Memphis Transfer Tarik Black Commits to Kansas

Nick Laham

Black averaged 8.1 points per game for Memphis last year

He was one of the most coveted transfers for this coming season, and after visiting Duke (among others), former Memphis Tiger Tarik Black is coming to Kansas.

Black averaged just 8 ppg for Memphis last year, but played in fewer than 20 minutes per game. His tempo free numbers are very promising: he shot 59% from two and had an offensive rebounding rate above 10%. He also shot 41% on two point jumpers.

Defensively Black has a 16% defensive rebounding rate but doesn't block a lot of shots and struggles positionally.

Black was the 54th ranked player in his high school class and the 7th rated center. He probably enters the 2013-14 season as a co favorite to start alongside Perry Ellis in the frontcourt (along with Jamari Traylor).

The most recent Draft Express report for Black is half a year old or so, but here is what they had to say:

A slightly undersized power forward possessing every other athletic tool scouts look for, the Memphis native's impressive physical profile is what makes him such an efficient collegiate scorer, gives him intriguing upside, and makes his inability to consistently impact games so frustrating.

As effective as Black proved to be around the rim en route to his respectable 10.7 point per-game average, he still has plenty of room to grow offensively. He has made just 1 of the 11 jump shots he's attempted at the collegiate level, shot below 60% from the line two-consecutive years, and is yet to show the ability to put the ball on the floor and attack the rim. In order to make himself a more versatile offensive threat, Black would be well served to expand his offensive game and particularly his polish in the post.


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