Basketball is evolving and in recent years the dominant low block, bruising big men have come few and far between.
However, this doesn’t mean that big men are disappearing from the game, they are just starting to develop a new skill set.
Big men are now asked to dribble, pass, and shoot thus expanding their skill set as a whole.
When it comes to the CYBL young guns, the following five big men are going to be a force within the near future.
Damanni Browne (CIA)
Damanni Browne could be the most vital piece to the motor that keeps CIA going in the CYBL. He has shown glimpses of a three point shot, is a dominant defensive force in the paint, and has even tried for some posterizing dunks on opponents in sessions past. As Browne keeps getting more aquainted with his body and his coordination starts to pick up, he will no doubt be one of the most highly touted prospects in the 2020 class.
Johnny Vrdoljak (BURLINGTON)
Its hard to miss Johnny Vrodoljak in the gym as the kids already upwards of six foot six inches in height. The talented Burlington big man has impressed me every session moving forward as he has continued to improve with his approach to the game on the defensive end and his post moves and footwork on offence. Moving forward as Vrodoljak adds more mass and becomes better coordinated he will be a player that is going to make big noise coming out of the Halton region.
Paris Shand (VAUGHAN)
Paris Shand is one physically imposing, highly offensive skilled player for his age in the post and at the mid-range mark. Shand has shown the ability to hit face up one-dribble step back jumpers, back down his opponent and drop step for the finish, or even hit the angled, off the glass mid range jumper ala Tim Duncan. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree for Paris as he is looking to follow in the steps of his pro-basketball playing father Kevin Shand. As Paris moves forward and ups his conditioning while becoming more aquainted with the defensive side of the ball he will be a cannot miss prospect.
Abilash Surendan (YAAACE)
When YAAACE has big man Abilash Surendan playing well on the floor for them, they have a chance to beat anyone. Surendan is a multi-faceted big who is able to block shots with his length, carry the ball up and run from rim-to-rim efficiently. Surendan is very vocal leading to strong leadership and is always engaged and focused on the game. With continued development on his offensive game this big man is looking like a valuable piece to any puzzle.
Daimar Dyall-Richards (CAN ELITE)
Daimar Dyall-Richards is a young power forward that ties in his soft touch with great athletic ability. One of the better two-way players in the CYBL, Richards has a nose of the ball and from session to session he continues to show off a solid offensive foundation.