Thursday, June 14, 2012

Top Departing Players #14: Mohamed Fall

With the throes of the offseason all around us, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the 20 best players that are departing from the Big Sky, either due to graduating, declaring for the draft, or transferring.

The injustice around Mohamed Fall has been well documented, both by myself and by others around the blogosphere. The bottom line is that he should be playing this year, but he won't because of a dumb decision by the NCAA. We have covered that. However, now it is time to look at his on-court impact, and how he will be missed by Montana State this year.

First and foremost, he was one of the best defensive big men in the conference last year, and would have likely gotten even better this season, since he is still relatively new to basketball and still learning how to play. He was a very athletic big man, and used that leaping ability to his benefit, as he had a 6.1% block percentage. That number easily led the Big Sky. He could change what offenses could do, because he was an eraser in the paint.

He was also one of the top two rebounders on the team, with 9.7 OR% and a 16.9 DR%. That level of glass cleanup will be missed by the Bobcats. Offensively, he didn't bring a ton to the table, but he didn't take things off either. He was very efficient, shooting 52% from the floor (and showing a pretty nice midrange jumper), and shooting over 80% from the line, which is obviously great for a big man.

Much has been made this offseason about the reason that Fall won't be available this year, but not as much has been made about the impact that his loss will have. He was one of the best defensive big men in the conference (if not the best), and was a guy that could at least contribute a bit offensively as well. For a guy that was just coming into his own, it's a shame that we won't get to watch him develop for one more season.

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