#7 RANKED PLAYER IN COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2016)
STAR RANKING: 5 STARS
WEIGHT: 230 POUNDS
AGE: 18 YEARS OLD
POSITION: POWER FORWARD
HIGH SCHOOL: HIGH POINT CHRISTIAN IN NORTH CAROLINA
CHOSE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY OVER: NC STATE, MISSOURI AMONG MANY OTHERS
NBA COMPARISON: ANTONIO McDYESS
PLAYER SUMMARY: The 2015-16 version of Kentucky’s front-court was not up to Head Coach John Calipari’s standards. They underachieved. So Calipari did what he does better than any other college coach in the country. Recruit. He landed Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, the 7th ranked overall prospect in the country and the number 2 ranked Power Forward, just a notch below Duke recruit Harry Giles. The North Carolina high school star is part of another fantastic Kentucky recruiting class, which also boasts guards De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, who are both ranked as top 10 recruits themselves, respectfully.
Adebayo is a very good athlete for his size and weight. While we were watching film tape of the All-American, 2 things really stood out. He shows elite shot-blocking and rebounding ability. It is a sight to behold to watch Adebayo show off these attributes. He should step right into the Wildcat’s rotation and get immediate playing time based off these 2 skills alone.
However, “Bam”has more in his overall game besides jumping and rebounding. While his offensive game is raw he does possess a nice little jump-hook, which can become a reliable weapon down the line with repetitions. He scores most of his points at the high school level on thunderous dunks. The 18-year old has very good hands for a big-man, which is a very important and underrated attribute in a front-court players’ game.
The All-American is a surprisingly good-ball handler, although he will probably not be asked to do that much dribbling while he is at Kentucky. Calipari will love the PF’s ability to run the court as he is very good in transition where he can use his athleticism to beat opposing big-men down the floor.
While we previously mentioned that he shows a potential nice jump-hook, he will need to develop his offensive game more to reach his full potential. We consider him raw as an offensive player at this stage. If he can eventually add a mid-range jump-shot into his offensive arsenal it will be very beneficial to his game.
We believe Bam Adebayo has a very nice upside. It will take time with him to be a consistent offensive player. However, with his elite defensive skills he should be a very good player for John Calipari right from the start of the 2016-17 season. He will be an immediate upgrade from the 2015-16 Kentucky’s stable of big-men. He plays with passion and will be a very nice addition to the Kentucky Wildcats roster. The rabid Kentucky fans will love his tenacity and competitiveness.
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