A Closer Look: Mohamed Tangara

The Cats want a big man and Mohamed Tangara has to be at or near the top of their wish list. He's one of the best big men in the class and has a lot of suitors.

MOHAMED TANGARA
6-9, 230, PF/C
Mt. Zion Academy
Durham, NC
Louisville, Arizona, Memphis, Michigan, Miami (FL)

WHAT WE LIKE:
Mohamed Tangara looks good. He's tall, long and strong. When he plays hard he is a monster. He's a great rebounder and works hard on both ends of the court. Tangara is quick and athletic, but has a good deal of muscle on his frame.

He is better with his back to the basket and has some very nice post moves. His offense comes almost exclusively from 12 feet and in. We saw him take a few long jumpers, but he wasn't very successful. He's best with power moves, but his quickness and athleticism do come into play.

Watching him at the Nike Camp, Tangara appears to be very coachable. He listened to his coaches and counselors at the camp and tried to implement things.

WHAT WE DON'T LIKE:
Tangara is raw. He's a good player, but with more coaching he could be great. He doesn't always make the best decisions and needs to know when to pass out of the post, especially double teams. Like many young players he needs to work on moving without the ball.

As of now his offense is somewhat limited. His jumper is a bit awkward, but it looks like he has the ability to develop into a better shooter.

His effort level is mixed. At times he tends to float and then flicks on a switch and is aggressive to a fault. He picked up some silly fouls by failing to tone down his aggressiveness.

Tangara has made no secret that he wants to go pro. He isn't likely to be good enough to jump straight from high school, but he may want to go as soon as possible. There is a chance he could be a one and done player, even if he isn't quite ready for the move.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
"He lacks the offensive skills, but not the strength, explosiveness and determination."
--Frank Burlison

ARIZONA'S CHANCES:
Good. The Cats may make him a priority and as other players commit it could create the perfect fit. REMINDS US OF:Ben Wallace

OUR BEST GUESS:
The Cats will push hard, but may be turned off by his desire to be in the NBA right away. He likes Louisville a lot as well.

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