YOUSSOUPHA BIRIMA FALL
WEIGHT: 271 lbs
SCHOOL/ TEAM: Poiters Basket 86 (France)
Youssapha Fall is a French big with some upside. He does a good job of keeping the ball high when he catches in traffic. For a guy his size (7'4") he's pretty mobile as he can get to his spots in PNR and he runs the floor in transition. Fall shows goodntouch around the basket and even in traffic. He's got a future as a rim protector.
He's too big to whiff on so many screens. Fall doesn't always use his length to his advantage on defense as he gets caught with his hands down. Run into his chest and he loses all verticality. His defensive IQ still needs a lot of work. Does he have the foot speed to defend in high PNR? He's going to have a hard time defending stretch bigs.
Keeps the ball high
Runs the floor and ducks in
Good touch around the basket
Good mobility in PNR offense
AREAS OF CONCERN:
Whiffs on screens
Doesn't always use his length on defense
Does he have the footspeed to defend fast guards in PNR
Feel for the game on defense
JAMES BARLOWE - APRIL 26, 2017