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34 - Yancy Gates

6-9, 289 Power Forward/Center
Cincinnati Senior
Birthday
10/15/89 (30.4 yrs)
Hometown
Withrow
High School
Cincinnati, OH
Team Site Profile
Statistics
Athleticism
7
Size
7
Defense
7
Strength
9
Quickness
6
Leadership
7
Jump Shot
8
NBA Ready
8
Rebounding
8
Potential
7
Post Skills
7
Intangibles
7
88 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Jahadi White

Strengths: Soft touch around the basket and can knock down shots conistently out to 18 feet … Visually his shot has great rotation both from the foul line and the field … Decent explosiveness around the basket, can get up and dunk the ball hard and quickly … NBA-ready body at 6’9” 275 … Developed motor late in his career at Cincinnati, especially at the Big East tournament … Handles the ball well for a big man (low turnover clip) … Willing passer, very solid position defender in the post and helps well off the ball. Very likeable.  Became a much better defender and rebounder over his career, peaking at around 9 reb/gm in 2011-12.

Weaknesses: His motor has always been a question … Doesn’t utilize his size and strength to his advantage nearly enough … Lacks physical toughness necessary to take over games, as he should …  Fades away too much on shots within 5 feet from the basket, and fades away on shots too often in general … Jumpshot mechanics and footwork are inconsistent … Not much of a shot blocker for a guy his size … Tends to get frustrated when calls don’t go his way … Lost his temper in brawl against Xavier, throwing a sucker punch against Kenny Frease, which connected earning him a suspension … Doesn’t have the killer instinct, reluctant to dunk over/on someone, regardless of size … 

Overall: Still a ways away from reaching his final maturity level as a basketball player …  Has all of the physical talents, skills, and size necessary to be an effective NBA player – it’s just a question of whether or not Yancy wants it enough … Projects as a 4 that can rebound, defend, and stick the 15-18 footer with consistency …

Jux Berg 4/10/12
 

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