NBA Comparison: Ken Johnson
Strenghts: He’s a 6-11 big man, but with the projection to become a 7-1, with impressive wingspan, coordination and solid frame. He has shown intriguing potential, thanks to his soft touch and range also behind the three point line, showing a possible evolution as PF on a stable basis … He has solid instincts as a scorer, showing impressive sense of position and timing, he’s often in the right spot in the paint to score easy buckets … His combination of mobility and size makes him an effective P&R player, with the ability to close mainly with the right hand … He’s definitely a good passer for the role, especially from the top of the painted area … Solid rebounder for the role, using his sense of position and long wingspan … In Antibes he has shown commitment and will to improve, spending several hours directly with his coach, as a part of a specific program to be followed.
Weaknesses: His lower body is still rather skinny, with limited leaping abilitiy and explosiveness … This affects his effectiveness on the boards, as he struggles to keep his balance and to withstand contact effectively … He lacks awareness of his position and his role on the court, due to the lack of experience in organized basketball … This shortcoming is quite visible especially on the defensive end, where he’s sometimes lost, missing rotations and helps in closeouts … His shot mechanics are still not fluid, he should use his legs more and speed up his release … He’s still raw in a lots of aspects of the game, including post game, where he shows some basics, but lacks confidence in the use of his body to take position and to exploit his pivot foot to take the baseline … Playing at the U20 French level is still not enough as a benchmark and a team selecting him should rely mostly on his potential development.
Notes: Gracin Bakumanya was born in Kinshasa (DR Congo) but moved to Spain when he was 15 … He joined Torrelodones team, playing in the 11/12 and 12/13 seasons … He then tried to be enrolled with some top prep school in US, attending tryouts (with Montverde Academy and St. Anthony’s), but limitations with his English and in game comprehension caused a refusal by the teams … He then came back to Europe and as of 2014 he joined Antibes, playing with U18 and U20 teams.
Davide Bortoluzzi 6/22/16