Breaking down Baxter's game

BYU got a big commitment from Gavin Baxter on Monday. Scout breaks the four-star 2016 prospect's game down.

Gavin Baxter has long been a serious recruit for BYU and on Monday, the Cougars got a commitment from the four-star prospect.

Baxter is Scout's 53rd ranked prospect in 2016 and 10th rated power forward, meaning the Cougars got a player who they should expect big things from once he returns from this two-year LDS mission.

What kind of player is BYU getting in Baxter?

Baxter has grown over five inches in the last year and a half and his youthful appearance and length - he has a 7-foot-1 wingspan - suggest he may not be done.

He's obviously extremely long but also has a very physically immature frame and there's no question that his best days of basketball are ahead of him once he gets stronger.

Baxter is a versatile four man and while he mostly faces up, he's willing to go inside and play with his back to the basket and has a pretty good looking right-handed hook shot already. He can hit the open jumper or put the ball on the ground - driving both left and right - and take the ball to the basket.

Baxter has a quick first step and is an explosive finisher once he gets to the rim. He's a weapon on the offensive glass due to his timing and quick feet, timing and athleticism. He has a nice feel for the game and is a good passer.

On defense he's likely going to have to guard the interior, where he's a good shot blocker and fights for rebounds despite what he gives up physically. As he gets stronger, it's possible his lateral quickness allows him to defend threes but it's something to monitor.

Baxter will need to improve his consistency, as his production often wanes from one game to the next, but strength and youth could have a lot to do with that.

It's going to be tough to know for certain just how good of a prospect Baxter is until he hits his final height and gets stronger, but his upside is very high with expected growth and development.

Baxter's father played basketball at BYU and mother was a school-record setting track star with the Cougars.


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