Strengths: A power forward with terrific strength and athleticism ... He is an energy player who uses his physical attributes to cause problems inside ... He plays hard, and doesn't shy away from contact, looking to mix it up inside and create space using his body ... Very mobile, uses his quickness to get good position in the post and also to get around defenders when attacking ... Has continued to show improvement on his jumpshot (even stepping out to the three), and will need to continue to work on it ... Very good rebounder, the mix of strength and athleticism allow him to clear space and grab rebounds well out of his rebounding area ... Unselfish player, looks to make plays for teammates ... Poses problems defensively, because he can block shots and also get out into the passing lanes ...
Weaknesses: Lacks the size and skill level to be an effective scorer inside ... Does not have many moves in his low post repertoire and is not very comfortable facing up and attacking ... Attacks strictly to his left hand, making him extremely predictable ... Has a tendency to shoot too many fadeaways, with very mixed results ... Has been able to bully his way around in college, but how effective can he be against bigger athletes at the next level?
Borko Popic - 06/22/2010
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Strengths: Undersized big with explosive athleticism ... Extraordinary finisher around the rim, often finishing with a power jam (44 dunks as a freshman and 34 as a sophomore) ... Uses his impressive frame to seal defenders in the post and finish through contact ... Efficient, high percentage shooter at 58% for his career ... Shows the ability to step out on the perimeter and knock down the jumper, even showing three point range at times ... Can also use his handle and quickness to blow by bigger defenders ... High energy player that keys the Clemson pressure scheme ... Works hard for full 40 minutes ... Runs the court extremely well ... Uses his 7-foot-plus wingspan to block shots at a high rate (2.1/game for his career) ... An absolute terror on the offensive boards ... a quick leaper, even on his 2nd and 3rd jump.
Weaknesses: At 6-7 245, plays an undersized center at the collegiate level, and will be forced to play an undersized PF in the pro's ... No real post moves to speak of, using his brute strength and length to get buckets in the paint ... Will need to develop his post-up game repertoire at the next level ... Brings the ball down well below his waste on his jumpshot ... He has the stroke, but will need a quicker release to succeed in the pick and pop game ... FT% is a concern, but he has improved from 57% as a sophomore to 72% as junior ... Still his career 63% needs work. Can be lazy defensively at times, relying on his shot blocking skills instead of getting in position ... Defensive awareness can be questioned.