Updated: Jul 18, 2020
Weight: 205 LBS.
Hometown: Paris, France
High School: Dream City Christian (Glendale, AZ)
247Sports Ranking: No. 58 overall (2020)
Physical Overview: Long athlete, unique skill-set for his size. Lighter frame, needs to continue developing his body. Quick on his feet, high mobility level. Runs the floor well, great open court speed.
Background: French native, participated in the 2020 Basketball Without Borders Camp in Chicago earlier this year. He played alongside Marjon Beauchamp, Arthur Kaluma, Tyler Silmon, among others at Dream City Christian (AZ) this past season.
Offensive Role: Confident outside shooter, struggles with shot selection at times but has the ability to play on the perimeter. Decent pull-up game, effective at times. Dynamic speed and finisher in transition, perfect fit in Oats’ fast-paced system. Finishes dunks and put-backs strong. Not completely polished offensively, still developing interior game.
Defensive Role: Potential multi-position defender. Might struggle on bigger centers, getting into the gym with Coach Snowden will be huge. Elite shot blocker, uses length and quickness well. Solid rebounder, good interior presence. Strong team-defender, very vocal and active.
Projections: Expected high-level role player next season, likely a multi-season college player at Alabama. Good fit alongside newly added Yale graduate-transfer Jordan Bruner. Able to play together [with Bruner] as well as by himself at Center in select lineups.
Player Comparison: Nicolas Claxton/Pascal Siakam lite. He shares similar skills to Siakam with similar physical attributes to Claxton. However, it’s really tough creating comparisons for Tchikou, who has a unique game for someone his size. Many have linked comparisons to 2019 NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, you can see similarities in size and length to Rookie Giannis.
Summary: Alex Tchikou was a phenomenal addition by the coaching staff, late into the 2020 cycle. The recently reclassified big should also provide some immediate impact next season. He runs the floor, stretches it from outside and brings the blue-collar mentality, just the guy we want in Tuscaloosa. He will also be just 18-years-old through this upcoming season, indicating there‘s plenty of untapped potential in the tank.
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