Amar Sylla


Position: PFFROM: SenegalHT: 6-9 1/2WT: 200
BORN: 10/01/01YEAR: NAWING: 7-2REACH: 8-10

Draft Notes

Sylla is a very raw prospect who has great tools to work with. His 7-2 wingspan and excellent mobility give him a lot of promise on both ends of the court. He shows some flashes of offensive ability and seems to be dripping with upside but it might take some time. It’ll be a few years before he becomes a good jump shooter and for now he’ll get most of his points on hustle plays, transition buckets and dribble drives to the rim.

He has a knack for getting out on the fast break and has exceptional open court quickness for his size.

Sylla gets both hands way above the rim with ease and has enormous athletic upside.

He shows some promise as an open court ball handler but for now he struggles with his dribble when running and isn’t always the best decision maker. He puts a lot of pressure on the defense with his rim to rim ability.

In the half court he does a really good job of using head fakes and ball fakes, mostly as a means to get the defender off balance so he can drive the ball. As he develops his outside shot those ball fakes will be even more effective. He can drive with either hand but he’s a lefty who prefers to finish with his left.

His outside shooting shows promise but is a work in progress. His shot isn’t broken and like all young bigs he’ll develop that part of his game.

Defensively he’s got elite tools and projects as a guy that can guard 2-4 in the NBA. He’s got really quick feet and exceptional overall athleticism and he can stay in front of smaller players. He’s got good awareness and defensive instincts…and those elite physical tools. He doesn’t necessarily project as a defensive anchor but he’s a good weak side shot blocker and will become a more effective rim protector as he adds strength to his frame.

The upside is definitely there with Amar Sylla and he’s got sleeper potential. He’ll take some time to develop but a few years down the road he could make a lot of teams regret passing on him.


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Draft Projection

late lottery to mid first round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft


2021 Power Forwards

  1. Usman Garuba – 6-9 – Madrid, Spain
  2. Amar Sylla – 6-10 – Senegal
  3. Greg Brown III – 6-9 – Texas
  4. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl – 6-9 – Villanova 
  5. Roko Prkacin – 6-8 – Croatia
  6. Isaiah Todd – 6-10 – G League
  7. Isaiah Jackson – 6-9 – Kentucky
  8. Matthew Hurt – 6-9 – Duke
  9. Jaemyn Brakefield – 6-8 – Duke
  10. Azuolas Tubelis – 6-9 – Arizona
  11. Keion Brooks – 6-8 – Kentucky
  12. Makur Maker – 7-0 – Howard (Australia)
  13. Trayce Jackson-Davis – 6-9 – Indiana
  14. Isaiah Mobley – 6-10 – USC
  15. Anton Watson – 6-9 – Gonzaga