Jan 24, 2020
NBA Comparison: Brian Cook
Strengths: Versatile player, who – under the right conditions – can be play in all front court positions… Great size and lentgh for a power forward…. He has really long arms and a very good wingspan (measured at 7-3 feet)… Smooth athlete, with very good jumping ability off two feet when he has room to gather… Team player, who plays inside the system… High basketball I.Q… He runs the floor extremely well for a big… Really light on his feet… Impressive ball handling for a player his size… Can start the fast the break as the ball handler and do the coast to coast if he finds room… Great on transition, really knows how to fill the lanes… Stretch-4 potential… He has a nice looking shooting stroke… Can Shoot the ball well from the perimeter, going all the way up to 3-point range… His mid-range game is really solid… Excellent on Pick and Pop situations… Can Play the Pick and Roll as the screener at a very good level… Solid on creating his own shot… Has a good Pull Up Jump shot as a counter move… Can play above the rim… Likes to finish strong at the basket…. Puts the ball on the floor and attacks closeouts thanks to his athleticism and solid first step… Very good passer…. Posseses great court vision and sees angles that are rare to be seen by bigs… Moves well without the ball… Very good rebounder, who is not afraid to bang bodies… Relentless on the offensive boards, puts a lot of presure on the opposing team… Great lateral quickness… He can switch on a perimeter player while defending the Pick and Roll with ease and hold his ground…. He is a great shot blocker, with good instincts… His length, defensive instincts and above average athleticism make him a good rim protector… Covers a lot of ground on defense with his length and athleticism and contests shots… Has active hands on Defense, which helps him make a lot of steals… Very good weakside defender…
Weaknesses: He really needs to add strength, especially on his upper body… Very good, but not an elite athlete… The fact that he needs room to gather before jumping can be a problem at the next level… He might play inside the system, but this could make him look passive at times on offense… He needs to learn when to step up for his team… His free throw shooting was bad in 2016/17 season (below 60%), which is kind of bizzare considering he was shooting in the low 40’s from 3-point range… He doesn’t go to the line as often as you would expect from a guy with his skillset… Has the tendency to settle for mid-range and long range shots instead of going all the way to the basket… Has problems creating his own shot against athletic defenders… Seems to prefer to Pop out after he sets a screen rather than Roll hard to the basket…. He doesn’t establish position in the Post and can’t really exploit any miss-matches… His Post game is just average and doesn’t have enough counter moves… At times he tries to do too much with his ball in his hands, either by forcing a difficult pass or make one more dribble than he should, which leads to turnovers… There are moments he puts his hands down when he tries to block a shot and as a result he commits bad fouls… Holds his ground in the post on Defense, but he can’t really contain strong, physical players… Can lose focus on defense, and be too concern looking at the ball…
Overall: The rare combination of Stretch-4 potential and rim protection is what makes Jonah Bolden a really intriguing prospect. The Australian forward can become a “jack of all trades” kind of player on both ends of the floor, but for this to happen he has to be in the right system and continue to work hard.
Notes: He is the son of Bruce Bolden, an American former pro basketball player, who played 17 years in National Basketball League in Australia… He lived in Australia until 2013, before moving to United States and play as a senior in two different High Schools… He commited to play for UCLA… He had to redshirt his freshman year in college (2014/15) because he was ruled ineligible… He left UCLA after his sophomore season (2015/16) and signed with FMP
Stefanos Makris 6/8/17
April 28, 2013