Double Pump VIDEO: Scouting Ben Koné

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ben Koné goes off for 26 points as the Oakland Soldiers romp to a win, and in doing so, impresses a clutch of Pac-12 coaches sitting in the stands. What were they so impressed with? Take a look for yourself.

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When we last saw San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty’s Ben Koné a year ago, he was playing for the Oakland Soldiers 15U team, and was all elbows and knees. Since then, he’s gained 20 pounds of muscle and two inches of altitude, and he’s becoming a force to be reckoned with both inside and outside.

The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Koné showed off very physical play in the low post this weekend for the Oakland Soldiers 16U team, while also hitting several three-pointers and playing well in transition. Koné moves well in transition, and can run the floor extremely well for a player his size. He’s only going to get bigger and stronger, and if he keeps his flexibility and athleticism, he’s a four-star in the making, easily.

There wasn't a false note in Koné’s game when watched him this weekend, when he scored a game-high 26 points against Pump-N-Run on Saturday. He is far from unsure of himself, is very aggressive and has great court vision for his size and position. He doesn't look awkward shooting the three ball, like other players his size or age do, and he has remarkable body awareness and very good body control. The one quibble I had with his game is that he’s a wee bit stiff on defense, but he is still a very enthusiastic rebounder on both ends of the court.

Koné isn’t afraid to bang down low, and the best part about that propensity is that he’s money on his foul shots. He didn’t miss one that I saw on Saturday.

After his first game on Saturday, Koné – who was watched by California, Oregon, Nevada, San Francisco and San Diego State – said that the Ducks, Oregon State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Montana and the Golden Bears were speaking frequently with him, and it’s hard to think he won’t get a lot more attention after the open period is over.

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