Sleeper Report: Mike Thorne Jr (Charlotte)

Mike Thorne Jr Charlotte Basketball

By James Blackburn

Game Scouted: Charlotte vs Tulsa

Charlotte wins 90-86 (OT)
Box Score

Mike Thorne (C, 6’11”, SO)

24 min, 5-7 FG, 3-11 FT, 11 reb, 13 TP

Loves to go over his left shoulder in the post where he has a couple of go-to back to the basket moves. These include a reliable right hook and an up and under. Can score with contact inside. Did a good job tonight of passing out of the post to open shooters and cutters.
Has a soft touch and huge hands.
Does a decent job of protecting the rim. Good one on one post defender. Good core strength. Rebounding is probably his strongest skill set at this point where he does an excellent job on both ends. His combination of size and strength is tough for opponents to deal with.

Poor left hand. Doesn’t run the floor extremely well.
Inconsistent from the FT line where he shoots a shade over 50% for the year. He shoots his FT’s with 1 hand and it’s a constant guess if its going in or not.

Is averaging 10 ppg and 7 rpg per game on the season. Is a redshirt Sophomore after sitting out his freshman year. One of the most impressive players on the floor tonight. Is having a good season, but has potential to get better over the next couple of years. I don’t see him having much NBA potential, but its hard to tell because 6’11” kids don’t grow on trees. Is a pro prospect for sure if he continues to stay injury free. Is a player worth tracking to see how high the level he plays will be.

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