Prospect Profile: Keith "Tiny" Gallon
We continue our series with a profile of Oklahoma Forward Keith “Tiny” Gallon.
Keith Gallon is anything but what his nickname “Tiny” would suggest.
The freshman out of Oklahoma is a 6-foot-10, 300-pound behemoth who excelled as a 19-year old in the competitive Big 12 conference. He averaged 10.3 points and 7.9 boards in 24.0 minutes per game, highlighted by his signature performance when he recorded 13 points and a whopping 18 rebounds against arch-rival Oklahoma State.
A McDonalds All-American out of high school, Gallon boasts a terrific arsenal of offensive moves as well as a nice touch away from the basket. Although he is a big bodied bruiser, he is very skilled. Gallon prefers to face up to the basket rather than back his way in, but it has proven effective for him as he shot 54.7-percent from the field during his lone collegiate season.
Furthermore, when he gets his motor running, he is almost unstoppable on the boards as he can outmuscle pretty much any opponent. Defensively, he is still a work in progress, although he has shown glimpses of being able to clog the lane and stop his opponent from getting the easy bucket.
The knock on Gallon is that at just 19 years of age, there are questions about his maturity and ability to keep himself in shape. While he still has a long way to go to reach his full potential, many feel that the investment in him will pay out in the long run even if he doesn’t have an immediate impact during the 2010-11 season.
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