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1 - Xavier Gibson

6-11, 266 Power Forward
Florida St. Senior
Birthday
11/03/88 (31.7 yrs)
Hometown
Dothan, AL
High School
Northview
Team Site Profile
Statistics
Athleticism
8
Size
9
Defense
7
Strength
8
Quickness
8
Leadership
7
Jump Shot
6
NBA Ready
6
Rebounding
7
Potential
8
Post Skills
6
Intangibles
6
86 Overall:

NBA Comparison: N/A

Strengths: Possesses ideal size (7’3 wingspan) and fluidity for a bigman … Showed out in Portsmouth with his vocal leadership and passing acumen … The best thing I can say about Gibson at this point is that he knows who he is as a player and does what’s asked of him. He didn’t shoot any 3’s at the event (a dismal 12/48 in his four years at FSU), did not force the issue in the post when nothing presented itself, and even passed up a decent midrange look to get his team a better shot by kicking out to a wide-open shooter … Solid footwork on a face-up jumper from 15’ (reverse pivot) … Understanding of timing/spacing/finding a body on PNR situations was impressive – slipped screens repeatedly in the middle of the floor when defensive rotations were unclear on his way to 19 points on 9/12 shooting in one affair … Established deep position consistently on the blocks.

Weaknesses: Has a tantilizing combination of length and athleticism but has never been able to play to his abilities … The numbers don’t lie. For whatever reason, Gibson was unable to string together a season in Tallahassee that approached a double-double (with highs of 6.8 points and 4.3 boards a game, respectively) … Also off-putting about the big fella’s track record is his inability to stay on the floor for meaningful minutes (never more than 18.5 mins./gm) … The strongest part of his game is his understanding of the nuances of the PNR, but his pedestrian (at best) shooting numbers at FSU can only lead scouts/GMs to be apprehensive when projecting what he’ll actually be able to do with the ball once he gets it … Not a high volume rebounder … His soft body, which he’s certainly worked on, still needs a considerable amount of work.

Ryan Mattocks 6/7/12

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