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Sagana Diop out of Oak Hill Academy High School
College: Oak Hill Academy High School
Height: 7'-0"
Weight: 305
Class: N/A
Birth Date: January 30, 1983
Age: 37 years, 242 days old
HomeTown: Dakar, Senegal
NBA Comparison: Notes on Sagana Diop
De Sagana Diop (pronounced JOP) has only been in the United States for a year and a half and knew little about the game then. The 7-foot, 300+ pounder has gotten a lot of attention since. Came off the bench when he came to the U.S. and quickly got the starting role, averaging 11.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 5.6 blocks a game as a junior. His averages as a senior increased to 14.6 points, 13.2 rebounds and 8.1 blocks a game as a senior as NBA and college scouts started coming to every one of his games.
Strengths of Sagana Diop
At 7-feet and over 300 pounds, Diop is an intimidating presence in the middle. Excellent shot blocker and rebounder. A legitimate center. Has a 90" wingspan. A good turnaround jumper up to 15-feet and developing a hook shot. Not a bad passer out of the double team. Isn't cemented to the floor -- athletic and will get out and run. Fast learner.
Weaknesses of Sagana Diop
Needs to get in better shape and could use significant conditioning. Though his offensive game is developing, the NBA is a tough place to find a consistent scoring game and as a result, Diop could be a sink or swim type project.
Diop on the Rockets?
Kelvin Cato isn't a serviceable 5, and he's not a 4, 3, 2 or 1 either -- he's a zero. Thus a center for the future could still be on the minds of the Rockets' brass. In today's Shaq-dominated post, there are premiums on behemoths like Diop. Will Houston get high enough to select him? Not likely.