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Scouting Cal MBB Target Kuany Kuany

His college decision comes today.

Mark Fox hopes to land a much-needed prospect in Kuany Kuany.
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Kuany Kuany is a 6’10” forward who has narrowed his college choices to Nevada, Washington State, and Cal. The current high school senior is originally from the African nation of South Sudan. He would later move to Australia, where one growth spurt took him from 5’11” to 6’5”. Kuany became involved with the Helping Hoops charity which encourages “disadvantaged and disabled children” to develop their basketball skills.

Eventually, he headed to the United States in 2015 and resided in Bradenton, Florida. For his senior season, he relocated to Prolific Prep in Napa where he has gathered plenty of recent attention. Kuany averaged 9.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game in his final season. He is widely listed as a three-star recruit, but his stock appears to be rising.

Kuany visited Berkeley on May 2 and showed his Instagram followers that he enjoyed the experience. The California Golden Bears program may have special appeal because of its proximity to his current home in Northern California. One can certainly hope so after seeing Kuany put on the uniform. It’s also true that Kuany’s former high school teammate Jordan Brown ended up at Nevada. The question now is: did Mark Fox and company impress him enough to stay nearby?

The first thing I noticed about Kuany’s game was an abundance of bounce and athleticism right from the start. Even the way he comes down from the hoop after dunking is pretty impressive. He also appears quite coordinated for someone his size, demonstrating shiftiness off the dribble into a reverse lay-in. Later, Kuany drains a three-pointer which suggests that he could eventually be a stretch-four at the Division I level. The final notable play involves a steal and nice playmaking, finding the assist to an open teammate.

Regarding Kuany, Prolific coach Billy McKnight told the Napa Valley Register: “He’s conducted himself in a first-class way, on and off the court, all year. He’s an intelligent kid and a highly sought after recruit.” In this clip, he unveils a pretty spin move before heading to the basket. You also see Kuany establishing position with ease. Once again, he is able to show off his range which belies his size.

If you focus on #13 in his clip, you’ll see Kuany scoring with ease on layups and dunks. He also shows good vision to nab an assist from his position behind the three-point line near the corner.

Kuany may never actually play point guard like LeBron James, but this package demonstrates that he can drive the lane and dish when an opportunity presents itself. During another play, he finds a seam and receives a pass for the easy slam. Kuany’s teammate Ibrahima Diallo recently committed to Ohio State, and Kuany indicated that he is about to reveal his destination as well.

Here’s one last video for all you Slam Dunk Contest lovers.

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