Round Rock (Texas) High
Class of 2009
Defensively, he's going to be a shotblocker. He'll impact games at both ends. Remember, you're talking about a guy who never had that mentality -- it's all instinct right now because of the size and position change. He's a guy learning the ropes. It's like a boxer jumping three weight classes for his next fight. It's got to be a gradual process.
Areas for Improvement:
He reminds me – in terms of his situation, not his game – of Corey Brewer. Brewer goes to underclassmen events and he's not really ready to be thrown into the mix with his peers, but you can see the physical tools and talent and then boom a year later he's one of the best prospects in the country.
We rank him among our Top 25 prospects not based on any specific things he did last spring or summer – we rank him there because when you study who he is and see where he's going and understand that along the way he's gotten better each year, it's easy to look forward and see where he'll be one, two years from now.
All the markers are there. A huge growth spurt midway through your high school career that changes you from a backcourt to a frontcourt player is a big deal. He has the body and look of a guy who is young for his age group. He hasn't had his coming out party yet. He's being graded on the fact that he's making steady progress, his physical attributes are there and his size will be there for him. And you definitely look at him down the road -- there's just so much raw material there.
If you're looking for that "signature performance," he hasn't had one yet. But that's okay because, again, you're talking about a guy who has the signs and the markers of being a really big prospect. He's got kind of a gregarious personality and is coming out of his shell a bit. He's the guy who a year from now you'd expect the ‘wow' factor.
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