Mike Schmitz is the video analyst for DraftExpress. Follow him on twitter and check out his archive. He will be breaking down the NBA draft in digital format all year long for us. [Read Full Article] 2015 Nike Hoop Summit Final Recap April 11, 2015 Cheick Diallo – 12 PTS, 6 REBS (3 offensive), 3 blocks, 5-for-9 FGs in 16 min
The 6' 9” big man only played 16 minutes after starting the game, but made a few impressive plays as a finisher, offensive rebounder and shot blocker that make it easy to see him as a high-motor, energy big man in the NBA. He blocked three of the US Team's 12 shots, finished a big dunk in transition, and showed good activity on the offensive glass. On the flip side, Diallo forced up a bad shot in the lane, got the rebound and missed another tough, highly contested left handed jump hook. Although his feel for the game and offensive skill level leave much to be desired, Diallo's 7' 4” wingspan, motor and fluidity should make him a highlight reel at the college level. [Read Full Article] 2015 Nike Hoop Summit Video Interview: Cheick Diallo April 10, 2015 An interview with highly touted 2015 center prospect Cheick Diallo of the World Select Team at the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit.
At 6-9, Diallo is definitely the size of a power forward, and it might be difficult for him to play the center position his skill-set is best suited for offensively. He's also very light at the moment at just 220 pounds, having only gained two pounds since our last measurement this past summer. Players like Anthony Davis and Larry Sanders had similar frames at the same age, so there is still plenty of time for him to continue to fill out once he hits a college weight room. Not only is his 7-4 wingspan absolutely gigantic, he also has a terrific 9-1 standing reach. His measurements are similar to those of Taj Gibson who weighed in at 214 points with a 6'9.75 frame, a 7'4 wingspan and a 9'1 standing reach at the NBA Draft Combine in 2009. [Read Full Article]