NBA Comparison: Jermaine O’Neal/Jason Thompson
Strengths: High-level athlete combo forward with excellent size and length. Versatile offensive skill set to score inside/outside (16.5 PPG). Could be seen as being big enough to play center in today’s NBA. He possesses rare agility at 6’11 in tandem with a hunger for activity and relentless motor. Runs the court like a guard, with a fluid gait and long, easy strides. Nightmare matchup for opponents on the interior due to explosive quickness and elevation. Extraordinarily nimble and quick mover in the paint. He has added strength and bulk (225 to 240) without losing that calling card explosiveness. Uses his athleticism to earn high percentage looks (58%), elevating above defenders. Displays a deft touch and equally adept at finishing with his left hand. Electric spin moves in the post over either shoulder, preferring to attack baseline. Body control and hang time to make the appropriate in-air adjustments and alter release after a bump or if impeded. 83% free throw shooter on over 5 attempts (65% as sophomore). Rebounds at will on both the offensive and defensive backboards, ranking amongst the nation’s leaders with 10.8 per game. Quick leaper on multiple jumps while still retaining 1st jump lift. Utilizes his length and mobility to rebound out his direct vicinity. Flourished on the perimeter during his time at UTEP, albeit in a more liberal style of play. Comfortable in the mid-range with the ability to step out behind the three-point stripe. He has the potential to be an effective face-up weapon with a quick first step and long frame. Had a tendency to play in a “rushed state” early in his collegiate career, but has found an efficient pace his junior season. Doesn’t force shots and playing within a more defined role for the betterment of the team. He displays legit lateral quickness and foot speed to defend on the perimeter and not look like a fish out of water. Multiple position defensive adaptability. Mentally and physically a different player since arriving in the SEC.
Weaknesses: Moultrie seems to have transitioned from a SF to PF this season, sacrificing continued perimeter development in the process. Being that he’s not a true post option, he’ll likely see time at both spots on the next level. He’s caught somewhere in between, which can actually be viewed as a strength and serves to illustrate his versatility. Has shown glimpses of range shooting and ball handling aptitude, but more is required for the NBA small forward position. As he exhibited at UTEP, the potential to be a dynamic face up player is very much present. It’s that potential alone, despite his raw attributes that once again has scouts drooling over his package of skills. Not the most technically sound of prospects, relying on his massive (on most nights) talent, size and athletic advantage. Plays too quickly at times (2.2 TO) and must harness his energy. Could still stand to add more bulk, be more accepting of contact and get to the FT line more consistently. When he begins a move, thinks score only. Not selfish, but at the same time not a prudent passer when attracting defensive attention. At 6’11 with his length and leaping ability, it is inexplicable that he hasn’t been able to block a shot per game (0.9) in any of his three seasons. Basketball IQ and awareness on both ends should sharpen with experience. Moultrie has missed three games in 2011-2012 with tendinitis in both knees.
Notes: The top transfer in the nation. Played FR and So years at UTEP.
Adam Ganeles 1/16/12
Strengths: Late blooming post player with a bright future (young for a sophomore – will be 19 in a week) … Has an excellent combination of length and agility … Explosive big who plays above the rim and displays good body control … Moves exceptionally well for a player his size showing the ability to run the floor like a guard … Plays a physical game with good strength and willingness to mix it up inside … Solid offensive game with nice potential. Shows good creativity on post moves using spin moves and up-and-unders and good touch around the basket … Likes to face the basket and take opponents off the dribble, but can also create with his back to the basket … Can effectively take opponents off the dribble all the way out past the 3 point line (tremendous foot speed for a 4) … Effectively utilizes the turnaround hook shot … Good form on his shot with a solid baseline jumper … An excellent rebounder (8.2 rpg as a freshman) with quick leaping ability and good length … Has very quick feet and moves well to cover a lot of ground on rebounds … Plays with a high motor … Displays excellent hands, a necessity for quality post players … Shows the ability to catch and shoot from 3 point range (shot 37 3s converting on 11 as a freshman) …
Weaknesses: Should continue to extend range and improve on his outside shooting … Free throw shooting was surprisingly low for a player who shows solid form (54 FT% needs to improve) … Can be too enamored at times with facing the basket and neglect his physical strength inside … Shows solid rebounding ability but could improve with a little more attention to details, boxing out and finding his man and using post position, instead of just relying on his physical attributes … Not a great passer. Needs to cut down on the turnovers and improve on his a/to ratio ( 0.6 apg to 1.7 to) … Shows the type of body that will be able to put on strength with no problem but currently (at 230 lbs) could stand to bulk up some … Considering his size (length) and leaping ability he should be a bigger defensive (shot blocking) presence … Should be able to double his 0.9 bpg output as a freshman …
Notes: Will sit out the 2010-11 season after trasferring from UTEP to Mississippi St. … Impressed in Aukland, New Zealand at the 2009 U19 Championships as the top (gold medal winning) USA Team post prospect …
Aran Smith 11/11/09
YouTube Clip – 7/16/2009