NBA Draft: Roy Hibbert
Accolades: Fourth Team All-American – CHN (08), Second Team All-American – AP (08), First Team All-Big East (08), Big East All-Tournament Team (08), First Team All-Big East (07), Second Team All-Big East (06).
Scouting Report: A huge, intimidating presence at both ends of the floor.
Strengths: Size – at 7’2” 275lbs – Hibbert will be one of the biggest guys on the court in the NBA not named Shaq. Very good mobility for a man his size – can move his feet laterally and can get up and down the floor fairly good for a big guy. Nice post moves – can score on hooks with either hand, also has nice drop step moves. Good passer for his size and position. Good hands. Intimidating shot blocking presence. Good range on his jumper.
Weaknesses: Needs to still get stronger, faster and better conditioned for the NBA. Can still be a little clumsy. Doesn’t always finish strong down low – should be dunking everything. Still a work in progress – big guys take longer to develop. Didn’t really dominate his senior year as expected.
Projected 2008 Draft Range: Mid to late first round pick.
Consensus: Hibbert’s game has improved leaps and bounds since he stepped onto the Georgetown campus, culminating in his strong performance in the 2007 NCAA tournament. In hindsight he should have entered the draft last year, as his stock has dropped since that time. The fact that his game didn’t improve by leaps and bounds his senior year – it pretty much hit a plateau – has hurt his stock. While he doesn’t project to be another Ewing, Mourning or Mutombo, he should still be a solid pro.
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