6’5" or 6’6" raw guy with physical upside. Best offer appears to be SMU.
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Based just on highlights alone, I like his film more than Ibi if we are being honest…
Just looked up his stats: looks like he averaged 11.5 points and 7 rebounds as a senior, shooting 41% from the field and only 25% from three. From his highlights, I would have thought a better percentage from three. Appears that he shot 40% from distance as a junior, however.
Michigan getting a visit from 2016 wing named Baruti. He has not profile on 247, but at least is a 3 star to rivals. Looks to have some athleticsm, but not much in the way of offers. This is pretty much what I expected we would be in on at this point, I’m guessing he probably gets offered and commits.
I posted this over on Mgoblog too, but:
He reminds me of a slightly more skilled…Aubrey Dawkins. Solid shooter, high flier. His lateral movement didn’t wow me, but it didn’t seem atrocious either. So he could be a better defender than Aubrey was. Handle needs tightening for sure. I wouldn’t weep and gnash my teeth if offered, but I feel like I would rather take this kind of player as a grad transfer if one is available. We have a solid shot at some 2017 guys (plus time for more to emerge). Might be better banking it for that class and use the open spot for a grand transfer rather than commit to a four year player this late.
If we go with a freshman, I’d rather go for someone with a higher ceing like Kosta Long Greek Last Name.
Well he has athleticism and definitely has played legit competition. If he has any real motor and some appetite to play D… I am down
Junior highlights too
Well he can dunk.
Poor man’s version of GR3? Slasher/Rebounder/Defender.
His shooting form doesn’t look too bad, just needs more touch and a little work at the release.
I like any upgrade in athleticism we can get.
Apparently he’s only played one year of organized basketball, which could help explain the dearth of offers: https://vantagehoops.sportngin.com/news_article/show/578637?referrer_id=1103687
Written in the fall which means this would be his second.
According to these stats he shot only 25% from 3 as a senior but did shoot 40% as a junior. 2 pt fg% seems less than stellar (48% and 45%). 11pts and 7rbs as a senior, 10 and 5 as a junior.
Looking up some his numbers as well, not great from three. Huge volume in terms of shots and just a 43% shooter at the rim. Hard to make a lot of sense out of the HS stats and looks like they’ve played some good competition. For example, I bet MAAR’s FG% at the rim was low in HS just because he took so many shots.
He definitely gets to the basket though, roughly half of his shot attempts within 5 feet.
Kid physically and athletically looks the part. He’s already more physically mature than the two wings who just transferred out. If we are going to make a late 2016 add, i’d much prefer this mold to another shooter. A guy who can contribute early as an athlete and hopefully develop the offensive game later. Also liked that he seemed to play with some attitude.
He seems to fit a need from an athletic standpoint, but the skills are awfully raw. I don’t see him helping too much in 2016, but he still might be worth an offer. I don’t like the idea of banking both schollies with the way we have been striking out on our top targets over the last few years.
If you’re saying he’s only played organized ball for two years I’m all for the offer. But still need a grad transfer/instant impact guy for the wing next year. This doesn’t solve that.
If they are going to use one of the slots for 16 on a 4yr ship, I really hope they don’t swing and miss. He would need to be Maar quality or better to take him over a grad transfer and still look back positively on it. If he gets minutes in 16, I could be convinced, but grad transfers/banking for 17 seem the safer route.
Question in general and specific to this kid. Why does it seem so difficult for a player to develop a better handle?
With players like Zach and Dawkins these guys have/had loose handles. I would think this is one of the easiest things to develop. Is it a lot harder than I am thinking?
It seems that Baruti is from Lumbumbashi in Congo (the Democratic Republic one), which probably explains the 2 years of organized ball thing—2 years in the USA at any rate because he seems to have played in his hometown also.