[6 P.M. UPDATE]
Here’s a scouting report from a guy who would know, Tom Pritchard.
Pritchard and Jobe face each other every day, all day.
“He just likes to power it. Heâ€™s a power guy. He doesnâ€™t really take that many jump shots, but he can definitely get position and he has a lot of strength in his upper and lower body and when he finishes he finishes strong.”
There’s no getting around the fact that Tijan Jobe is a basketball neophyte, a player who has received about the same amount of coaching so far as your average junior high player in Indiana.
Jobe arrived in the United States four years ago, then bounced through four schools and, according to Mike Burris, his coach at his stop before IU, Olney Central College, he wasn’t consistently schooled in the basics of basketball on a daily basis until about a year ago.
There’s also no getting around the fact that Jobe is 7-foot and 260 pounds.
“I think I can help the team mostly on defense, probably,â€ he said Wednesday. â€œBecause I have a long wingspan. Iâ€™ll make use of that.”
Offensively, Jobe won’t be asked to do much. That’s a reflection of Crean’s offense as much as it is Jobe’s ability. Post players are expected to set screens for and kick the ball out to the guards; it is their duty to spread the floor.
â€œI like facing my back to the basket,â€ he said. â€œThey try to make me face the defender and do some pick and rolls with the point guards and try to make the floor open for everybody.â€
Also, as evidenced by the picture I’ve posted with this blog, Jobe will be able to dunk thunderously. So that’s good.