Name to know: Bismack Biyombo

BY foxsports • April 11, 2011

As Cavaliers fans prepare to turn their full attention to the NBA Draft and to the impending stay-or-go decisions facing top underclass college prospects, there's a new name drawing plenty of attention from decision-makers around the league.

Bismack Biyombo has officially arrived -- on everybody's radar anyway -- after his performance in the Nike Hoop Summit last weekend. Biyombo, an 18-year-old native of the Congo who's already declared his intentions to enter this year's draft, recorded the first triple-double in Hoop Summit history with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks.

Biyombo officially measured at 6'9 with a 7'7 wingspan last week. He was 243 pounds with 4.8 percent body fat.

I caught a little bit of the game. He certainly has a long way to go offensively, but Biyombo's freakish athleticism and NBA body immediately catch your eye. He's only been playing organized basketball for five or six years, but he seems to have a feel for the game and is certainly a presence on the block.

Based on what I saw and what I've dug up from a trip or two around the Internet, he seems like a late lottery pick. If a team sees more than a little Dwight Howard in him, he'll go higher.

VIDEO: Biyombo dunks at Hoop Summit

The Hoop Summit pits a squad of young international players, most of whom are already professionals, against a team of American players who just finished their high school careers. In this game last year we saw a pretty good battle between Enes Kanter and Jared Sullinger. Kanter got the best of that one but was ruled ineligible to play at Kentucky last season. He reportedly turned down a chance to play in the Hoop Summit again this year and is preparing for the NBA Draft.

All 10 players on Team USA are headed to big-time college programs next season. More than a couple will probably be lottery picks next year, including Austin Rivers (Duke), Michael Gilchrist (Kentucky) and Anthony Davis (Kentucky).

For now, NBA Draftniks are waiting on Harrison Barnes, Derrick Williams, Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones, among others, to announce their decisions on this year's draft.

--Zac Jackson


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