Explosive leaping ability with an outstanding second jump
Ridiculous wingspan adds to shot blocking skills and rebounding
Runs the floor well
Good quickness on his first move on the block
Establishing position in the post
Knows his limits on the offensive end
Low-post game is still a work in progress
Not very physical due to his thin frame
Too often a black hole inside when he gets the ball
Sometimes mopes around the court, needs to maintain a high energy
Summary: Varnado chose to return to Mississippi State for his senior season so he could work on his raw offensive talent. He will likely become the top shot-blocker in college basketball history and NBA teams will take notice. Expect him to be drafted somewhere in the 20s by a team needed an energetic shot-blocking threat off the bench.
Player Comparison: Chris Andersen. Minus the tattoos, headband, previous drug issues and sweet nickname, Varnado figures to have a similar impact to Andersen on the court. Andersen is an energy guy off the bench who is known as a great shot-blocker which is what Varnado excels at at the college level. Both players are limited around the basket on the offensive end. But just like the Birdman, Varnado will find a home in the NBA because of his shot-blocking abilities; not his offensive game.
@footballfreak Yeah Cajuun pretty much summed it up for me. Penn State is just a more reliable team at this point, not necessarily better but more reliable. On another note, thanks Walt for giving me credit for slamming that Taylor idiot.
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