Everyone has the same question, but nobody can answer it. Even national recruiting analysts are amazed by the lack of production they’ve seen out of the big man projected earlier in the season to go #2 in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Since the Arizona State game six games ago, Skal has averaged only 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds a game. He has only played an average of 13 minutes since then. He can’t stay on the floor long enough to contribute before he picks up two fouls or proves to be inefficient somewhere on the floor. It’s just surprising more than anything how someone could be so highly rated with so many blatant deficiencies, especially playing defense.
Recruiting analyst Evan Daniels shared his thoughts and here is a video breakdown of what he said is actually going on with Skal right now. The Cats need him to be the man we expected him to be and as an older freshman, he turns 20 in March, it is even more surprising that he has struggled this hard so early.
He’s always been able to rely on his natural ability, and this is the first time it’s not coming easy to him. Part of the problem right now is he’s not playing in the game; he’s thinking the game. He’s not just playing basketball … He’s going to have to get tougher, and he’s going to have to get stronger.