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Josiah Heath - PF, 6'9, 230
Signed in Japan - Signed with Tokyo Cinq Reves
       Date of birth: 04/20/1993
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2015
     Out of: Canisius
  NBA Experience: 0 years
  Hand: Right

Date
League
Transaction
4th August, 2015 Holland Signed a one year contract with Aris Leeuwarden.
20th September, 2016 Estonia Signed a one year contract with TLU/Kalev.
4th November, 2016 Estonia Left TLU/Kalev.
23rd January, 2017 Japan Signed for the remainder of the season with Tokyo Cinq Reves.
When: Where:
2011 - 2015 Canisius (NCAA)
August 2015 - November 2016 TLU/Kalev (Estonia)
January 2017 - present Tokyo Cinq Reves (Japan, BJ League D3)
From blog:


   Wildly Unnecessarily Lengthy 2015 NBA Draft Board, Part 4: NCAA Centres
2015-06-18

Josiah Heath

Josiah is the brother of Jordan, who featured in this list last year. He also echos many of the same traits on the court, and is of a very similar body type. But whereas Jordan was eye-catching on account of his 41% three point shooting and 2.1 blocked shots per game, Josiah instead uses mid-range jumpers and charges taken as his primary weapons. This is no less effective, maybe, but it does mean nothing stands out on the surface.

Heath's main defensive weapon is the charging foul, and he takes (or attempts to take) multiple of these per game. Despite being thin and all too easily overpowered on the interior, he is better on the defensive end than the offensive end for precisely this reason. A bit small for the interior, and certainly small for the centre spot [see disclaimer in the opening], Heath plays the low post on defense, with decent mobility and plenty of flopping, and demonstrated a much improved sense of timing on his blocked shot attempts as a senior than ever before. His defensive energy level is high, and with his constant flopping, he is something of a nuisance on this end. Heath fronts, recovers, tips, deflects, and is a pretty good athlete. When asked to defend the perimeter, however, he is less effective, not closing off the roll man in pick-and-roll action and biting too readily on jump shot fakes, which is something he will have to improve on to maximise his stretch big potential.

Speaking of, while Heath plays mostly in the low post on defense, he plays mostly in the high post on offense. A good high-low passer, Heath's offense is mostly of the face-up variety, and mostly done off the ball. A very capable passer from the foul line area, Heath can be both parts of a high-low, but is mostly the high part, hitting cutters and feeding the post, occasionally hitting the jump shot from that area when given space. But a large part of his offense is being one such cutter, getting open off the ball, cutting to the basket, and being useful without having a go-to move at all. Heath rarely posts and lacks three point spot-up range at the moment; with a slow release on his jumpshot, his projection as a shooter is at best that of a spot-up guy. Heath is also a bit soft, not liking contact around the basket, and rarely making any significant contact on the 150 screens he sets every possession. He handles the ball little and, for all those screens, doesn't get enough looks as a roll man. But like on defense, with his mobility and smarts, Heath makes himself a tertiary option.

Heath is a high IQ, decently skilled big man with a good effort level and some mobility, who developed across his four years at Canisius, particularly offensively. He is elite at no one thing and not big or athletic enough for the highest levels. But after a stop-start college career, he showed enough last year to get paid somewhere.

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