Abdul Ado

Updated on 5/18/21.  Written by Alan Lu.

Height: 6-11
Weight: 255
College: Cincinnati
Classification: Fifth-Year Senior
Birthdate: 10/1/1997

Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted

Pros:
Strong finisher around the basket
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Sets good screens for his teammates on offense
Decent rebounder
Solid defensive player
Very good shot blocker
Above average athlete
Good motor

Cons:
Needs to improve his face-up game
Must improve his low-post game
Needs to improve his playmaking skills
Quite raw offensively
Too passive on offense
Not an elite rebounder
Can be undisciplined defensively
Old for a draft prospect, may have limited upside

Summary:
Abdul Ado is an athletic, energetic center that may project into a defensive specialist role in the NBA.  He plays with a high-motor and he excels at blocking shots.  On the downside, he is not particularly skilled offensively, as he rarely shoots the ball, and he doesn’t have much of an offensive game or perimeter skills, and he is limited to scoring around the basket and setting screens on offense.  Right now, he is a long shot to be drafted, but his ability to block shots and play interior defense could enable him to compete for a roster spot in the NBA sometime down the road.

Links:
RealGM Profile
NBADraft.Net Profile
Mississippi State Basketball Bio
The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Article on Ado Transferring Away From Mississippi State
WKRC’s Article on Ado Transferring to Cincinnati

Games Scouted:
1/10/18 Mississippi State vs. Florida
1/4/20 Mississippi State vs. Auburn
3/20/21 Mississippi State vs. Saint Louis

Side Note:
His birthdate on RealGM and on his team’s page is listed as 10/1/1997, but NBADraft.Net lists it as 10/10/1997.  As there are more sources that state that his birthdate is the former rather than the latter, we will list his birthdate as 10/1/1997.

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