Just a quick update on Pascal Siakam who is participating in the 2016 NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. Yesterday the combine invitees participated in 5-on-5 competition and Siakam drew good reviews for his play. Here are the notes on Siakam from around the web:
David Ray, NBADraft.net
Pascal Siakam (New Mexico State) - Siakam measured in with an enormous 7'3 wingspan on a 6'8.25 barefoot frame, which is the same wingspan as Thon Maker who is 3.5 inches taller than him. Siakam is an early entrant who is still deciding whether to keep his name in the draft. He plays with a high motor, and while playing at New Mexico State has made it tougher to garner publicity, his huge 7'3 wingspan, and 8'11.5" standing reach along with being an active and athletic PF, deserves a lot of recognition.
Jonathan Givony, Draft Express
Pascal Siakam, Sophomore, PF/C, New Mexico State
12 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 blocks, 1 steal, 4 fouls, 5-9 2P, 2-3 FT, 24.4 minutes FT
Productive 22-year-old sophomore Pascal Siakam stood out during Thursday's game thanks to his non-stop motor, rim running ability and excellent mobility. He's not the most offensively polished prospect in attendance, but Siakam competes on every play, a useful skill when coupled with his 7' 3” wingspan, fairly quick (although not overly explosive) leaping ability, and agility. He's the first one down the floor on nearly every possession, which resulted in a few transition buckets, including an And 1 finish that came after sprinting out to run Jarrod Uthoff off of the 3-point line and then recovering to block his jumper (one of three blocks on the game). Siakam also showed impressive footwork defending the perimeter and ball screens, something he wasn't always asked to do at New Mexico State as the Aggies played quite a bit of zone.
Siakam, who has a decent feel for who he is as a player, knocked down a short corner jumper and two of his three free throw attempts, but he still room to polish his skill set. He missed a face-up 17 footer, and botched a couple of finishes around the rim versus length. Siakam isn't the most physically imposing player at 227 pounds, but his compete level, energy, rim running ability, length and agility make him an very solid second-round prospect if he decides to stay in the draft.
Chad Ford, ESPN
New Mexico State's Pascal Siakam was also a standout. His numbers were a bit modest -- 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks -- but he was all over the place on both ends, showing some elite athleticism and toughness.