H: 6' 8"|
W: 225 lbs
(24 Years Old)
|RSCI: 136 ||
High School: Abraham Lincoln
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Playing in a game with top prospects Lance Stephenson and Demarcus Cousins, it was surprisingly James Padgett (unranked, Scout, Rivals, ESPN) who stole the show, impressing with his tenacious motor, athleticism, and intriguing post game. At 6'8, he's undersized for a power forward, but makes up for it with his explosiveness and length.
Padgett's offensive game relies heavily on his post-up game, where he has a strong array of moves with a very good grasp of counter-moves, scoring in a variety of ways here. He spins away from or into his man, he finishes with his left and right hand, he utilizes dropsteps and turnaround jumpers, and he shows a good command of fakes. In addition to his post-up game, Padgett was a terror on the boards, pulling in 8 offensive rebounds on the game and scoring with finesse and power on put-back opportunities. On the downside, despite getting to the line 5 times this game, he only made 1 free throw, illustrating a likely problem area in his game.
Outside of the painted area, Padgett didn't show much here, and developing a mid-range jumper should be among his priorities, as at 6'8, it'd help him out to have a perimeter game to complement his inside game.
Defensively, Padgett was active, making one nice block in the lane, while also not getting scored on much as his opponent Demarcus Cousins was to intent to settle for perimeter shots rather than posting him up. Padgett bodied him up and was extremely physical with him, frustrating him immensely with his toughness and tenacity.
Looking forward, Padgett should be able to contribute fairly quickly for Maryland as a garbage-type player, but his long-term potential will likely depend on him developing a more polished skill-set.