Sima draws high major interest

Yankuba Sima has been a popular name in prep circles over the past month. What are his strengths? What schools have reached out? Scout has the latest on the 6-foot-11 center from Spain.

Yankuba Sima, a native of Spain, has built a quality reputation playing basketball overseas. The 6-foot-11, 215-pound center spent last year at the Canarias Basketball Academy.

Now Sima is in the United States closing out his high school career at Jacksonville (Fla.) Arlington Country Day. In two viewings this past weekend, Sima impressed with his size, mobility and shot blocking.

At this stage, Sima’s defense is ahead of his offense. His length, timing and athleticism are among the reasons he’s a talented rim protector. Offensively, Sima flashed a good set of hands, dunked drop off passes and was able to score off put backs, but wasn’t comfortable with his back to the rim.

“When I’m good I play hard and just get rebounds,” Sima said when asked to describe his game. “When I get the rebound I just go up to the basket again. I block shots and rebounds and when guys go to the basket I rebound it pretty well.”

Sima had a strong showing over the summer at the U18 European Championship, as he led the event in rebounding with 12.1 boards per game. He also finished second in blocked shots at 2.1 and was first with 4.3 offensive rebounds a game.

“I thought he had some talent as a rebounder and a finisher,” one NBA executive, who watched him at the event, told Scout.

“I played a lot of minutes,” Sima, who averaged 33 minutes a game through nine games, said of his time at the European Championship. “I got more confidence in myself and just went and got every rebound I could.”

Now that Sima is in the United States, college coaches have had a little more access to him. Sima told Scout the schools he’s heard from are Arizona, Auburn, Baylor, Louisville and Maryland.

Sima took an unofficial visit to Maryland the weekend of November 29th.

“I just went to watch a game,” Sima said. “It was really good. I liked how they play. It’s a really unselfish team.”

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