Eddie Ekiyor, 6-9, PF, Ottawa, Ontario, 2016 High School Class
Canadian big man Eddie Ekiyor undoubtedly helped himself at Nike Global Challenge and most likely vaulted himself into high-major status with some of the best college coaches in the country on hand.
Ekiyor is a physical, high-motor big man who can really rebound, move, and defend his position. Ekiyor is no dud offensively either, as he possesses soft hands and touch around the rim, and has very solid footwork for a player his age.
From a physical standpoint, Ekiyor has adequate size (6' 9 in shoes), good length (7' 1 wingspan), very wide shoulders and torso (still not overly developed but frame will fill out nicely), and is pretty light on his feet although he may not be a lob threat every time down.
Ekiyor does a nice job combining that physical profile with a high motor and tough mentality. He's physical on the boards and showed an ability to elevate and grab defensive rebounds in traffic.
Ekiyor also does a nice job defending his position, giving up little ground in the post and moving well laterally in face up situations. He can hedge and recover versus pick and roll as well, although he may not be a consistent switch and contain type of big man just yet.
On the offensive end, Ekiyor relies mostly on rim-runs, offensive rebounds, drop offs, and an occasional face up drive. Ekiyor's strength and motor shine through most on the offensive boards (4.1 per 40 minutes pace adjusted at Global Challenge), where he's able to move bodies and relentlessly pursue his own misses in the paint.
Ekiyor also does a nice job making himself available and keeping the ball high on the interior. He dives hard to the rim and can finish with either hand. He's a good, not great athlete from a vertical standpoint, but Ekiyor shouldn't have all that much trouble finishing versus length at the college level.
The Ottawa native also showed glimpses of a face-up attack game from 15 feet and in. He went to an up and under move on two different occasions, and uses his combination of mobility and strength to get where he wants out of face up situations, although it's not a consistent weapon yet as he struggles to make jumpers from mid-range spots.
All things considered, Ekiyor was a pleasant surprise and one of the more steady bigs at the Nike Global Challenge. Whichever college nabs the Canadian big man is getting a tough, mobile big who has the makings of a developing offensive game.