|Fundamental part of rebounding - looking the right way. Poor technique, Tom Herzog.|Tarik Black
, Kansas, Senior, 6'9 260lbs2013/14 stats:
13.5 mpg, 5.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.5 bpg, 0.3 apg, 0.3 spg, 2.8 fpg, 0.7 TOpg, 69.2% FG, 60.0% FT
Slightly undersized height wise for the position, Black has added a ton of muscle to his frame and has a 7'3 wingspan, looking very much like the post player that he is. He is however more of a physical specimen than overly skilled player.
In his three years at Memphis, Black was frustratingly inconsistent in both results and effort, and frustratingly foul prone. The latter one never changed - Black fouls EVERYBODY, through clattering into the defender wildly on the offensive end, hitting every driver who comes his way on defense, and shoving everybody who seeks to get position on him at any time. Nevertheless, he improved at the first two things in his time at Kansas, and became an effective backup off the bench. He was no replacement for Embiid, obviously, yet he would have an impact on the game in his limited minutes and use his physicality on both ends.
Black's exceedingly efficient offensive game comes from his power, explosion and athleticism. He is a finisher not a creator, but he's a rugged one who will take it at anyone, clumsy or not, and is strong enough to go through them. Rarely asked to create, Black nevertheless has the motor and position awareness to get open off the ball, as well as the tenacity to fight for position. He will also run the court well for his size, always pursuing the ball if not always receiving it, and has improved his footwork to finish in the post with reverses and step throughs.
On both ends, though, Black's is a rather limited game. Offensively, Black does not handle, take any shot outside of about two feet, pass, drive, defend the perimeter or do much outside of what is availed to him by his physical tools. He is very rarely asked to create in the post and is very predictable when heh does - it is not team needs that restrict him to being a finisher rather than his own limitations. Defensively, he also is still prone to occasionally switching off on the glass and the interior defense, albeit less so than he was. Black's physicality, strength and athleticism can be disruptive presences inside the paint, a decent rebounder and effective man to man defender when plugged in, a wall you don't want to run into if not the best help side rim protector. But the fouls offset it a bit.
Despite all of the above, Black might go into football instead of basketball. Couldn't blame him if he did. Yet if he stays with the roundball game, there's money to be made.