The 2019 NBA Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in the 2019 NBA Draft. Forward Sekou Doumbouya from Guinea is one of the youngest players in the draft this year.
2018-2019 stats: 7.8 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game, 0.7 assists per game, 0.7 steals per game, 0.5 blocks per game, 48.2% field goal, 34.3% 3 point
Size: 6-foot-9, 210 pounds
Doumbouya was born in Guinea, but moved to France when he was very young. After playing soccer when he was young, Doumbouya started playing basketball when he was 12. He has come a long way since that point and is now a highly-thought-of NBA Draft Prospect.
For the first two seasons of his professional career, Doumbouya played for PB 86 in France. After two seasons there, Doumbouya decided to move up a division in French basketball to play at the top level and joined Limoges CSP. Doumbouya averaged 7.8 points per game and shot the ball decently from deep in his one season of top-tier basketball in France.
After playing professionally for three seasons, Doumbouya has drawn the eyes of NBA scouts. Doumbouya is projected to be selected in the first half of the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft.
Doumbouya is a really smooth athlete for his size. He won’t be the most athletic player in this class, but has enough athletic ability to match up with a lot of NBA players. Doumbouya uses his athleticism in transition and on defense very well.
He also has good quickness for his size, which comes in handy in a variety of different ways as well. Doumbouya is a threat in transition because he can get up the floor quickly. He also holds his own defensively and can guard multiple positions because of it. In the post, he can use a quick first step to get around his man.
His ability to stretch the floor will also be a huge asset to an NBA team. At 6-foot-9, he can play either forward spot, which gives him versatility. To be effective at both, the three-point shot is almost a necessity. He hit 34 percent of his three-pointers last season and with added time in the gym, should be able to improve that percentage in the NBA.
While playing professionally likely has helped Doumbouya, he still has an extremely unrefined game. He just started playing basketball when he was 12 and doesn’t have the experience most NBA Draft prospects have. He only played 19 minutes per game for his team in France this season, so he’ll need to get some playing time before getting comfortable in the NBA.
Doumbouya doesn’t always see the floor well with the ball in his hands. He misses open teammates and needs to learn how to find them better. Not only does he miss open teammates, but he also turns the ball over because he doesn’t see defenders. This could be helped by a more spread out NBA court.
At this point in his career, he can’t create his own shot on offense. He has a few post up moves, can score in transition and shoot threes at a decent rate, but for the most part will have to have shots set up for him. He’ll have to work on his ball-handling to improve in this area.
Projected Draft Range: Top 15 Pick