Blessed with excellent vision, Ubaka can and will find teammates for easy
baskets. Moreover, he creates opportunities by consistently and easily breaking
down the defense. Although Ubaka is a legitimate 6'2" tall, he still possesses
very good quickness. More importantly, he has an outstanding handle
that enables him to get by his man almost at will. He will be the best Cal PG at
breaking down a half court defense since Kevin Johnson donned the blue and gold.
Ayinde actually likes to play defense and can be quite the ball hawk. He has long arms and quick hands which allow him to be disruptive. Not yet a consistent outside jump shooter, Ubaka possesses a nice looking release on his shot and hard work has obviously paid off as it has gotten more and more reliable over the past 18 months. When he struggles, it's usually because he has been too unselfish. His teams perform better when he occasionally creates for himself and forces his opponents D to try and shut him down, thus allowing his primary skills of creating for teammates to rise to the surface.
Ubaka has a solid frame and will likely gain another 10-15 lbs of muscle before he's through. He and Midgely could be a lethal combination in the backcourt. Richard's superior strength and outside shot matched up with Ubaka' s court sense and quickness. Both can handle and pass the ball exceptionally well. Great backcourts win NCAA championships, and the addition of Ubaka and Washington to Richard Midgely, sets an awfully nice foundation for the Bears.
I don't know Ayinde, but in watching how he carries himself as well as his team first attitude, I feel confident we've landed someone with exceptional character as well.
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