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University of Connecticut Center Amida Brimah does not feature in Aran Smith’s 2016 NBA Mock Draft. According to the long tenured basketball writer’s rank, the Ghanaian 7 footer is ranked 79th in the standings.

Since winning the National title in 2013 on the back of Shabazz Napier’s visionary leadership as a rarely used reserve, Brimah has developed into an elite shot blocker with a growing offensive game.

Brimah’s combination of height, length (7 foot 6 wingspan) and quickness makes him an intriguing prospect for NBA teams to take a chance to draft him with an eye for gradually developing his offensive game.

Areas of concern in Amida’s game is his lack of range which makes him solely reliant on alley oops and put back dunks and his sub-par rebounding numbers considering his long frame. He is averaging 4.6 rebounds per game for the season.

Having played over 40 games in his second season, Brimah’s outing this season has been reduced to 18 games due to a finger injury he sustained in a Christmas game subsequently missing 11 games. However, the 22 year old has made his presence felt by blocking an eye popping 45 shots in the limited action.

Should he decide to stay in college for his final year, Brimah will be one of the most sought after Centers in the 2017 Draft. He already ranks in the first 60 places of draftexpress.com’s ranking for the 2017 class.


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