#4) Christian Negron, 6'9, Forward, 17.6 years old, Puerto Rico
13.4 PTS, 13.6 REB, 1.4 AST, .6 STL, 2.4 BLK, 4.0 OREB, 15-31 FT%, 42.6 FG%
Christian Negron was the centerpiece for the Puerto Rican team which finished fourth overall in the competition, good enough for a berth at next year's U19 World Championship in Cairo. Negron starred for the Puerto Ricans, leading the tournament in rebounds per game, while also finishing second in offensive rebounds and blocks per game. At 6'9 with a 7'2 wingspan, Negron used his size, length, and athleticism to control the glass, posting double digit rebounds in every game, and an impressive 23 in their bronze medal game vs. Brazil. To complement his elite rebounding skills, Negron was also the anchor for the Puerto Rican defense, controlling the paint and showing great instincts on the defensive end of the floor, recognizing guard penetration and providing weak side help. Negron's offensive game remains a work in progress, finding most of his scoring on cuts, early seals, and offensive rebounds. Negron does have explosive vertical leaping ability, and looked impressive running the floor in transition and finishing above the rim on some straight line drives in the half court. Negron has two very solid skills with his rebounding and shot blocking ability that he will look to build on as he enters his senior season at Larkin High School in Illinois.