2022 NBA Draft Scouting Notebook: January Edition

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2022 NBA Draft Scouting Notebook: January Edition

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2022 NBA Draft Scouting Notebook: January Edition

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Christian Koloko: Arizona Junior Center

Strengths:

  • 7’1″ size with a reported 7’4″-7’5″ wingspan, massive frame makes him look league ready, great at running the floor, explodes off two feet, excellent second jump 
  • Great interior finisher as expected, finishes every lob, can finish over a crowd, athleticism pops in the dunker spot, finishes through contact like it’s nothing 
  • Relatively polished back to the basket game, simple but effective footwork, nice right shoulder hook shot, great at sealing off his man for post position, has really soft touch  
  • Can set hard screen or slip out and roll, a lot more mobile/agile as a roll man than you’d think, much improved free throw shooter as he shoots 73% from the line
  • Elite shot blocker, pretty mobile for his size, ball screen versatility, can drop and recover, hedge and keep the handler in front, disciplined and keeps arms vertical  

Weaknesses: 

  • No semblance of an offensive game outside of the paint, non-threat as a shooter, no floor spacing value, no face-up jumper either, large amount of offense is play finishing 
  • Despite his hulking size he’s not a very good rebounder, averages less than five defensive rebounds per game, not as active on the glass as he should be 
  • Non-threat as a passer, lots of inaccurate passes, can’t make plays for others off the short roll, lots of inaccurate passes, issue because he can’t capitalize off an advantage 
  • Self-created scoring game is still limited, lots of his best flashes as a back to the basket scorer came against weaker opponents, still needs more polish as a post player 
  • Bites on fakes at the rim way too much, not an issue in college due to his length but it will be in the NBA, relies on length instead of timing when he rotates to the rim 

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