NBA Comparison: Brandon Bass
Strengths: A power forward with terrific strength and athleticism … He is an energy player who uses his physical attributes to cause problems inside … He plays hard, and doesn’t shy away from contact, looking to mix it up inside and create space using his body … Very mobile, uses his quickness to get good position in the post and also to get around defenders when attacking … Has continued to show improvement on his jumpshot (even stepping out to the three), and will need to continue to work on it … Very good rebounder, the mix of strength and athleticism allow him to clear space and grab rebounds well out of his rebounding area … Unselfish player, looks to make plays for teammates … Poses problems defensively, because he can block shots and also get out into the passing lanes …
Weaknesses: Lacks the size and skill level to be an effective scorer inside … Does not have many moves in his low post repertoire and is not very comfortable facing up and attacking … Attacks strictly to his left hand, making him extremely predictable … Has a tendency to shoot too many fadeaways, with very mixed results … Has been able to bully his way around in college, but how effective can he be against bigger athletes at the next level?
Borko Popic – 06/22/2010
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Strengths: Undersized big with explosive athleticism … Extraordinary finisher around the rim, often finishing with a power jam (44 dunks as a freshman and 34 as a sophomore) … Uses his impressive frame to seal defenders in the post and finish through contact … Efficient, high percentage shooter at 58% for his career … Shows the ability to step out on the perimeter and knock down the jumper, even showing three point range at times … Can also use his handle and quickness to blow by bigger defenders … High energy player that keys the Clemson pressure scheme … Works hard for full 40 minutes … Runs the court extremely well … Uses his 7-foot-plus wingspan to block shots at a high rate (2.1/game for his career) … An absolute terror on the offensive boards … a quick leaper, even on his 2nd and 3rd jump.
Weaknesses: At 6-7 245, plays an undersized center at the collegiate level, and will be forced to play an undersized PF in the pro’s … No real post moves to speak of, using his brute strength and length to get buckets in the paint … Will need to develop his post-up game repertoire at the next level … Brings the ball down well below his waste on his jumpshot … He has the stroke, but will need a quicker release to succeed in the pick and pop game … FT% is a concern, but he has improved from 57% as a sophomore to 72% as junior … Still his career 63% needs work. Can be lazy defensively at times, relying on his shot blocking skills instead of getting in position … Defensive awareness can be questioned.
Adam Ganeles 3/10/09