Big Man Breakdown

Rick Pitino spent the weekend at the Nike EYBL in Hampton evaluating 2013 frontcourt prospects, including Moses Kingsley and Kennedy Meeks. InsideTheVille.com breaks down the big men Pitino watched in Virginia.


Size: 6-9/270 | Charlotte, NC
Breakdown: You have to look beneath the surface when evaluating Meeks, who is ranked Scout.com's No. 2 center prospect. At first glance, it's obvious Meeks must reshape his body to impact at the major college level. But the skills - soft hands, nimble feet, soft touch around the basket - are all present. If Meeks is willing to work on resculping his body and improving his conditioning comparisons to Sean May aren't out of the question. Meeks has a long way to go, but if he finds the right coach who will push him in the right direction he has potential to become a low post scoring threat in college. Rick Pitino watched him in Hampton and the Cardinals, who Meeks plans to visit soon, are very much in the mix.
Recruiting: Louisville, Georgetown, UNC, Virginia Tech, NC State, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Stanford, UCLA, Duke and Notre Dame


Size: 6-10/220 | Greensboro, AL
Breakdown: Taylor has ideal size to play the five in college. Long and athletic, the four-star prospect drew attention from Louisville coach Rick Pitino in Hampton. Louisville only recently jumped into his recruitment, but the Cardinals are firmly in the mix with Georgetown and Alabama. Taylor made a positive impression with his work on the offensive glass, and with his solid midrange scoring skills. A lefty post prospect, Taylor must continue to work on his aggressiveness on defense and consistently going strong to snag defensive rebounds. If he does that the sky is the limit for the 6'10 center.
Recruiting: Louisville, Georgetown, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Mississippi State, Tennessee, NC State, UNC.


Size: 6-9/225 | New Albany, MS
Breakdown: Kingsley played better in Minnesota than he did in Virginia. Still, you can see why Louisville is targeting him on the recruiting trail. Kingsley is long, athletic and aggressive on the defensive end. Though he's raw offensively, Kingsley challenges all shots in the paint and is likely the top shot blocker on the Nike EYBL circuit. He was bullied on the low block by Jahlil Okafor, but held his own for the most part against the top 2014 center prospect, especially when he used quickness and positioning as his ally. An intriguing prospect who reminds of Gorgui Dieng, Kingsley figures prominently in Louisville's recruiting plans this summer.
Recruiting: Louisville, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kansas, Memphis


Chinoso Obokoh
Size: 6-9/225 | Rochester, NY
Breakdown: Another athletic post prospect, it's clear that Obokoh's defense is ahead of his offense at this point, which isn't unusual for a young big man. What catches your eye is Obokoh's length and aggressiveness defensively. An active defender and rebounder, Obokoh challenges shots around the rim and presented challenges for 7'3 Tanveer Bhullar in the post with his shot blocking ability. Obokoh displays nice touch from the foul line and runs the court well. He's probably down the list for a program like Louisville, but his combination of size, athleticism and active play defensively make him worth monitoring this summer.
Recruiting: Oregon, West Virginia, Villanova, Temple, Boston, Miami, Dayton have all offered. Louisville, Texas, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Kansas and Providence are evaluating.


Size: 6-9/200 | Antioch, CA
Breakdown: There's not a hotter big man prospect nationally than Lee. A long, smooth, 6'9 power forward, Lee drew Rick Pitino's attention in Hampton and the Cardinals joined a long list of elite programs with an offer shortly after the evaluation period. Lee needs to add strength, but he's quick and skilled offensively with a soft touch and good passing ability, and poses a challenge defensively in the paint using his length. He has the look of a big timer, and that's why Pitino, and all the elite programs from around the nation were court side when the California Supreme played in Hampton.
Recruiting: Big time programs throughout the country -- and the list will keep growing.


Size: 6-8/270 | Hyattsville, MD
Breakdown: One of the top post players in the Class of 2013, Anya is a bully around the rim. Indiana appears to be making the right moves to position themselves to land the hulking center, but Rick Pitino was present at his games in Hampton. Anya isn't the tallest guy Louisville evaluated in Hampton, but he's probably the strongest. He uses his strength to power opponents around the rim and on the boards, and uses his long arms to challenge defensively.
Recruiting: You name the elite program, and they're probably on the list. Indiana appears the team to beat at this point, especially after hiring his former AAU coach, Kenny Johnson


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