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Strengths: Left hander with excellent size (7-feet) and offensive touch ... A player who looks extremely impressive in a workout setting due to his size, agility and touch ... The young bigman shows the ability to shoot with both hands and has some range on his shot ... Utilizes hook shots well and has the basics of playing in the post with footwork and post moves ... At just 19 years of age, there is definitely some intrigue in what he could become ... Shows solid physical strength and fluidity ... Measured 7-feet in shoes with a 7-1.5 wingspan and a 9-2 standing reach which are all solid numbers for an NBA center ... His 8.0% body fat shows that he has been working hard on his conditioning ... Shows a positive attitude towards the game of basketball and being coached ... Has the length and makings of being a solid rebounder but needs to get stronger and tougher ...
Weaknesses: Coming from England, he didn't grow up in a basketball environment and lacks the natural feel for the game that someone who does, possesses ... His basketball IQ is a work in progress ... International scouts are concerned that he has not developed over the past 2-3 years (crucial development years) the way he could have ... Has bounced around teams over the past 2 years and has not had a stable foundation with which to grow from ... Still plays in a low level in Europe and has not been able to make a big impact thus far ... His level of experience in Europe remains extremely low ... Has worked hard to trim his weight but lacks great foot speed ... Heavy legs have been an issue for him, anchoring him to the floor and slowing him down in the open court ... Has also had issues with his shoulders popping out of place, causing tears of his labrum ... While he possesses excellent size and good strength for his age, he has a bit of an awkward body physique, lacking great body balance ... While his agility is solid, he lacks elite level explosiveness and athletic ability ... Not much of a defensive presence as a shot blocker ...
Notes: Impressed at the 2010 Chicago Draft Combine. But it's important to realize he's still extremely raw in a game setting ... There's a chance someone would take a flier on him in the 2nd round for the future if he chooses to remain in the draft ...
Aran Smith 5/23/10
Interview by Basketball 24/7 - 2/5/2008
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