Aboubakar Zaki

Height: 7'1" (216 cm)
Weight: 220 lbs (100 kg)
Position: C
Hometown: Niamey, Niger
Current Team: Roanne
Win - Loss: 10 - 9


Reebok Eurocamp Summary, Part One

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Jun 11, 2009, 01:52 am
Despite showing good height and an absolute freakish wingspan, Aboubakar Zaki had a tough time making his impact felt at this camp. Zaki came out of the gates looking like a player who has absolutely no clue what his limitations are—settling for terrible jumper after terrible jumper from the perimeter, some of which did not even hit the rim. Offensively he’s extremely limited, and defensively he wasn’t anywhere near enough of a presence to compensate for that. He rarely boxes out for rebounds, showing poor hands when one does fall his way, and seems to wildly chase blocks, even if he can be somewhat of an intimidator if his lack of strength isn’t a factor. Zaki is 21 years old and sports a frame that may not be able to carry much more weight, and thus looks like more of a prospect for Europe than he does for the NBA. He needs to get playing time and significantly improve his basketball IQ if he’s to reach his full potential.

adidas Nations Basketball Experience Notebook (Day 3+4), Part Two

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Aug 08, 2007, 10:41 pm
Aboubakar Zaki (7-1, 1988, Niger) has some intriguing characteristics about him too. He has great size and an excellent wingspan, which coupled with his solid timing and fairly decent motor, allows him to be a game-changing shot-blocking presence when he puts his mind to it. European basketball expert Yarone Arbel told us that Zaki has only been playing basketball for 3 years now, and you can tell that he’s still a work in progress in terms of figuring out how to approach every play. Sometimes you’ll see him talking to himself after he makes a mistake, asking angrily why he didn’t finish with a right-handed dunk instead of laying it up softly with his left. He clearly has a ways to go in terms of his footwork, coordination and body control. With that said, he’s not completely clueless offensively at this point in his development, as he has some touch on his hook shot and he will call for the ball aggressively at times. He even knocked down a couple of very surprising 3-pointers in one particular game, which we have to say came out of absolute nowhere. He also has a pretty nice stroke from the free throw line. He reminds a bit of Boniface N’Dong, and we can see why Nancy is putting in the time to develop him.

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