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Edrice "Bam" Adebayo

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Name: Edrice "Bam" Adebayo



Season: Freshman

ESPN High School Ranking: 5 (2016)

Birthdate: July 18, 1997 (19)

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey

Family: Parents were Nigerian immigrants.

High School: High Point Christian Academy


- 2016 North Carolina Mr. Basketball

- 2016 USA Today All-USA Third Team

- 2016 McDonald's All-American

- 2016 Jordan Brand Classic

Twitter: IamBam13_

Instagram: Bam1of1

Height: 6'10

Weight: 258

Wingspan: 7'1.5

Standing Reach: 9'0

No Step Vert: 33.5

Max Vert: 39.5

Body Fat %: N/A

Injury History: 

Suffered high ankle sprain (predicted to be Grade 2) in June - injury can take 6 weeks up to a few months to heal

- injury has healed and his play has not been affected by it

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Always smiling 

- Die hard Katy Perry fan 

- Nicknamed "Bam Bam" after flipping a coffee table while watching The Flintstones at age 1

- Started playing in Grade 6/7

- Describes himself as a bad loser - his competitiveness shows on the court

Freshman Season Stats: Through 8 games

- 12 PPG

- 8.3 RPG

- 1 APG

- 1.9 BPG

- 52% FG

- 67% FT


- 1st in offensive rebounds and offensive rebound percentage in the SEC in 2016-17

- 2nd in offensive rating in the SEC in 2016-17

Position: C/PF

Greatest Strength: Shot blocking and Switchability

Greatest Weakness: Offensive skills

Athleticism: 8

Aggression: 8

Speed: 8

Strength: 8

Lateral Movement: 9

Basketball IQ: 7

Switchability: 9

3 point shooting: N/A

Jumpshot: 5

Ability to finish at the rim: 8

Post moves: 6

Handle: 5

Passing: 5

Rebounding: 8

Motor: 8

Touch: 6

Hands: 8

On ball defense: 8

Help defense: 8

Steals: 4

Blocks: 8

Pick and Roll: 

- Will be a great pick-and-roll defender as he can show, has long arms to stop guard from shooting, and then can recover 

- Can legitimately switch and guard PGs

- Offensively, can pick and pop or roll and finish with either alley-oop (good jumping ability) or post move - he is trustworthy rolling because he has good hands

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

-  Very active player 

- Has a nose for the ball

- Good help defender - can show and recover and also a very good shot blocker

- Could become an elite NBA rebounder, especially offensively

- Can cover quick guards on the perimeter, great footwork and athleticism for his size

- Good hands - and rebounds with both hands

Game Analysis: 

- vs. Arizona State

- #5 Obinna Oleka

- #33 Ramon Vila

- #44 Kodi Justice

- Catch and shoot FT line jumper - hits

- Pick and roll, boxes out help, catches and dunks

- Good movement for a big guarding on the perimeter - twice in a row got stop, one time staying infront of man, other time got beat to hoop but altered shot

- Offensive tip-in missed

- After Kentucky gets steal under Arizona State net he fills the open lane and gets dunk, and 1 - FT 1/1

- Good contest on the 3 point line

- Very impressive offensive rebound - great boxout and athletic - reaches one handed very high and grabs it

- Great strongside help block 

- Creates another opportunity - good hops and tipout

- Offensive rebound and dunk - good hands and again nose for the ball

- Another offensive rebound over 2 players, then finds Fox cutting for a dunk

- Incredible defense on Tra Holder, stopped the drive and forced a pass

- High-low assist for a layup against the zone

- Blocked shot called goaltending - Still impressive, skied to block the shot

- Missed FT line jumper

- Catches high post in zone - good find to shooter at right 45 for open 3

- Stuck with guard driving at end of half and blocked shot

- Incredible defense on perimeter again defending Tra Holder - has not given up a basket in 4 opportunities guarding guards

- Transition alley-oop lost ball through hands

- Offensive rebound, fouled going back up - FTs 1/2

- Catches on left block, deep post positioning, turns middle and floats it in over defender

NBA Comparison: Better Bismack Biyombo/Gorgui Dieng

Current Ability: 6.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 7.5

Projected Draft Spot: Mid-late 1st Round

Opinion: Adebayo has a rare combination of skills. He is a strong rebounder, especially offensively, and is a very good shotblocker and help defender. He can pop out to 15 feet, but has room to improve his consistency and mechanics. His post moves are poor as he catches deep in the post consistently but does not finish often. I don't agree with the common Dwight Howard comparison, but I do agree he will find a way to score points without a polished offensive skillset, much like Dwight. He has good hands to catch and finish around the rim. Most importantly, Adebayo can guard almost every position. Adebayo should become a good defender in the NBA and any added offense he provides will simply be a bonus.