Covile spent his college career about as far from the radar as a player could possibly get, but made a favorable enough impression at Portsmouth to earn an invite to Orlando. And after a phenomenal 19-point performance in game 1, it appears that Covile is determined to take full advantage of the opportunity. Covile isnt going to knock anybodys socks off in the looks department, but heads started to turn as the burly PF continued to knock down jumpers throughout the morning contest. Covile scorched the nets from a variety of places, starting the game with a spot up jumper, finishing on a cut to the basket and getting fouled, and adding a nifty turnaround from the mid-post shortly thereafter. Late in the second half, he swished an NBA range 3-pointer from the top of the key.
Covile has ideal form for a roleplayer big man, with a high release and soft touch. He certainly wont blow anybody away with his athleticism, but did a good job of filling the lanes on the break and finding seams in the defense for easy opportunities around the basket. With his bulk Covile was certainly at a disadvantage athletically in this mornings game, but was able to convert a handful of post moves closer to the basket. He clearly has a solid understanding of what is happening on the court, and when to seek out high-quality opportunities for himself.
Coville is by just average size and athleticism, and probably has the game of a 5-man in and a 4s body. But he was clearly one of the best players in this mornings game, and will further cement his stock if he can continue to light it up from the outside. Whether he is able to hang on in the NBA as a roleplayer or ends up in a high-level European league, this has been a great spring for the big man. If he plays the way he did this morning over the remainder of the camp, more NBA interest will certainly head his way.