Analyzing Anthony Black, Allen Flanigan, and Johni Broome
January 9th, 2023
By Alan Lu
I decided to take the time to watch Anthony Black and Arkansas play against Auburn in a January 7th game that took place a couple of days ago. With Nick Smith Jr. injured, it was Anthony Black’s chance to shine as the primary ball-handler and lead scorer on his team, and Black played really well in his absence. On the other hand, Auburn was in control for much of this game, as they made shots, moved the ball well, and defended well, and they received solid team play as well as a superb performance from their senior guard, Allen Flanigan to get the win over Arkansas. Here are my thoughts on how Black and other various prospects fared in this game.
Arkansas’ 6-7 freshman, Anthony Black is a very athletic, skilled point forward that thrived as a scorer and defender in his team’s loss to Auburn. He is an aggressive playmaker that especially thrived at getting to the free throw line, and he would contort his body in such ways that would enable him to hunt for fouls in order to draw many free throws.
Black did a very good job of scoring off the dribble. He drove hard to his right to score on a thunderous dunk early on, and he was able to finish the play high above the rim. He excels at driving to his right, and he was able to use a hesitation move and take on the contact to score another time. Plus, Black would often draw fouls upon his defenders to get to the free throw line, and he has a herky-jerky style that allowed him to draw a plethora of foul calls in his favor. Plus, he also would make quick cuts to the hoop, and he would dribble and lean in to draw additional free throws. He also was able to use a spin move to score on a put back off the glass. On the downside, Black was unable to make any of his three-pointers, even when he would be left wide-open from beyond the arc.
He also displayed adequate playmaking skills. Black is an unselfish player that will look to find the open man, and he can throw timely interior passes to find his teammates in stride to notch assists. He was able to push the pace and threw a lob pass to find a teammate on the break. He also threw a timely pass to a roll man to notch an assist another time. However, he also was fairly turnover prone in this game. Sometimes he would over-dribble, which would lead him to commit ball-handling turnovers. Other times, he would throw hasty, ill-advised passes that would end up getting intercepted.
Plus, Black also did a very good job of rebounding the basketball. He was quite active at crashing the glass, and he was able to get plenty of boards on both ends of the floor. He also defended well. Black is a rangy defender that can make numerous plays on the ball, and he was able to get plenty of stops to aid his team. He stayed in front of his man, which enabled him to block a mid-range jumper hard and direct the ball to himself. He also rotated to double in the high post and poked the ball off of an opposing big man to help force a ball-handling turnover. Black also did a very good job of contesting outside shots, and he would use his length and positioning to force plenty of misses. On one play though, he committed a reach-in foul after throwing an ill-advised jump pass that resulted in a turnover late in this match.
In general, Black put forth a superb showing in his team’s loss to Auburn. He thrived as a scorer off the dribble and on hustle plays, and he played a very good all-around game. He will need to be a more consistent outside shooter, but he showed much better shot-creation skills than anticipated, and he may be a better athlete than anticipated. He turned in a very strong performance, and Black is a likely lottery pick that could project to be a solid player in the NBA.
Auburn’s 6-6 senior swingman, Allen Flanigan put forth a tremendous showing in his team’s win over Arkansas. He’s had an up and down season this year, but he played terrific basketball in this game. He is a very athletic swingman that can score the basketball in a variety of ways, and he has the potential to develop into a plus-level playmaker and defender at the NBA level.
Flanigan did a great job of making threes to provide floor spacing for his team on offense. He was able to make an open, spot-up three on the break. He also would pull up to knock down dribble, three-pointers effortlessly. He also managed to score on a jock cut to the hoop. Plus, he also thrived at driving to his left to score, and he was able to take on the contact to score on a left-handed drive once. Flanigan took some tough shots from the outside, but he was able to do a very good job of connecting on his pull-up jumpers to help his team.
He also displayed adequate playmaking skills. Flanigan can throw timely passes to find his teammates on the move, and he can make an assortment of passes to set up scores for them. He was able to throw an interior pass to find a cutter to notch an assist. However, sometimes he would telegraph his passes, as he threw one that got intercepted, and he also can be too loose with his handles at times. Flanigan did a great job of rebounding the basketball. He also played satisfactory defense, and he was able to contest a three-point shot to force a miss.
In summary, Flanigan is a very athletic swingman that did a terrific job of shooting and scoring the basketball, and when he’s knocking down his outside shots, he can be a really good player on the floor. When he’s shooting the ball well, it opens up the rest of his game and it adds an extra dimension to both his game and helps his team exponentially on offense. Even though he’s been inconsistent this season, he may have significantly more NBA potential than his season stats may indicate. He’ll need to continue to knock down his outside shots in the future, but if so, he could be a very intriguing pick for an NBA team in the second round of the 2023 draft.
