Strengths: Fluid, athletic 7-footer with developing all-around skills … Excellent length on a good frame that will be capable of supporting more muscle … Quick off his feet … Strong body-control for a big … Easy alley-oop target … Explosiveness helps him blow by slower post players in transition … Good offensive awareness … Talented passer with good court-vision … Does a lot of damage in the post at this level … Willing to wrestle for good position near the block … Uses his agility well to get around the rim, and is a quality finisher due to his athleticism … Becoming a better outside shooter, and is dangerous when left alone from 12-18 feet … Nice touch from the free-throw line; shouldn’t be a liability there in the future … Sells contact well (he’s a good flopper) … Defends with his body more than his hands … Protects the rim well on defense … Blocks a lot of shots … Smart help-defender … Gets his hands on a lot of rebounds, and is aware enough to tip-out to teammates when he can’t corral one himself … Usually does a good job of finding somebody to box-out whenever a shot goes up …
Weaknesses: Will need to add more weight to be comfortable against NBA-caliber centers … Lacks a real go-to move offensively, though he can do a number of different things well … Inconsistent motor … Has a habit of floating around the perimeter a little more than he should … Can be turnover prone when attempting to put the ball on the floor … Needs to continue to gain confidence and consistency.
Outlook: Leonard is a very nice prospect for the center position in the NBA … Has really blossomed in his sophomore year and is just hitting his stride and was not a big factor in his freshman season … There really aren’t a lot of weaknesses in his game … He should look to establish an offensive identity and continue to polish his all-around game … With his potential, he’s sure to get some looks in the lottery …
Tyler Ingle 1/11/12
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