Taylor Rohde - Pinnacle High - 2008

We had a chance to see 6-9 Taylor Rohde last night agaist 4A power Saguaro High School. Here is our evaluation of the 6-9 junior...

Taylor Rohde, 6-9 JR P Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle High School


Rohde is Arizona State bound after committing to the Sun Devils last June.  Last night we had a chance to see Rohde square off against 4A powerhouse Saguaro High School.


With a great frame, and good feet and hands, Rohde has the potential to be an elite prospect. He can play facing the basket and wants to be able to utilize his natural talent to shoot the ball.


Rohde has increased his strength and bulked up over the last 6 months.  He can finish in traffic and has the spring to keep the ball alive on the offensive glass.  An array of post moves makes him hard to guard, even against bigger more athletic defenders. 


Taylor's ball skills are better than average for a 6-9 player.  He can stroke it from 3, or bounce and shoot it from 15ft.  He understands his position, and rarely forces the action. 


He has great hands, and gets to the ball quick. 


Defensively he has a presence inside the paint and alters shots. He gets a hand on interior passes and his anticipation going to the ball makes him more dominating on the defensive end.


He needs increased foot speed and lateral quickness, which will make him more effective at the next level.  Another year of athletic development and a summer in the weight room makes him one of the top inside-out West Coast prospects in 2008.


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