2016 forward TJ Leaf has opened up his recruitment by decommiting from the University of Arizona. The 6-9 forward out of Foothills Christian is widely regarded as one of the most skilled players in his class and a unanimous top 20 prospect.
Check out the scouting report on Leaf below and stay tuned to PGU for more recruiting updates:
Combo-forward with a power forward lean who attends Foothills Christian High School out of Lakeside, CA and runs with the Compton Magic in AAU play…. Extremely rangy at 6’9 with fantastic touch on outside shots…. Can bury it from the middle of the floor over tall defenders or use his hook shot down low to avoid contact and grab easy buckets…. When anticipating passes his hands tend to be late to the ball allowing the defender to explode through him for easy steals…. Defensive rebounding while above average could suffer at the next level due to lack of size and physicality…. He isn’t particularly aggressive on the defensive end but his help defense and blocking ability are above average…. Opposing forwards with shooting touch will feast on his inability to man up…. Top five decision making skills at the forward position…. Elite basketball IQ with the ability to set up a play from the perimeter or make quick over shoulder passes from the inside, makes opponents pay for turnovers and other mistakes. (9/13/14) Great overall skill level and understanding of the game….. Great athlete, can maneuver with the ball and elevate over defenders….. Good vision and passing ability for a player his size….. Very cerebral player who thinks the game….. Strong frame but is still mobile….. High IQ player who will be a coach’s dream for his ability to fit different schemes….. Can handle the ball well and is a capable ball handler in transition….. Plays a solid team game, no ego….. Strong grasp of fundamentals….. Leaf still needs strength to be effective on the interior, will also help him become a better rebounder….. Can play too deliberately at times….. Overall Leaf is a tremendous prospect that could be an excellent college forward because of his diverse skill set and coachability.