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MBB: Dain Dainja 2020 Scouting Report and Podcast

September 29, 2020

Center- Dain Dainja (6-9 260 lbs FR)

Wingspan:  7-6

Dain Dainja is one of the best prospects to set foot on Baylor’s campus.  At 6-9 260 lbs with a 7-6 wingspan, Dainja comes to Baylor with the size and skill that you love to see in bigs.   He does a lot of things well and he loves the gym.  As his body gets sculpted through work with Baylor strength coach Charlie Melton, he has the potential to be an all conference, all American and NBA player.  

Strengths:  Dain has great handles for his size.  He keeps the ball low to the ground and has a nimbleness around the rim that is rare for bigs.  He is a good passer.  He can bully smaller players on the block.  He has the potential to be a great rebounder and shot blocker.  His footwork and hands are strong at this point in his development.    

What Needs Improvement:  Dain like a lot of young players has a tendency to try and make the spectacular play versus the sound basketball play.  He will need to improve his stamina.  And learn how to use his 7-6 wingspan to his advantage on both ends of the court.  

Player Comparison:  He will have some similarities to Johnathan Motley in his ability to face opponents up and take them off the dribble.  The two comparisons that stick out the most to me are Caleb Swanigan from Purdue (who Motley beat for the Karl Malone PF of the year) and Zach Randolph who had a long pro career after starring at Michigan State.  

2020-21 Projections:  Redshirt

Bart Torvik Projections 20-21:  3.6 ppg; 3.1 reb

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