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Strengths: Mobile player capable of running the floor well … This allows him to be very effective in high post situations where he likes to set a screen for the ball handler before rotating quickly towards the basket for lob passes or alley-oops … Underrated post passer whose numbers may not reflect his ability, but has shown great promise to recognize teammates … Has soft hands that allow him to catch difficult passes without fumbling them … Aggressive around the basket, which enables him to create a great deal of contact … Solid rebounder out of position where his mobility and length usually give him an advantage … Owns a great motor - never seems to tire and plays the game at a very high intensity level … Solid finisher around the basket where he usually looks to dunk the ball … Not a dominating athlete, but shows good leaping ability and above average agility for his size … Possesses a decent looking jump hook that he can make with some success when posting up … Shows defensive promise with his energy level and mobility … This is vital for him as a help defender where he has shown success rotating over and blocking unsuspecting players from the basket … Understands what his role is on a team and rarely tries to exceed it … Although his impact doesn’t always show up in the box-score he has those intangibles to contribute to a team … Tough player who has had his share of injuries, but continued to work through them …

Weaknesses: Offensively, Kaun’s back to the basket skills remains very underdeveloped despite being in college for 4 years … Lacks upper body strength, which to some degree is correctable, but added weight could have an impact on his overall athleticism … Post footwork isn’t very refined, but to his credit has shown signs of improvement this season … Doesn’t do a good job of denying post position to opposing players … Can be too aggressive defensively, leading him to being foul prone … When he is able to establish position he doesn’t get his body very wide … Isn’t a great rebounder in his area despite his physical gifts, which could improve if he utilizes boxing out of his defender instead of relying on his mobility … Isn’t able to fully utilize his ability to create contact due to his inability to shoot free throws effectively … Would benefit greatly if he could develop a face-up game shooting from the perimeter 16 feet from the basket … Lack of explosiveness could hinder Kaun from being able to consistently provide a shot-blocking presence … Lacks the strong hands to hold onto the ball in traffic without getting the ball stripped … Hasn’t really lived up to the promise of his lofty prep credentials, which naturally leaves questions about his work ethic and upside if he peaked early ...

Matthew Maurer - 5/16/08

 

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2004-05 Kansas

27

53.6

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33.3

0.1

0.6

2.3

0.1

2.6

2005-06 Kansas

33

56.2

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53.5

0.5

1.1

5.3

0.4

8.2

2006-07 Kansas

35

53.0

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50.0

0.3

1.4

3.8

0.5

5.9

2007-08 Kansas

40

61.9

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54.1

0.4

1.2

3.9

0.3

7.1

DIV I Totals

135

56.5

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48.7

0.3

1.1

3.9

0.3

6.2

 

Comments   

0 #2 Leonard 2008-05-25 19:01
The alley oop dunks he gets could get him picked. Good size and athleticism, can body up on a player. Played well against Davidson, despite being only a rotational/spot starter for most of his collegiate career. Could be picked in the mold of Eric Riley or Chris Richard. Probably one of the more useful 6th men in the NCAA tournament, seems like a 2nd round pick type and at best could be a late bloomer like Herbert Hill or a poor man's Aaron Gray with more athleticism and less polish. Does most of the essential things scouts look for out of big man, which include rebounding, post defense, shooting a high percentage, and blocking the occasional shots. Will foul on occasion, but can be worked upon.
Interior defense is always at a premium, and he has a chance to provide a team with it. The Orlando camp and workouts could propel him to being a 2nd round pick.
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0 #1 Mark 2008-05-13 22:50
The Celtics could definitely use athleticism in the frontcourt and Kaun provides it. He is a good rebounder, athlete, and an underrated defensive player, and he would be a steal in the 2nd Round.
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