Prospect Report: Charles Bassey (Western Kentucky)

Game Scouted: Charlotte vs WKU

WKU wins 68-50

Charles Bassey, 6’11”, 245 lbs, C, FR

Stats- 21 min, 11 pts, 5 reb, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 3 TO, 2 PF

Strengths

Pro size, strength, and athleticism. Good athlete. Sets wide screens. Showed good hands and the ability to catch and make a play on the roll. Rolls hard when high hands.

Showed the ability to face up in the low post and hit the 12-15’ jump shot. Doesn’t look great but hit it with consistency. Showed some nice touch on a made 3 from the top of the keys. Ball has good arc and rotation especially for a player of his size.

Does a nice job sealing his man inside and showing a target hand. Uses good lower body strength to get position inside. Shows flashes of solid footwork in the post. Go to move is spin move.

Capable of defending the pick and roll in a variety of ways. Underrated lateral quickness, uses length to contain ball.  Solid shot blocker who uses both timing and terrific length to block and impact shots.

Weaknesses –

How consistent is his motor or effort on both ends? Should run the floor better. Should keep arms wider and show wingspan more- keeps hands down too much.

Not an elite rebounder. Allows himself to be boxed out too easily. Needs to communicate better.

Had a few freshman moments like when recovering to the roll man on PnR defense or when he could of gone for the block shot but didn’t.

Playing out of the double team is inconsistent and his passing is not very good.

Outlook 

There is a lot to like from the big man from Nigeria form an NBA perspective. His size, athleticism, and strength translate. He is still a bit raw offensively but shows the willingness to shoot the ball even out to 3 which they will like in the modern NBA and he rolls hard to keep the floor balanced. His rim protection is also important and his overall game will continue to improve-  has good upside.

He is listed as a top 20 pick in most mock drafts, but I wouldn’t use a first round pick on him, is worth a 2nd round pick however. While he does have good athleticism, size, and length, I dont feel like any of those are elite enough to garner being a 1st round pick. 

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