shown he can block and alter a few shots. His length allows him to recover in time if he gets beat on the perimeter. Gantz is also a good rebounder, particularly on the offensive end where he crashes the glass for putbacks. Outside of his on-court skills, he's also developing his leadership capabilities.

Weaknesses: When he's feeling it, Gantz can shoot the ball really well from mid-range and the perimeter. However, there's room for improvement on shooting consistency in both areas. He also can work on shooting the ball off the dribble. Finding more ways to be more effective without the ball will add another dimension to his game. He’s already a solid defender, but will need to get stronger and work on his foot speed so that he can stay in front of speedy guards.  

Overall: Coming off a season in which he averaged 17.8 points per game, Gantz, a rising senior, has continued to turn heads with his athleticism and offensive repertoire. The high-scoring point guard likes to have the ball in his hands and create for himself and his teammates. He's still growing into his lanky body frame and may even grow another inch or two before he starts college. Heading into his senior season, Gantz should continue to round out his game and garner the interest of several more high-major Division I schools.