|Soph.||7’2″ 210||Center||Ryerson||DOB: 1/19/98|
|11.3 ppg||5.6 rpg||2.3 bpg||FG: 63.8%||FT: 81.3%|
Strengths: Length, Size, Shot Blocking, Agility
Weaknesses: Raw Offensively, Limited Production/Minutes, Level of Competition, Strength
Ngom entered the college ranks as an unknown recruit to most basketball fans, and that largely remains the case as we get closer to the draft. He is a tall, long and skinny center who runs the floor well, although the speed of the NBA game is on a much different level than college basketball in Canada. Despite only playing 19 minutes per game in his second college season, he showed flashes of what he could with more floor time and higher usage. Ngom has great length with a 7’6″ wingspan which he uses to block shots well, but this ability is not fully shown in the statistics given the low amount of minutes where he averaged 2.3 blocks per game. His end to end speed is strong for a player at his height, and as long as he can improve on his stamina he should be able to fit in with the pace of the professional game. Ryerson faced Duke in a preseason match-up where Ngom played very well scoring 12 points, and adding 6 rebounds to go with 3 blocks in 24 minutes on the floor. His play against a top ranked American college with Zion Williamson, Javin Delaurier, and Marques Bolden on the inside will give some teams the belief that he will be able to compete against other high level talent. Anytime a mobile 7’2″ player that seems to have a high upside comes along, teams are going to take notice and be intrigued which is happening as Ngom works out for franchises. There is also the fact that Ngom has not been playing the game competitively for long at all, with a reported 4 years in team basketball, and that will lead some scouts/teams to determine that he has not scratched the surface of what he can be as a player.
His offensive game as a whole is raw from what we have seen him do at the college level, however there is evidence outside of games that he has the ability to do much more offensively. Ngom has been showcasing his ability to step out and hit an open jumper in his pre-draft workouts, and this is a good sign for his overall upside. His shooting stroke and mechanics are solid, he will just need to become a consistent shooter from the outside to full maximize his potential, but he has shown he could be capable of doing so. Being a 81.3% free throw in his sophomore year is impressive when compared to other centers in the professional ranks, and it adds to the intrigue of his potential versatility going forward. There is a concern about his ability to play long stretches of minutes given his limited playing time, but he runs the floor well and should be able to handle an increase in minutes as a pro if a team chooses to play him that frequently. Another concern which is tied to his limited playing time is the fact that he did not put up dominant statistics against the level of competition he faced. Ryerson was not facing bad players, but the level of competition that Ngom would face as a professional is well beyond what he has seen to this point. You can never project how a player will deal with the increase in competition with exact accuracy, but his game against Duke and his pre-draft workouts have gone helped his stock in a big way.
This play shows his ability to finish at the rim:
Here is a few long range shots from his workout with the Raptors:
Tanor Ngom (7’2”) completing a shooting drill towards the end of this morning’s Raptors pre-draft workout pic.twitter.com/gCmmllfkx6— Trung Ho (@trungho) May 7, 2019
Ngom is projected to go undrafted by most analysts, with a possibility of being picked up late in the second round if a team likes his potential. His ceiling as a professional is a role player, most likely coming off of the bench, bringing a high level of shot blocking and a versatile offensive skill set. The worst case scenario for Ngom is that he is unable to score effectively enough or does not impact the game on the defensive side of the floor enough to earn minutes in the NBA, leading him to spend his professional career overseas and in the G League.