Cheikh Samb Shows Potential
Chris McCosky of the Detroit News:
Tony Ronzone, the Pistons' director of basketball operations and chief international scout, has a story about Dallas Mavericks center DeSagana Diop.
"I was working for Dallas and when he first came to this country, I picked him up from the airport and I was one of the first guys to work him out," Ronzone said. "He was just out of high school and he weighed 190 pounds. A year and a half later, he was pushing 300 pounds. That's what happens when these guys get over here and start eating our food."
The Pistons are hoping Ronzone will be able to tell a similar story in a couple of years about 7-foot-1, 195-pound Cheikh Samb, a center from Senegal drafted 51st overall in last month's draft who was acquired from the Lakers for Maurice Evans.
Samb made quite a debut in the opener of the summer league hitting 4 FGs but the exciting part is 3 of those FGs were perimeter jump shots. The other being a dunk which he can obviously do very well. He also has unmatched length and the report goes on to say how he actually had 6 blocks but he was only credited with 3. That would have put his stat line at 9 pts, 9 boards, and 6 blocks... a near triple double in limited action.
It seems like the Pistons will keep him overseas for a season or two saying that the only thing holding him back from being a productive NBA player is size and strength, being only 195 pounds. He speaks very little english but he did mention that he knows he has to get more physical and stronger and he is working on it.