Weaknesses: Has done a good job adding bulk to his frame, but needs to continue to get stronger … Needs to increase trajectory on his jumper and increasing his range would be beneficial … Ball handling is decent for a big, but must be improved to augment his face up game … Continued advancement of his footwork and comfort level in the post … Seems to predetermine moves rather than reacting to the defense … Does not handle double teams well … Needs to slow the game down and not panic … Not a great passer out of the post. Has relied heavily on his athletic gifts up to this stage against inferior competition … Needs to work harder and understand court positioning … Can be lazy at times defensively and on the boards depending on his length and leaping ability … Stands too upright and his lateral movement is sloppy … His conditioning has been questioned, often tiring in the latter stages of games.
Notes: Took home the MVP award at both the Jordan Brand Classic and McDonald’s All-American game. Adam Ganeles 12/11/09
Strengths: An elite level athlete with skills to play either forward position … He has the athleticism and quickness to guard on the perimeter, and also the length and strength to play inside … Just a high school junior, he’s already one of the top handful of high school players in the country … Tremendous shot blocker, his huge wingspan and great explosiveness and timing make him a superb shot blocker … Plays aggressively, not afraid of contact Has a great frame, adding another 15-20 good pounds will be no problem … Very fluid athlete, runs the court well … He is strongest playing inside, rebounding and defensively, skills that will be a benefit regardless of the position he ultimately ends up at … Has solid post skills, with the strength to finish after contact … Has the ability to face the basket and create or shoot … Solid range out to 12 feet, doesn’t extend further than that right now as he never needs to …
Weaknesses: Still needs to work on conditioning. By the end of the adidas Super 64, he was really dragging missing most of the semi-final game against Indiana Elite … Developing his perimeter skills (ball handling, passing and outside shooting) will serve him well, as he looks like more of a natural small forward for the NBA level … All of these skills have good potential, just need polishing … Must gain better consistency, play at a high level at all times … Can be a little mechanical offensively …
Notes: Plays for the same AAU team that Josh Smith played for, he has a similar type of game and is very athletic but not quite the freak show that Smith is …
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