Nice interview/breakdown from back in February. Seems like a smart kid, willing to learn. Extremely self aware which could be good for his development.
Yeah I loved that video. Humble, analyzing the game, learning what he can do and what he should do. The coaching staff is going to love a player like this. Again I want the team to have a true big man coach to teach some low post footwork and fundamentals. he needs a move or two so he doesn't have to rely on the jab-step to a fadey one leg J when he is in traffic like that. But he has the balance and spin move to begin to string a few countermoves together and really be a danger down there. Plus he looks like his body will build serious strength when he gets a chance to work on it as a full time year round job.
But yeah: The fact that he saw it as a revelation that you need to clear your man on the box out, find him and move him off his spot, shows me that he has been getting by mostly on raw athletic potential more than fundamentals. And he understands that. He seems like the sort who is going to soak up any lesson you can give him, he's eager to understand. That may be why he is still thinking the game a step slow out there, cerebral more than instinctive, but once he gets it I think he is the sort who will suddenly put it all together and understand he belongs.
Seems like the exact sort of raw material that a coach like Wes can really work with. One thing I do like, we only added one raw player this draft so the staff can really devote individual attention to him. Deni is learning fast, Rui is starting to figure it out, but Kispert and Huff are seniors, they know what they are supposed to be doing out there. iTodd looks like the sort who will learn in surges and plateaus. He will show flashes, then need to watch film to see why he was successful so that he can string those flashes together, and become consistently good.
But as for the raw materials: so damn long, agile, good brain, humble, hard working. At some point he seems like he's going to be a fan favorite. Shoot, maybe we can hire Rasheed as a Bigs coach, since he worked him out. OK, It sounds like Sheed is happy as a highschool coach, since he wants to give back to the community, but still, I always thought he would be a good coach. Even if he would probably get ejected a few times a season for arguing a call