Introducing: 2020 Forward Emmanuel Ndatuje

Whistle 2 Whistle stopped in Orlando, Florida this past week to check out the action at The Grind Session’s Amusement Park Classic. In a loaded field of talented players and teams, there were a couple guys flying under our radar that showed up and showed out. Among those players was Class of 2020 Inspire Prep (FL) forward Emmanuel Ndatuje.

In game one for Ndatuje he solidified himself as one of the purest shooters in the event, knocking down four threes on their way to a win over The Rock (FL). He continued to prove he was capable of hitting three-point shots, as he hit at least one three-pointer in all three games while at the Amusement Park Classic. At 6’11” with a smooth shooting stroke from behind the arc, Ndatuje oozes potential.

Ndatuje spoke on his hot shooting performance after game one, saying “I missed my first couple shots early, but I told myself I had to keep shooting to get our team back in the game since we were down 11-0. Once I hit a couple shots it got our team going. It started with the three, then I hit the mid-range shot, and another three; then we just got it going from there.”

While there are still many parts of his game that need to be polished, Ndatuje’s shooting ability gives him great upside as a prospect. With improved ball handling ability and strength, he could become a dominant scorer and the number one option for his team. Defensively, he’ll need to improve on his lateral quickness to defend players on the perimeter and could potentially be an elite shot blocker due to his extreme length.

As for schools recruiting Ndatuje, he said, “One or two schools have been in contact a little bit, but it’s really been quiet. I hope to see that pick up.”

With two more years to develop after this season, Ndatuje could possibly blossom into a future high-major prospect. He possesses a build similar to that of Thon Maker at his age, but isn’t quite as athletic. He’s without a doubt a Division 1 prospect, so it will be interesting to see what kind of player he grows into over the next couple years.


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