Kalif Young To Providence: Scouting Report On The 2016 3-Star Power Forward
May 18, 2016
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The Providence Friars added to their 2016 recruiting class with the commitment from power forward Kalif Young.
Young had offers on the table from Marquette, Alabama, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt and VCU. He now joins Maliek White and Alpha Diallo as the third member of the 2016 class for the Friars.
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This commitment not only gives Providence a reliable post presence moving forward, but it’s more important with Ben Bentil possibly taking his talents to the NBA.
The first thing you notice when watching Young play is that he runs the floor extremely well for a guy who is 6’9”, 225 pounds. Young gets back to the other end of the floor quickly, can run a fast break with a guard and has slowed down opposing transition offense due to him getting back in a timely manner. Young is a hustle player who isn’t going to take plays off at either end.
He has a nice feel around the rim, which makes him very effective when going up for rebounds and putbacks. Young has good hands and length that help him on the defensive end, & a seven-foot wingspan should help him be a consistent shotblocker for the Friars.
You also have to be impressed with Young’s offensive ability, as he’s a rare big man who is comfortable with the ball beyond the three-point line and can put the ball on the floor. Young can beat his guy off the dribble and finishes strong through contact. He also passes well for a guy his size and doesn’t force the issue when the double team comes over.
I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen from Young and think he has the potential to be an immediate contributor for a Providence team that likely lost its two best players in Bentil and Kris Dunn.
This was a very important commitment for coach Ed Cooley and the Friars, as it adds depth and addresses an area of need.
With commitments like this, Providence will remain a force in the Big East.