Johni Broome had a solid showing in his team’s win over Arkansas. He is a strong, mobile big man that did a terrific job of rebounding, defending, and blocking shots, and he was able to throw down some powerful dunks to help his team on offense. Broome was active at scoring on hustle plays. He was able to run the floor to score on a strong dunk on the break. He also would look to score on short rolls, and he was able to dribble in to score on a powerful jam another time. On one play though, he missed on a roll to the rim, and he also missed on a tip-in.
Broome showed some post-up skills in this game. He was able to score on a turnaround, left-handed hook shot. He also used a drop step move to score, and he also threw down a dunk when left open around the rim on another occasion. However, he sometimes would display choppy footwork and not enough shooting touch, and he would tend to miss on baseline, turnaround jumpers. Broome did attempt an open three, but he missed despite being wide-open and getting ample time and room to shoot the ball.
He also showcased adequate playmaking skills. Broome is an unselfish player that can pass off the dribble and out of the post, and he will throw timely passes to his teammates in stride. However, he didn’t always handle the ball cleanly or well under pressure. On one play when dribbling when pressured in the high post, he tried to use a spin move baseline, but ended up losing the ball out of bounds.
Broome also did a very good job of rebounding the basketball. He also defended well in this game. Broome did a terrific job of blocking shots to help his team protect the post due to possessing good length, positioning, and timing. He would swat shots when defending in the post, and he also hustled back to swat a shot in transition. He was able to defend out on the perimeter and managed to block a shot off of a drive out of bounds. Broome has good strength to hold position when defending in the post, and he also would contest shots both in the paint and out on the perimeter to force a wealth of misses. On the downside, sometimes he would over-help when defending pick and rolls, which left a roll man open once. He also rotated but got beat off the dribble, which led his team to allow a basket another time.
Overall, Johni Broome is a strong, fairly athletic big man that thrived at making plays to help shore up his team’s interior play in this game. He will need to continue to improve his face-up game and perimeter skills, but he is a solidly productive player that could end up being a worthwhile pick for an NBA team in the second round of the 2023 draft.
Ricky Council IV had his ups and downs in his team’s loss to Auburn. He shot the ball well early on, and he was able to make some athletic plays on both ends of the floor, but in this game overall, he was riddled by inconsistent shooting and defense, and shoddy ball-handling.
Council was at his best when looking to score on hustle plays. He was able to sprint down court to get the ball, which enabled him to score o an thunderous dunk. He also showed a decent three-point shot, as he was able to knock down a couple of open, spot-up threes, but he also missed his fair share of threes off the catch. Council did manage to make a smooth, pull-up, mid-range jumper early, but he struggled to knock down mid-range jumpers consistently, as he would sometimes tend to miss on tough, off-balanced shots.
He also showed a decent ability to score off the dribble. Council used a pump fake and drove in from the baseline, and then utilized a nice Euro-step move to score. On another drive to his left, he ended up having it blocked out of bounds that time. Council is an aggressive scorer that will look for his shot, but he’s not super quick off the bounce, and he will have to change directions more to score on half-court sets on a consistent basis.
He also was fairly turnover prone in this game. While he predominantly looked to score, Council was able to throw an interior pass to find an open man to notch an assist, and he also was able to make a patient, drive and kick pass another time. However, he had trouble handling the ball when pressured, and he would tend to over-dribble, which would lead him to get balls poked away to commit turnovers.
While he didn’t grab many boards in this contest, Council was able to get a board on each end of the floor. Defensively, he looked to be fairly average. He was able to contest a shot inside to force a miss, and he was able to block a shot. He gives good effort on the defensive end, and he would stay with the play after getting beat initially, which would enable him to recover to force some misses. However, he had trouble staying in front of his man and he would tend to get beat off the dribble, which would sometimes lead his team to commit fouls and allow scores.
Overall, Council was able to make some solid plays in this game, but he struggled to make plays consistently in his team’s loss to Arkansas. He will need to be a more consistent player when he is on the floor, and he will need to improve his jump shot, ball-handling skills, and defense, but his athleticism and two-way potential could enable him to be an intriguing option for teams to consider in the second round of the 2023 draft.
