NBA Draft

Ousmane Dieng

Scouting Report

Dieng, a native of France, just turned 19 in May and his defensive abilities have caught the attention of NBA talent evaluators.
He played for the New Zealand Breakers in the Australian Basketball League last season and he averaged 8.9 points and 3.2 rebounds in 23 games.
The 6-10 post player held his own against the veterans in the ABL and figures to be a sure top-20 pick.
Strengths: Dieng is a prospect with big-time potential and will only get better as he gains more experience. Defense will be his role early in his career and he should be able to contribute as a situational player. Has good hands and lateral quickness which helps him get steals. It is expected that his offensive game will get better over time. Works hard so there is trust that he will work on his shooting while developing his game. There remains a possibility he could be a lottery selection.
Weaknesses: He shot just 39.8 percent from the field and 27.1 percent from 3-point range last season and he has a long way to go to be a 50-percent shooter. He needs to work on his jump shot and the farther away from the basket he is, the more issues he deals with. While good defensively, his 185-pound body isn't strong enough to handle much-bulkier aggressive players. As he ages, his frame will thicken but he also needs to spend a lot of time in the weight room. Simply put, it might be two to four years before he is a strong contributor and that fact makes him more likely to be bypassed as a lottery choice.


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