2019 NBA Draft Profile: Sekou Doumbouya
Sekou Doumbouya is a physically gifted two-way forward on pace to be one of the youngest players to make their NBA debut this decade. Emerging as a prospect averaging 10.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game as a 14-year-old in the 3rd Division with the Centre Federal Du Basket-ball, Doumbouya rose quickly through the ranks of French basketball. After pouring in 17.8 points and pulling down 7 rebounds per game playing up at the 2016 FIBA U18 European Championship, the Conakry-born forward spent two seasons with Poitiers in the 2nd Division before moving to 1st Division and EuroCup club Limoges this season. Doumbouya averaged 7.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game despite suffering a thumb injury on his shooting hand in late December that required surgery and kept him out of action for several weeks.
- Possesses very good size for a multi-positional forward standing 6’9 in shoes with a trimmed-down frame to go along with a 6’11 wingspan. Proves to be a terrific athlete with good speed and explosiveness.
- Promising offensive player who flashes the ability to grab and go in transition, finish emphatically on the move, and use his first step and activity level to his advantage inside when he’s dialed in. Tends to be streaky as a jump shooter but has had several sterling offensive performances when he has found his range this season.
- Did much of his best work this season in the open court. Got 22% of his possessions in Transition scoring 1.189 points per Transition possession [63rd percentile]. Shows the ability to take defensive rebounds coast-to-coast for big dunks, but is most effective running the wings for easy shots around the rim.
- Plays almost exclusively off the ball in the half court. 41% of his shots in the half court were catch and set jumpers which he converted for 0.900 points per catch and shoot jump shot [34th percentile]. Shot the ball a bit better late in the year, but has room to grow as a floor spacer. Mechanics looks solid at times.
- Attempts very few pull-up jump shots, likes to attack the rim when he puts the ball on the floor in the half court. Not the most advanced shot creator, but is a long strider with a strong first step. Flashes the ability to score with both hands. Averaged 1.222 points per finishing opportunity in the half court [62nd percentile] struggling to convert tip-ins but otherwise proving quite efficient inside in his first season in the 1st Division. Does not need much room to gather to play above the rim. Shows some timing cutting backdoor to the rim.
- Displayed some aptitude as a passer in some settings in the past, but is still coming into his own as a scorer and decision-maker against quality competition.
- Has great tools for the defensive end and shows intriguing versatility. Flashes significant potential getting in the passing lanes and blocking shots, but is still figuring out how to make a consistent impact defensively. Has room to improve off the ball and be more aggressive as a rebounder.
- Allowed 0.810 points per one-on-one possession holding his own individually on the inside and out this season. Struggles to defend without fouling at times as his age and inexperience show in spots. Has some naturally developing to do considering this was his first season at the highest levels of French basketball.