Originally Posted by blacknapalm
that issue has come up, but nothing substantial yet. it's the same thing as jianlian. iffy birth records i guess. purely from a maturity standpoint he does seem older. he's actually kind of well spoken as far as knowledge of the game considering he apparently was a late bloomer. again, it's what makes part of his game intriguing. is he the defensive version of jianlian? the guy is gonna need to pull down boards and get some tip-ins. his FT% is just 55%.
He does seem older and looks older and acts older. But a European team did a study on his wrist bones and said he couldn't be older than 17 (last year tho) citing that the bone was still open and growing. They said they are willing to share the findings with draft teams.
The way the story is told - he started playing organized ball and within 9 months he was playing professionally in other countries. So he simply hasn't made a lot of baskets. His subconscious mind isn't even taking over when he does lay ups yet. But Hakeem has a similiar story and his post game was more evolved than any center to play the game by the time he finished.