Baylor's Isaiah Austin Disappoints
Last year Baylor's 7 footer, Isaiah Austin was thinking about entering the 2013 NBA Draft. The Bear's big man made the smart decision to return to Waco for his sophomore season. Austin's game does not look improved and his numbers have declined so far this season. Austin had a shoulder injury this summer which prevented him from improving his game and his NON-NBA ready body. He still shows the size, athletic ability, and at times skill level which NBA GM's and front offices could only dream of.
Austin is too weak to play in the post, and does not have a polished of enough game to play on the perimeter. He avoids contact in the paint and needs to add some low post moves to his game. Austin strengths includes being long and athletic. He's an excellent shot blocker and on the other end of the court, he can knock down the 3 pointer. He has good ball handling ability for a man of his size. This year his best game might have been against Charleston Southern where he scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, both season highs for Austin.
Isaiah Austin cannot continue just dunking over smaller defenders and blocking shots on the other end of the court. He is only averaging 10.5 points and 4.9 rebounds. These numbers are both a drop off from his fresh season where he posted 13 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He is going to need at least one more season in college to get stronger and develop his game to become a legitimate NBA prospect and not just a 7-footer who can block shots.
By Steven Spector -12-3-13