Team: HTV Hyères-Toulon
Birth Year: 1988
Accolades: French U-16 National Team (04), French U-18 National Team (05 & 06), French U-19 National Team (07).
Scouting Report: A shot-swatting beanpole from France.
Strengths: Incredible wing span – reportedly at 7’9”. A shot-blocking/shot-altering menace. Finishes well above the rim. Good hands. Can get out and run the floor. Good athlete for his size. A good passing big man. Smart player. Good at crashing offensive glass for put-back slams. Good shooter for his size – even hit a couple of three-pointers this year. Great free throw shooter.
Weaknesses: Extremely skinny and weak. Won’t be able to establish and keep good post position on offense in the NBA. Will get backed down in the post on defense. Inexperienced – only averages about 12mpg for his team in France. Still very raw.
Projected 2008 Draft Range: Late first round pick.
Consensus: Any team drafting Ajinca will have to be patient – he’s at least a couple of years, and about 50 pounds, away from contributing. He does have considerable skill to go along with his incredible length, so he may be worth taking a chance on.
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