Deng Gak, 6' 10, Center, 18.2 years old, Australia, Class of 2017
-A legit 6'10. Possibly taller. Seems to have grown since the last time we saw him
-Very skinny at the moment, but has a frame that is well proportioned and should fill out in the long term
-Long arms and big standing reach
-Quick off his feet. Can play above the rim with his length reach
-Raw offensively, but drops glimpses of intriguing potential that could be harnessed into more than that long term, especially with his face-up game
-Has a high release point on his jumper and sound shooting mechanics. Will make an occasional mid-range jumper with soft touch
-Shows the ability to put the ball on the ground in a straight line from the high post
-Uses both hands around the basket effectively
-Has some footwork in the post
-Doesn't always know what he's doing, but can move his feet and cover ground defensively
-Can contest shots on the perimeter
-Frame is still very thin, which affects him significantly on both ends of the floor
-Doesn't handle contact that well inside the paint at the moment. Struggles to finish through contact around the rim. Not always strong with the ball. Hands are average. Gets balls stripped from him too easily
-Lacks a degree of toughness and explosiveness as a finisher in traffic. Partially due to his lack of strength
-Doesn't always know his limitations offensively. Decision making can be questionable. Has an 12/39 assist to turnover ratio in 29 games in the DX database
-Doesn't protect the rim at a high rate right now. Has blocked just 14 shots in 387 minutes in the DX database (one every 27 minutes).
-Doesn't have great fundamentals or awareness defensively
-Will get overpowered or run over by stronger players in the post or on the perimeter. Can improve his stance
-Motor comes and goes. Reaches aimlessly. Takes himself out of plays. Still figuring out the nuances of being a good defender.
-A project on both ends of the floor
Outlook Born in Cairo, Deng Gak is a raw 18-year old South Sudanese big man (via Sydney, Australia) who has made significant strides every time we've seen him the past two years. Still at an early stage of his development skill-wise and physically, but has huge potential to continue to grow based on the flashes he shows. Getting recruited at the highest levels of college basketball, and for good reason.