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Hassan Whiteside
Ht/Wt: 6-11 / 225 lbs
Position: PF/C
Team: Marshall
Class: Freshman

2010 Draft Profile - Hassan Whiteside

Strenghts: You can't teach size and length, and that is what Whiteside has. Came into his own during Freshman year despite not being heavenly recruited. Posted three triple doubles, and several huge games against quality opponents. A shot blocking menace, as he Led the nation in blocks with 5.4 average. Amongst Conference USA leaders in rebounds, and was Freshman and Defensive player of the year. I Wasn't too high on him at first, but the more I observed, he is a very intriguing prospect. During a season matchup against NBA prospect Jerome Jordan of Tulsa, Whiteside simply dominated showing a nice hook shot, and great touch around the rim. Nice pick and pop ability. Despite his slender frame and getting pushed out of the post, he is sometimes force to shoot out to about 15 to 20 feet, and makes a great amount. Very active around the rim with offensive rebounds and put back dunks. Runs the court like a young Marcus Camby and shows decent footwork in the post. Great timing and instincts. Seems to have great confidence in his abilities.

Weaknesses: Whiteside relies simply on his athletic ability, and doesn't have any go to moves at this period of time. Needs to add more bulk, as a player such as Dwight Howard would just over power him. Tends to get push around by bigger opponents, and need to develope a stronger core. At this stage, his game is very unseasoned and a couple years away from reaching his potential. Has to be more assertive, and demand the ball.

Outlook: Whiteside has a great deal of upside, and is a athletic freak, and blocks everything he gets his hands on. Needs another year or two in college, but the lures of NBA dollars is just to much to past up, and will probably bolt after one season. With his shotblocking timing and ability to alter shots, defense will carry his career until his offense cathches up. Scouts are very high on him because in a couple of years he can be a very scary intimidating force. Bright future.

NBA Comparison: Marcus Camby/ Tyson Chandler
Player profile submitted by: Monta Williams

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