Large, 7-2, FC Barcelona (Spain)
PRESEASON RANK: 23
CURRENT RANK: 81
Regardless of coming into the season with a first-round grade, Senegal’s Ibou Badji was not capable of capitalize on a number of the momentum and hype that surrounded him this time final 12 months.
Bodily, you aren’t going to seek out somebody extra intriguing than Badji, who was measured with a 7-foot-8 wingspan and 9-foot-10 standing attain at U18 NBA Global Camp in 2018. He confirmed some actual promise on the U19 World Cup in 2019, averaging 11.0 factors in addition to 8.3 rebounds and a tournament-best 5.0 blocks (!) per 36 minutes throughout his seven video games.
However he shot lower than 47.0 p.c from the sector with out even taking a three-pointer throughout any of the appearances. Sadly, his struggles to attain have since continued, averaging 5.4 factors per sport whereas taking pictures a putrid 42.9 p.c from the free-throw line for Barcelona’s junior workforce in 2019-20.
He wasn’t significantly better this season, averaging simply 7.1 factors whereas as soon as once more taking pictures lower than 50.0 p.c from the sector and fewer than 60.0 p.c from the charity stripe. His jumper was nearly a non-factor, which is forgivable for somebody his measurement, however his skill to create his personal offense even via a post-up or by slicing to the basket has been demonstrably poor.
Badji has appeared higher in a two-man sport when rolling to the basket and pairing him with an NBA pick-and-roll ball-handler might make that even higher. Throughout the uncommon occasions that all of it comes collectively, the product can look magnificent.
2002 born Ibou Dianko Badji performed his finest sport this season. Scored 19 factors however extra importantly, hit one 3-point shot and fadeaway. He was struggling to point out his great energy in tight areas however this sport is a plus for him. pic.twitter.com/nSaYcfvqAH
— Kuzey Kılıç (@Kuzeykg) February 28, 2021
However his protection will all the time be the calling card for Badji, whose block proportion (13.2 p.c) outpaced projected No. 2 choose Evan Mobley when the 2 gamers had been on the FIBA circuit.
That remained constant in 2019-20, recording a block proportion (12.7 p.c) led Spain’s second division. This season, regardless of taking part in in the identical league and by no means getting a reputable position for Barcelona’s top-tier workforce, that fee dropped to simply 8.5 p.c.
He presents sufficient bodily benefits to take an opportunity on Badji as a possible draft-and-stash flier. Nonetheless, the thought of him as a projected first-rounder (not less than if he stays on this class) is much from practical.