14 - Mouhammadou Jaiteh

6-11, 250 Center
France International
11/27/94 (25.3 yrs)
Pantin, France
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Post Skills

NBA Comparison: Nazr Muhammad

Strenghts: Solid structure, especially in the upper body, he’s physically ready to play in the paint at NBA level withstanding  the contacts … He’s rather quick and smooth in running the floor for a player of his size, making him quite effective in transition … Offensively he’s able to use both hands with put backs or a hook shot in the paint … Despite being still limited as a post player, he has shown improvements over the last couple of years from this standpoint. Good instincts as a passer, showing intriguing potential … Good fundamentals in rebounding, able to box out effectively and to gain the position, using his physical presence … Solid attitude, willingness to do the dirty work to help the team win … His mobility makes him a solid defeder in P&R, when he’s able to slide and recover the guards … He has also shown improvements on his mechanics …

Weaknesses: His post moves are basic and not fluid, too mechanical … Still a project in terms of post skills … His legs are quite long, but weak compared to the upper body, negatively affecting his balance and footwork … Furthermore he lacks ideal athleticism and size to play the center position at the NBA level, with rather limited explosiveness and leaping abilities which make him limited facing bigger and more mobile centers … Lacks effectiveness in P&R offensive situations when he’s not a reliable scoring option, lacks range and touch, limiting his appeal at Euro level, much less NBA … His handle is still a question mark, both when running the floor or when attacking from the baseline … His limited explosiveness and a raw sense of position make him a rather weak rim protector …

Notes: A stable presence of the French Junior National Teams since 2010 … In 2012/2013 he had his breakout season averaging 16.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game for Boulogne in the French Second Division (Pro B). The following season he moved to Nanterre, without much space … His performances have improved at a steady rate throughout this season (11.8 pts and 6.6 rbs overall), with 18 points and 7 rebounds over his last 4 games in French pro A … He left his team for the last few games of the season to participate at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

Davide Bortoluzzi 6/23/15

Strengths: Young player with a sculpted frame, great size and length … Shows nice touch when close to the basket … Lots of willingness to bang down low and an awareness of his role … Very broad shoulders which help him gain space in the post … High release on his shot and seems to know to keep the ball high … Solid offensive rebounder with skill at boxing out … Will hustle for loose balls … 7-4 wingspan is put to good use as a disruption in defending the post … Strength to be a good rebounder at either end of the court … Not a complete liability at the foul stripe during his play in the French Pro B level, shooting 81-118 (68.6%)

Weaknesses: Lacks lateral quickness and very little lift … Below the rim player will have difficulty defending quicker , more athletic big men … Has yet to play major minutes of higher level pro basketball, a definite long term project … Lacks much of a post arsenal beyond putbacks and garbage baskets … Shooting mechanics make it difficult to see him stretching the floor or providing much offense outside of the paint … Very likely to have foul trouble playing at a higher level … Hands are not great, can bobble passes which limits him as an offensive option … Will need work on conditioning … Plays hard in spurts, though can lose his focus and underwhelm with energy … Still learning where to be on the floor and needs development on court IQ

Notes: Measured at 6-11 (in shoes) with a 7-4 wingspan at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit … If he stays in the 2013 Draft, which seems to be the intention, will be one of the youngest draftees and will not turn 19 until the end of November … Has put up 16.7 ppg (65.2% FG) and 9.9 rpg for Pro B team Boulogne-sur-Mer, finishing in the top 10 in both categories … Nickname is "Mam" … name pronounced Mo-ham-ma-du Jah-teh … Could turn into a nice back-up center and seems primed to be a second round "stash" pick

Michael Visenberg 5/1/13


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