HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYER PROFILE (MARK VITAL)

MARK VITAL

 

#78 RANKED PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2016)

STAR RANKING: 4 STARS

HEIGHT: 6’6″

WEIGHT: 220 POUNDS

AGE: 18 YEARS OLD

POSITION: SMALL FORWARD/POWER FORWARD

HIGH SCHOOL: ADVANCED PREP INTERNATIONAL IN TEXAS

CHOSE BAYLOR OVER: SIGNED IN 2013, HAD NUMEROUS OFFERS

PLAYER SUMMARY: Baylor had a 22-win season in 2015-16, although it ended with a disappointing loss to Yale in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Head Coach Scott Drew has done a very good job since becoming head coach. Although the Bears lose star SF Taurean Prince, Drew landed a player who he hopes will eventually make up for the loss of the 2016 NBA first round pick.

After evaluating Mark Vital’s overall game, we came away impressed. We have one word to describe Vital. EXPLOSIVE. Of all the players we have evaluated for the class of 2016, he is one of the top 3 athletes we have seen. There aren’t too many high school kids in any sport that have Vital’s athletic ability. It surely is elite. However, for Baylor and their fans, he is more than just an athlete. He happens to be a very good basketball player.

The 4-star recruit is considered a “combo” forward, who has the ability to play the SF and PF positions. We like his ability on the wing, where he can use his athletic ability to drive and make plays for himself and teammates. He is phenomenal when attacking the rim. He is a solid and well built 215-220 pounds, which allows him to finish through contact very well. His strength will not be a factor as he enters college, which is a problem for many freshmen coming straight from high school.

Vital showed us the ability to hit the mid-range jumper. He will need to continue to expand his range. He is such a premier athlete where opposing defenders will lay off to defend his penetration if the jump-shot doesn’t continue to improve. For someone who might be playing PF at some point in college, his ball-handling and passing skills are 2 attributes that are above-average. He shows the ability to be a willing passer.

The future Bear is a very good rebounder, which should translate to the college level, even if he is playing the PF position. We really like his toughness and aggressive attitude while rebounding as well as overall. We like players who are aggressive rather than passive, and Vital shows aggressiveness every time he takes the floor. This should endear him to Scott Drew, as past Baylor teams have sometimes been labeled as soft.

Mark Vital will be seeing time at the SF and PF position during his Baylor career. Normally, we would have concerns about a PF who only stands 6’6″. We don’t have that concern with him. Because of his athletic ability, aggressiveness, toughness, and other attributes, we believe he can be a small PF and do well.

However, in time and as his jump-shot improves, we firmly believe he will end up being a SF, and a very good one. He has natural, athletic gifts that you can’t teach. While the loss of Taurean Prince is a huge blow, Vital can help soften the loss. Vital is a play who should see the floor early and often during his freshmen campaign and should end up being a positive contributor for the Bears. He is only tipping the surface of his potential.

        

BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF MARK VITAL

What position do you believe Vital will play more when at Baylor?

PF or SF?

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