Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Class of 2009
Looking individually, David appears to be a little stronger on the low block. He's comfortable scoring over each shoulder and has developed a short jump hook that he can convert with either hand all around the basket and has very good low post footwork for a high school player. He has bulked up considerably over the years and has progressed to the point that he has a near college ready body and strength. Not one to put the ball on the floor all that much, he can however face-up and shoot comfortably to 17 feet and is an excellent free throw shooter.
Just like his brother, it's obvious that Travis has also done some hard work in the weight room in an effort to prepare himself physically for college. Highly skilled facing the hoop, he is a terrific passer out of the high post, can put the ball on the floor to create space for jumpers and has range that extends to the three point line even though he's become more and more judicious about firing up jumpers from deep. Like his brother, Travis also has good hands.
Perhaps the biggest concern right now is that both players tend to rely more on their skill and play a more finesse game that will have to be tweaked some in college. Playing in the ACC, it will be important that both David and Travis focus on finishing stronger around the rim. Neither is likely to ever be considered an above the rim player, but that doesn't mean they can't finish stronger. Defenders will be much quicker to the ball so it will be important that they each do a better job of using off hands and the rim to shield defenders from the ball while finishing with power lay-ups and dunks when possible.
Finally, as they've added strength it appears that each has lost a little bit of flexibility and become a little stiff in areas, particularly the hips. A person's body is going to do what it is going to do and there is little control in that regard. However, it will be important that they continue to work on their flexibility and lateral quickness.
As for David, given his strength and polished low post game it's likely that he will play at both the center and power forward slots. His ability to set up comfortably on either the right or left side of the hoop is a huge asset and he'll likely be asked to sprint the floor and set up shop in hopes of getting the ball to him for easy baskets. Because of his skill level and ability to shoot and pass from the high post, it's also likely that he'll play some four and be able to share the floor with his brother at times during their four years in Chapel Hill.
Remarkably, the duo has always remained above the fray and has refused (at least outwardly, on the floor and in interviews) to let the naysayers bring them down. Their grace in dealing with going up and down the rankings and having some not so nice things written about them as developing teenagers has been beyond impressive to this evaluator/writer.
That maturity should serve them well when they arrive in Chapel Hill. There are going to be no shortage of other qualified post players in the Tar Heel rotation and they are each going to have to fight and claw for every minute but the work ethic, skill and maturity that they'll enter college with will mean that they are equipped to compete for playing time and enjoy successful college careers.
Scouting Report: David & Travis Wear
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