Charles Bassey, 6'10, PF/C, St. Anthony High School, Nigeria, 2000Strengths:
-Outstanding physical tools. Great frame. Extremely long arms. Huge standing reach
-Fluid athlete. Quick off his feet.
-Can handle the ball in a straight line
-Shows potential as a shooter. Stroke isn't broke. Has soft touch
-Terrific rebounder. Nose for the ball. Competitive and goes out of his area regularly on both ends of the floor
-Finishes impressively around the basket thanks to his length
-Has the tools to be an outstanding defenderWeaknesses:
-Hasn't reached his full athletic potential yet. More fluid than explosive at this stage.
-Skill-level is still catching up to his raw tools. Lacks experience even relative to other players his age
-Had a number of unforced errors in the game (6 turnovers in 24 minutes). Seems to still be figuring out his niche on the basketball court.
-Doesn't know how to play defense at this stage, like most players his age. Very upright in his stance. Doesn't give you much off the ball
-Very right hand dominant
-Does most of his damage around the basket at this stage. Plays primarily at the 5 but shows some potential to possibly playing facing the rim. Shoots somewhat of a push shot with a violent wrist snap. Has a ways to go to become a shooterOutlook:
Had an up and down game, struggling badly in the first half before coming alive in the second and finishing with 14 points and 12 rebounds (2 turnovers, 6 assists). Has only been in the States for less than a year but is already getting quite a bit of attention on a national level. Extremely impressive on first glance. Oozing with raw talent. Has a long ways to go to bring it all together, but has great tools, a competitive streak, nice instincts, and a budding skill level, which is a great combination for someone his age who just emigrated from Nigeria.