KHALIFA DIOP

BIRTHDATE: 1/15/02

POSITION: Center

HEIGHT: 6'11"

WEIGHT: 230

SCHOOL/ TEAM: Gran Canaria (Spain)

CLASS: International 

STATS

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STRENGTHS

  • Ideal size, frame and length for an NBA center

  • Good athlete with solid footwork and low post skills

  • Soft touch around the rim

  • Shows polish and patience on the block 

  • Underrated passing instincts and feel for the game

  • Threw a behind the back pass in transition 

  • Effective finisher around rim 

  • Plays hard, fights to establish low post position 

  • Runs the floor in transition 

  • Upside as a shooter inside 15 feet 

  • Draws a lot of fouls 

  • Averaged 14, 9 and 2 assists on 50% FG at FIBA U19s

  • Some straight line ball handling skills in space 

AREAS TO IMPROVE | CONCERNS

  • Tendency to load up on jumps around rim 

  • Brings ball down low offensive rebound putbacks

  • Right hand dominant; no left hand 

  • Does not have strong hands; bobbles passes

  • Weak hands impact his finishing as a cutter

  • Still a little raw and developing

  • Decision making out as the roll man

Rafael Barlowe - November 1, 2021