Auburn’s 5-11 junior, Wendell Green Jr. played very well in his team’s win over Arkansas. He is an agile, skilled point guard that showed off versatile scoring skills, as he would score on strong drives as well as on a back door cut, and he also shot the ball well from long distance. He ran off of a ball screen to make a quick three while getting fouled early on, and he also used a quick crossover to make a pull-up three from well beyond the arc shortly afterwards.
He was fairly average as a playmaker in this game. He would sometimes throw timely interior passes to find his teammates in stride, but other times he would over-dribble, which would get him into trouble and cause him to commit ball-handling turnovers. He also defended well in this game. Green was able to pick off a pass early on to get a steal, and he also would poke balls away from his opponents to get additional steals.
Overall, Green had a strong showing in this game, and he especially thrived as a shooter and scorer on offense. He will need to take better care of the basketball, as well as to show that he can defend upper-echelon opponents well on a consistent basis, but still, he played very well in this game, and in a favorable scenario, he could end up being a solid backup point guard in the NBA.
Arkansas’ 6-9 senior forward, Jalen Graham threw down a thunderous dunk off of a roll to the rim, and he thrived as a roll man in this game. He was able to get the ball on a short roll another time, which enabled him to dribble in and score on a floater. However, he had trouble defending Broome in the post, and he would get beat on strong moves, which would lead him to commit fouls and allow scores. Overall, Graham is a very athletic combo forward that can make energetic, hustle plays to help his team, but he will need to improve his shooting and defense, but his athleticism, size, and potential to be versatile could enable him to compete for a roster spot in the NBA someday.
Jordan Walsh had a poor showing in his team’s loss to Auburn. He shot the ball poorly, and his inability to make shots made it tough for him to try to get going in this game. For the positives, he flashed the ability to score in the post, and Walsh seemed to be at his most comfortable when posting up. On the block, he used a rip move to go right on the baseline, which enabled him to score on a strong move. He also was able to score on a powerful dunk when left open at the rim. However, sometimes he would dribble in and use drop steps, but would miss wildly around the basket. He also would miss put backs off of offensive rebounds, and he had some trouble scoring in traffic. Also, Walsh was unable to make any of the threes that he attempted, even though he would get ample time and space to shoot them off the catch.
He also showcased adequate playmaking skills. Walsh is an unselfish player that will move the basketball, and he was able to push the pace off of a defensive rebound and threw an outlet pass to set up a score for a teammate on the break. He showed solid court sense, and he was able to throw long passes to find the open man. However, he had some trouble handling the ball when pressured, and he would sometimes drive in too fast and wildly, which would lead him to commit charging fouls when driving to the basket.
Walsh also did a great job of rebounding the basketball, and he was especially active at crashing the glass to help his team get offensive boards. He also played adequate defense. Walsh was able to block a shot in the post to himself. He also would use his length to contest outside shots to force some misses. He showed good footwork to defend opposing ball handlers out on the perimeter to force them to pass the basketball. Sometimes though, he would get beat off the dribble and off cuts, which would lead his team to commit fouls and allow scores. He had some trouble defending in one-on-one situations, and another time, he gave up too much space and allowed his man to score on a three-point shot.
Overall, Walsh did not play well, as he did not make many shots, and he had some trouble defending his man in this game. He will need to improve his jump shot and defense, and he may need to stay in school to hone his game. If he can make significant strides to improve his overall game, he could end up being a worthwhile second round pick in the 2024 draft, as he could end up being a 3 and D type of role player in the NBA someday.
Auburn’s freshman big man, Yohan Traore came in with some early season draft buzz, but that has cooled off as he has not played nearly as well as hoped since. He received limited playing time in this game, and he was not wholly effective overall. Right now, his defense may be ahead of his offense. For the positives, Traore played decent defense in this game. He was able to rotate to poke a ball away on a drive to get a steal. Another time though, his team appeared to be in a zone, and he didn’t guard a person, and his team ended up allowing an open man to score at the rim.
On offense, Traore missed an open three-point shot off the catch. He also tried driving aggressively to the rim late in this match, but collided into a defender and was called for an offensive foul that also led him to commit a turnover. Overall, Traore hasn’t received much playing time, and he hasn’t shot the ball nearly as well as hoped. He’ll likely need to stay in school, and he’ll need more time to hone his game, but if he can make significant strides to do so, he could end up being an intriguing pick late in the second round, as he could be a project player that may have enough upside to thrive as a skilled, rotational big man at the NBA level.
Anyways, those are my thoughts on how Anthony Black, Allen Flanigan, and other various prospects fared in the Auburn-Arkansas game that was played on January 7th. Thanks for reading.