By James Blackburn
(C, 6’10”, SR)
Game Scouted: Yale at Wake Forest
9-21 FG, 2-3 FT, 12 reb, 3 blk, 20 TP, 36 min
Good size/build. Moves well for size and can run the floor. Played a team-high 36 minutes – unusual for the center to lead team in minutes. He is well-conditioned. Very good rebounder on both ends – active on offensive boards. Wake struggled to keep him off the boards early. Good shooting touch.
Struggled with his 3 ball today, going 0-5 from beyond the arc- but shot looks fluid and is consistent. He is shooting about 30% from 3 for the season after shooting about 36% from 3 last year. Shot a contested 3 off a jab step move in first few minutes that looked solid especially for his size. Good FT shooter as well. Loves the turn around jump shot from post- nice touch- made one from each shoulder this game. Showed ability at end of game to score over the double team. Main offensive weapon on a 8-3 Yale team. Had a nice weak side block with 13 minutes to go in first half, where he covered a lot of ground to block the shot. Finished with 3 blocks for the game.
Needs to continue to improve back-to-basket offensive game. Showed a nice turn around jumper, but need to see more. I felt like he fell in love with the perimeter a little too much against Wake Forest tonight, and shot too many perimeter shots instead of going to the post. He settled. Brought his man over into a teammates driving lane early in the game – bad spacing/positioning – should have stayed or gone over the top. Needs to improve body language – was jawing with fans or arguing with officials through out game. Also showed bad emotions, poor attitude when things were not going his way. Needs to set better screens – lower, harder – must improve in that area.
This is the first time I have seen Greg play. He impressed me overall. A 6’10” post that moves well and can shoot, you do not see this everyday. Played for Team USA at the 2011 World University Games in China and was second on the team in blocked shots. Is averaging 17.3 ppg and 9 rpg. Also leads team in blocks and minutes played per game.
He got shaken up/injured with 8:40 left in game and came back in about a minute later. Was quiet offensively most of latter part of second half, but came alive at end, to lead his team back into the game.
I was impressed with Mangano performance today against a long and athletic Wake Forest team. He was able to score and rebound over two 7’ from Wake and Travis McKie, who is one of the best rebounders in the ACC. I think he is talented enough to warrant a few invitations for workouts at the end of the season for NBA teams. Would not be surprised to see him play summer league and with a good performance earn his way to a training camp invite. Will probably end up in D league or overseas.
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