Kene Obi Scouting Report

In this report, Mike Procopio offers up a scouting report on the newest addition to the DePaul Blue Demons – Nigerian center Kene Obi from South Kent Prep School in Connecticut. Mike gives us the complete breakdown on the 7-2, 280 lb. freshman center's strengths and weaknesses…

Kene Obi is a project that can work his way into becoming a very good shot blocking athletic big man in the Big East. He has all the tools to become a dominating presence on the floor for the DePaul Blue Demons.

Obi has very good timing, great athletic ability, and great length which are all skills which point to him being very good down the line. He played on a very good team last year at South Kent. His minutes fluctuated. He mostly had limited minutes for the Northeast powerhouse. He mostly scored on put backs and running the floor in transition. His offense is a ways off and will be the biggest facet of his game which the coaching staff will have to develop.

I think that offensive expectations don't have to be very high anytime soon. If he can make a jump hook with both hands and learns how to step through (up and under) on both blocks, that will be enough to be a presence in the Big East. Right now he's a ways off from being an everyday contributor for the team, but can be thrown into the mix to play behind the press to block/alter shots as well as lean on centers and be used for his five fouls.

Kene played sparingly in the National Prep School Invitational last year in Kingston, Rhode Island, but I liked what I saw of him. He's not skinny by a long shot. He has a good body that will only get better while working with strength coaches at school. He has good hands as well as being active. These are all important elements of the game which you look at with young centers, when trying to look down the road for him.

He's got all the things that you can't touch: size, body, length, and athletic ability. His conditioning, strength, and offense will get better in time, but the really important facets of the game he already has. I can see him being a DeSagana Diop type of player for them by his junior year. A big shot blocking presence that can score on put backs, transition, open 10 footers on pick and pops, as well as hooks in the middle.

Obi is a great piece to have when trying to build for the future of the club. Put him together with Mac Koshwal who can score on the block and the high post and you have bookends in the post which they can build around. I like the direction this team is taking and Kene will definitely be one of the building blocks for the future of this team.

He is still a ways off as I stated earlier, but I believe in the DePaul staff's ability to develop players and he can make strides very quickly for this team.

Mike Procopio has worked for Tim Grover at ATTACK Athletics since 2004. He is responsible for player development, specializing in offensive footwork for wing players and big men. Mike has been working with pro players since 1996. He got his start in player development at Snow Valley Basketball Camp learning under Herb Livsey. He has worked events all over the world including The Nike All-America Camp, Michael Jordan Flight School, and the Benneton Treviso Big Man Camp (Treviso,Italy).


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