’16 C Michael-Sammons has plenty of raw ability

24 Jan

As Ohio’s much heralded class of 2016 passes the midpoint of their sophomore seasons we are beginning to see new players from this class make names for themselves.

Prince Michael-Sammons

Prince Michael-Sammons

One of those players is Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy center Prince Michael-Sammons.

A native Nigerian who is in just his second full year in the United States, Michael-Sammons is a powerfully built 6’8 post with some serious upside. Already having earned some local recognition in his second true year on the basketball court, and several BCS level football offers in his first year on the gridiron, Michael-Sammons is one of the most intriguing post prospects in the Cincinnati area regardless of class.

Earlier this week, Triple Double Prospects got a chance to evaluate Michael-Sammons at CHCA as the Eagles took a loss to Cincinnati Clark Montessori. In the game, we got a glimpse of some of Michael-Sammons’ offensive potential, but more than anything we were impressed by his athletic abilities.

With a man’s build that you almost never see in a sophomore prospect, Michael-Sammons is simply too strong for high school players to handle. He plays with a high motor every possession and likes to play with physicality in the post on both ends. While he isn’t a great leaper yet, Michael-Sammons can alter shots in the paint, and does a nice job of keeping his hands up to clog the lane.

Offensively the young big man is still very raw, but one thing that he really does well is finish around the basket. Michael-Sammons softly shot every ball that came to him off the backboard, finishing with 16 points on the night on only eight shot attempts.

Certainly he is still more potential than production at this point, but the effort, physical tools and raw talent that Michael-Sammons showed us this week makes Triple Double Prospects think that he is one of the top interior players in Southwest Ohio, and even throughout the whole Buckeye State, to keep an eye on in the class of 2016.

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