- Incredibly long arms, and long body
- Clean stroke – shoots over his head
- Runs the floor very well, plays above the rim, will throw down any lob.
- Productive rebounding numbers
- Slim body, but may be better suited for the way he plays
- Does not always play with consistent effort
- Not always comfortable with ball in his hands on half court offense
NBA projection: Kaba fits what NBA teams are looking for in small ball centers these days. An athletic big who gets after it on the boards and can shoot from outside the paint when needed. He is a good screen setter and can be utilized in the pick and roll game. He can also be used as a power forward as he has the ability to guard bigs on the perimeter.
In his second season with Mega Leks, and his third professional season overall, Kaba has shown a good amount of growth in his game. He worked hard to recover from a knee injury he suffered at the end of last season. His free throw and three point shooting percentages have increased but still have much room for improvement. He opened the season on a high note, when he had four straight games with double-digit rebounds in late October and early November.
Key Statistics: 8 GP, 18.1 MPG, 6.4 PPG, 55% 2P, 33% 3P, 56% FT, 6.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.4 BPG, 1.3 TPG, (Serbian KLS); 12 GP, 26.0.2 MPG, 10.7 PPG, 48% 2P, 29% 3P, 57% FT, 9.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 1.2 SPG, 1.2 BPG, 2.1 TPG, (FIBA Champions League); 25 GP, 24.6 MPG, 10.9 PPG, 57% 2P, 27% 3P, 68% FT, 7.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.8 BPG, 2.4 TPG, (Adriatic League)
Career Highlights: Finished second in FIBA’s Champions League in rebounding in 2016-17.Participated in the 2015 adidas Eurocamp, featuring many top young prospects from all over the world. Averaged 5.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 44.4 percent shooting in 18.5 minutes over three contests. Has represented France in junior national team play. At the 2015 U20 European Championships, recorded 4.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in 12.3 minutes over 10 games. Shot 51.2 percent from the field. At the 2014 U18 Euros, averaged 13.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 0.3 blocks in 28.7 minutes. At the 2014 Albert Schweitzer Tournament, produced 8.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks over 21.3 minutes. Shot 39.6 percent from the field.
Cool Statistic: Oddly enough, played much better in the FIBA Champions League than in the domestic Serbian league.
Reminds me of: Clint Capela
What Insiders Say
Stefanos Makris, NBAdraft.net
Although raw, Alpha Kaba has an interesting skillset and a good upside. His length and athletic ability make him interesting. His motor and rebounding ability are undeniable. If he manages to become a consistent shooter and improve his level of concentration, then he could be a good role player.”
Chad Ford, ESPN
“For those who aren't familiar with Kaba, he's an 18-year-old, 6-foot-10 big man from France with a 7-foot-3 wingspan who had scouts whispering "Clint Capela" to each other. He's big, super long and moves well for a player his size. He can play the pick-and-pop game, and his shot looked very solid in the workouts.”
“Kaba has a nice lateral quickness, can stay in front of guys when guarding out on the perimeter. He defends the low post well and really plays physical on the defensive end, trying to use his strength to his advantage. Shows good footwork and balance attacking the rim from the perimeter. Has nice touch when playing on the paint and has some post moves he uses very well to attack the rim.”
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