Notes: Still relatively inexperienced … Improved by leaps and bounds since enrolling at UConn in 2006. Between his height, athleticism and soft touch, Thabeet has as much upside as any prospect in this draft. Might not make an immediate impact on the offensive end, but Thabeet has the potential to be an All-Star down the road … Has a gregarious personality …
Kevin Duffy 5/21/09
Strengths: For his immense size, Thabeet is an above average runner of the court Does a great job of getting initial post position by using his body wide and sealing off his defender Has soft hands. Rarely does he bobble passes and catches with few problems no matter the distance or speed of the pass Shot blocking skills are top shelf His explosiveness: getting off the floor quickly is mind blowing for a player his size … Physically he has all the tools needed to continue with his long arms and first-rate timing Unlike many young players he has learned to be a very patient shot blocker that rarely bites on pump fakes Has yet to even scratch the surface of his vast potential Although still learning the game, he doesnt have a lot of bad habits Very coachable in that whatever flaws he has in his game can be easily corrected Shows solid outlet passing ability which is rare for a player with his level of experience Although his post moves are unrefined, Thabeet has shown reasonably good touch Above average defensive rebounder Shows decent upper body strength, which should greatly improve and great athleticism for his size
Weaknesses: Offensively Thabeet remains raw and undeveloped Struggles to maintain his position in the post where he tends to get rooted out by smaller players Although as mentioned above he is an above average runner on the court he still could improve his foot speed Like many players his age, Thabeets post footwork is a work in progress although to his credit it has improved since his breakout Global Games performance Should continue to learn how to block out more aggressively when working for the offensive rebound Movements are a bit mechanical but this doesnt seem to affect his coordination right now Free throw shooting is below average, however he does show good form and confidence with repetition he should become solid before the season is over Back to the basket skills are in need of improvement Not much of a face-up player Offensive court awareness is evolving but still is a few steps behind. This is evident when he is finishing around the basket as he loses where he is in relation to the basket or rushes his shot
Weaknesses: Still very new to the game, needs flying time Offensively he is still very raw, must learn to play in the post Hes a few years away from being ready to contribute on the NBA level Right now his leg strength is ahead of his upper body strength From Tanzania (birth records are suspect in African countries) so there is some question about his true age. Scouts say he looks young but realistically he could be anywhere from 18-22
Notes: Considered a possible lottery pick based on his size and athleticism Thabeet opened the eyes of NBA scouts at the Global Games in Dallas, Texas in June of 2006 He played last year at Cyress Communty Christian in Houston, Texas. Right now hes a project, but with a huge ceiling Said one scout, Hes getting better every day. If he gets eligible, hes one year and out at UConn and Im calling it right now, hes a top 10 pick.
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