|Team: Poitiers, International|
H: 6' 9"|
W: 210 lbs
(16 Years Old)
Current: SF/PF |
Hometown: Conakry, Guinea
Bogdan Karaicic takes a closer look at Sekou Doumbouya's 21-point performance against Lille in the French second division (Pro B). He saw significant time being matched up with former NBA player DeQuan Jones (University of Miami) in this particular outing.
Doumbouya just turned 16 years old last month, but is nevertheless holding his own in a professional league against grown men. He's been on an especially impressive run the past two games, scoring 37 points in a span of 56 minutes, shooting 15/26 from the field (5/6 3P). He is considered by many to be arguably the top prospect in European basketball along with Real Madrid's Luka Doncic.
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Sekou Doumbouya, 6'9", 15.9 years old, SF/PF, INSEP/Poitiers, France
-Physical specimen. Has a huge frame and super long arms. Big hands. Reportedly around 6'9 in shoes and 227 pounds
-Very good athlete. Quick off his feet. Shifty with his movement.
-Length and explosiveness allows him to finish impressively from extreme vantage points. Barely needs to jump to dunk
-Aggressive and instinctive scorer. Averaged 25 points per-40 at U18s, third best at the tournament, on solid efficiency (58% TS%)
-Extremely advanced for his age with his ability to create offense. Goes left and right with power. Shows advanced footwork. Gets to the basket off one powerful dribble and stride from the 3-point line.
-Can use crossovers to create space and get to the rim in a straight line off a change of speed
-Got to the free throw line 9.4 times per-40 at the U18s
-Can post up with good footwork. Not afraid to use his body in the post. Was able to overpower opponents over two years older than him at this tournament
-Length, instincts and quickness allows him to come up with rebounds, blocks and steals. Can defend when he wants to
-Will throw in an occasional spot-up 3-pointer that leads you to believe his jumper can be harnessed into a weapon in time. Made 73% of his free throws at the U18s. Can even make an off the dribble jumper occasionally
-Already physically mature. Not much room left there for growth. Hips are on the wider side. Will need to be careful with his frame as he has a body that can put on weight quickly it appears. Appeared to be in good, not great shape physically at U18s. Struggled towards the end of the tournament. Conditioning is a work in progress
-Not a great passer at this stage. Posted a 3/25 assist to turnover ratio at the U18s.
-Has great tools, but still figuring out how to maximize his defensive potential. Has poor fundamentals. Doesn't really sit down in a stance. Takes plays off at times
-Gets called for a lot of borderline travels, needs to clean up his footwork.
-Very streaky shooter at this point. Career 15/58 3-point shooter (26%) in 23 games. Doesn't shoot it the same way every time. Tends to shoot a crazy high arching moon-ball style jumper.
Outlook: Arguably the best long-term prospect seen at the tournament. Didn't turn 16 until a day after the Final. Born in Guinea in North Africa. Moved to France with his family when he was six years old. Went through a lengthy process to acquire his French passport, which delayed his appearance for the national team. Only acquired it weeks before the event tipped. Splitting time between the INSEP Academy and Poitiers in Pro B France. Already a tremendous talent, and has quite a bit he can still improve on in terms of his shooting, passing and defense to become an even more complete player.