#3) Ahmed Khalaf, 6'9, Center, 17.3 years old, Egypt
17.0 PTS, 14.0 REB, .7 AST, .7 STL, 4.4 BLK, 3.9 OREB, 53.2 FG%
Khalaf, who goes by Bebo, was a bright spot on an Egyptian team that finished the U17 tournament dead last in 16th place, with only 1 win and 6 losses. Khalaf's calling card was on the glass and on the defensive end posting a tournament best 5.1 blocks per 40 minutes and 17 rebounds per 40. He showed excellent instincts and timing on the defensive end, allowing him to control the paint. Offensively Khalaf's game appears to be a work in progress, despite the gaudy scoring totals he posted in Zaragoza. He showed some improving footwork in the post and decent touch around the rim but struggled to finish against length and often shied away from contact even though he was typically one of the bigger players on the floor. Khalaf doesn't run the floor well and isn't a particularly explosive athlete. He finished effectively around the basket on dump offs and offensive rebounds, but the rest of his offensive game is not very polished.
Khalaf is no stranger to the FIBA setting, as he has played up consistently in age groups in the past, competing in the U19 tournament in 2015 and the U17 tournament in 2014. This time around playing guys his own age, Khalaf was much more effective and you could see glimpses of what makes him effective as a shot blocker and rebounder. Khalaf started his pro career playing in the Egyptian Super League, but has since moved to Manresa's junior team in Spain where he has a chance to develop against strong competition. His lack of athleticism may prove to be a hindrance as a NBA prospect, but his outstanding timing as a shot-blocker and rebounder/along with his soft touch around the basket, gives him a chance to carve out a strong career at the international level.