A Look At The Individual Game Of Brian Oliver

Reporter Mike Sullivan has the story on Playaz swingman Brian Oliver ...

Brian Oliver is a player that is likely to get better down the road as his physical skills improve. And, according to his former AAU coach, Jimmy Salmon, Georgia Tech is a great place for him to play the next level of basketball.

"He's a Paul Hewitt type of player," Salmon said. "He's big, can make shots, and is athletic."

Oliver, a 6-foot-7, 216-pound swingman from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, made a verbal commitment to Hewitt on Saturday while competing with the Playaz senior team at the Rumble in the Bronx (held on the campus of Fordham University).

"He's as tough as nails," said Salmon.

Brian has long arms and is willing to dive into traffic to retrieve loose balls and rebounds.

Oliver, who previously attended William Penn High School in New Castle, Pennsylvania, had been favoring Georgia Tech for a while. He was ready to make his decision on Saturday morning when we spoke to him.

"I like Coach Hewitt a lot," he said. "I like the way they play. I feel I can come in and help out. I just have to work hard."

A rising senior, Oliver had previously mentioned interest in West Virginia.

Below are some previous evaluations regarding Brian Oliver's game:

FRANK MANTESTA'S VIEW OF BRIAN OLIVER'S INDIVIDUAL GAME: STRENGTHS: Brian possesses a good handle and can shoot the three-pointer. He is a great defender who can get up and block shots.

AREA TO IMPROVE: Foot speed, lateral movement. This is an area to focus on for Brian over the next year. If this particular part of his physical game improves, Brian will also be a more consistent player on the offensive side.

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