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Wednesday, June 28, 2006
2006 Draft Profile: Saer Sene


Here's what you need to know: the longest arms ever. Literally. That's what I have heard. No NBA draft prospect has ever been measured with longer arms. I'm not sure he can actually play basketball. But that could come later. Here's Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress in a TrueHoop MP3.

You can also watch a heck of a lot of video here. You can read about one of his workouts, and see his long arms, in this DraftExpress profile.

Here's what Chad Ford says about Saer Sene:
I have watched a few hours of Sene on DVD, and the resemblance to Dikembe Mutombo is uncanny.

Sene is a 7-footer from Senegal who played in Belgium this year. He's gotten some publicity for his incredible 7-8 wingspan and his dominating, nine-block performance at the Nike Hoop Summit in Memphis in April, but most fans still don't know much else.

But perhaps his most impressive attribute has been his development over the past year. While his body has filled out and gotten stronger, his on-court progress has been even more remarkable. One year ago, when I saw him at the 2005 Reebok Eurocamp, his wingspan was the only positive I could come up with. When attempting layups, Sene didn't even know which foot to jump from. That's all changed this year.

On defense, he's already close to being able to contribute in the NBA. On offense, he's got a ways to go, but he has become much more aggressive and is picking up some low-post moves.

Teams see him as a potentially dominating defensive force in the paint. In a draft short on big men, that makes him a hot name.