These days, however, Daniel Mading is making himself a presence in the Florida grassroots consciousness. Still, he has yet to generate a consensus even on his ultimate position.
Surfing the internet, you can find him listed as a power forward or even a center. In my eyes, however, Mading possesses the quickness and ball skills potentially to grow into a wing. If not, he still projects as a versatile, face-up forward.
Mading is very, very thin. He's not only lacking muscle, he's simply slight of frame. Just one look at his photo illustrates that point. In part for that reason, then, his long-term future may need to reside on the perimeter.
He's already a capable jump shooter. Mading knocked down a couple of nice backspin threes when I watched him last weekend, missing some others that were too deep but looking confident in his stroke. At 6-8 and with three seasons of American high school basketball to play, that's a great start.
He also runs well and is light on his feet. He sneaks past big men and works the offensive glass for tip-ins. On one occasion he hauled down a defensive rebound and raced coast to coast with his dribble, finishing with a two-handed slam off one foot. His grace and agility mark yet more factors that could enable him to transition into a jumbo wing.
Defensively, he's reasonably quick and definitely plenty long to contest passes from the perimeter.
Mading's overall ability should not be overlooked. He isn't yet one of Florida's most celebrated prospects, but he'll team alongside other gifted players at Gainesville (Fla.) The Rock and continue to improve. We can sort out his position later, but suffice it to say he warrants high-major attention at this early stage.