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45 - Sekou Doumbouya

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Overall

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2019
Mock:  17

NBA Comparison: Billy Owens/Tim Thomas

Strengths: Prototypical new age, two-way combo forward with great defensive upside ... Solid size and wingspan (measured at 6-11 feet) for his position ... Really fluid athlete... Has NBA level athleticism ... Runs the floor and fills the lanes beautifully ... Bouncy athlete, who can either jump off two feet or from either foot... Has long strides and can cover a lot of ground ... His frame suggests that his body can fill up nicely ... Good teammate... Amazing in transition thanks to his athleticism ... He is a threat when he takes the ball on the move, since he can blow by his opponent... He has good shooting mechanics... When his feet are set he can shoot the ball at a good level... Attacks closeouts and goes all the way to the basket, mainly on straight lines... Good slasher ... Moves well without the ball... Doesn't shy away from contact, he even looks for it and likes to finish strong at the rim ... Can finish above the rim... Can post up smaller opponents and blow by bigger ones... Great rebounder on the offensive end... His size, length and athleticism help him be a good defensive rebounder ... He can start the break and make the occasional coast to coast ... Always willing to look for the extra pass ... Improving ball handler ... Versatile defender, who can guard from perimeter players to frontline players... Has all the necessary tools to become a beast defensively... Great lateral quickness when he has low stance on defense ... Not afraid to bang bodies while defending in the post... Really active while guarding the ball ... Excellent weakside shot blocker...

Weaknesses: Still learning the game, since he started playing basketball somewhat late, at 12 years old ... He doesn't have full control of his body yet, because he is still growing ... His body structure makes him look longer than he really is ... He is raw in just about every aspect of the game ... Relies too much on insticts... Lacks fundamentals ... His basketball I.Q needs work on both ends of the floor ... Can lose his concentration at times... His first step isn't as explosive as it should for a perimeter player, but it's OK for a power forward... His decision making needs work ... Suffers from tunnel vision while driving to the basket ... At times he is unselfish to a fault... Turnover prone ... At the junior level he was able to just rely on his athleticism to score, but at the next level this won't be as easy ... When the game slows down he is limited offensively, having problems in half court settings ... He can't really create his own shot of the dribble ... He must improve his pull-up game... He is a below average shooter for now ... He can't really mix it up on offense ... He has made strides as a ball handler, but he still needs work ... He mostly drives on straight lines ... He is right hand dominant ... He doesn't always box out on defense and depends too much on his athleticism ... He is occasionally trapped in no man's land on defense, being out of place ... Has problems reading screens on defense while chasing his opponent... His off the ball defense needs work, he is too focused on the ball ... Doesn't always have a low stance... Close out defense is still a work in progress, since he is still relying too much on his athleticism ...

Overall: Participated at the 2018 Basketball without Borders in Los Angeles, CA ... Also played at the ANGT in Berlin at the Euroleague Final Four in 2016 ... Sekou Doumbouya is one of the most intriguing international prospects of the last couple of years ... Projected by international scouts as a likely pick in the 10-20 range ... Blessed with a great body and NBA athleticim, he is by far a better athlete than a basketball player at this stage of his development ... His upside is undenial, especially on the defensive end of the floor ... If he finds a way to put everything together on offense, he could become a great player ...

Stefanos Makris 4/9/19

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