Scouting Report: Bobby Capobianco

  • 07/15/2008 9:00 am in

capobianco1.JPGInside the Hall got our first extended look at Loveland, Ohio forward Bobby Capobianco this past weekend at the Kentucky Hoop Fest and in our scouting report, we’ll break down the strengths and weaknesses of his game and project where he’ll fit in once he arrives in Bloomington.

Strengths: Capobianco is a physical presence to be reckoned with and while he wasn’t one of the primary options last weekend on the offensive end for Indiana Elite One, he showed a soft touch close to the basket when given an opportunity. His stroke from the free throw line also looked polished for a big man. If he can continue to develop his physical strength, he should have no problem finishing plays underneath the basket in the Big Ten. His attitude on the floor is tremendous and you can tell his teammates enjoy being around him. His willingness to patrol the paint and do the little things that add up to winning will be a hit with Hoosier fans.

Weaknesses: When Capobianco spoke to Inside the Hall shortly after his commitment, he talked about speed and agility as two areas that he’ll need to improve upon. He was able to get up and down the floor well, but will need to improve his foot speed if he hopes to step away from the basket on defense. He didn’t show much of a perimeter game this past weekend, but perhaps that was a result of his role on the Indiana Elite team. As with most big men, he’ll need to improve his ball handling.

The Bottom Line: Capobianco is a blue collar player that will be embraced by the Assembly Hall faithful. You can tell he enjoys playing the game and doing the little things that it takes to win. He probably won’t come in and contribute double-doubles right away, but if he continues to work on his strength and conditioning, he’ll see the floor sooner rather than later. He’s another solid pickup by the Indiana coaching staff.

Filed to:

  • hoostheman

    I'm excited about this kid. The Capo sounds like a banger inside and will provide the team with rebounding and intensity as soon as he gets to Bloomington. People may argue that he's a little undersized for his position, but I'll take a 6'8 bulldog over a 7' “finesse” player any day.

  • hoostheman

    I'm excited about this kid. The Capo sounds like a banger inside and will provide the team with rebounding and intensity as soon as he gets to Bloomington. People may argue that he's a little undersized for his position, but I'll take a 6'8 bulldog over a 7' “finesse” player any day.

  • TexasHoosier

    He looks like he could crush me with one hand. I bet this guy picks up mad chicks.

  • TexasHoosier

    He looks like he could crush me with one hand. I bet this guy picks up mad chicks.

  • hoosier07

    hopefully he can be the “4” to be reckoned with in the big ten 3 years from now … from what I hear, TC's strength and conditioning coach is one of the best in the business … with virtually all freshman, that could be one area where these guys will need the most improvement …

  • hoosier07

    hopefully he can be the “4” to be reckoned with in the big ten 3 years from now … from what I hear, TC's strength and conditioning coach is one of the best in the business … with virtually all freshman, that could be one area where these guys will need the most improvement …

  • Kelin Blab

    The problem I have with Bobby is there is no way in hell his name fits into a chant, like eric gordon…………this one is going to be tough…..

  • Kelin Blab

    The problem I have with Bobby is there is no way in hell his name fits into a chant, like eric gordon…………this one is going to be tough…..

  • CutterInChicago

    Good report here. Thanks

    Can we please have a thread dedicated to trashing the evil and stupid Billy Packer or did I miss that chance? I've been dancing on his broadcasting grave since I heard the news so I've been a little preoccupied

  • CutterInChicago

    Good report here. Thanks

    Can we please have a thread dedicated to trashing the evil and stupid Billy Packer or did I miss that chance? I've been dancing on his broadcasting grave since I heard the news so I've been a little preoccupied

  • JerryCT

    Nice report. I am praying for a “Tyler Hansbrough” lurking inside Capobianco and Pritchard. I think both guys side by side will spell trouble for opponents……….ie foul trouble.

    Kelin_Blab will need to coin a nickname for him in order to reach “chant” status.

    Last season Drake had a great year with athletes w attitudes and good coaching. I am sensing through Capobianco that TC's kids so far are going to be long on attitude………..and that will be a big relief and more fun to watch , win or lose, than most of last season.

  • JerryCT

    Nice report. I am praying for a “Tyler Hansbrough” lurking inside Capobianco and Pritchard. I think both guys side by side will spell trouble for opponents……….ie foul trouble.

    Kelin_Blab will need to coin a nickname for him in order to reach “chant” status.

    Last season Drake had a great year with athletes w attitudes and good coaching. I am sensing through Capobianco that TC's kids so far are going to be long on attitude………..and that will be a big relief and more fun to watch , win or lose, than most of last season.

  • Just say, Bobby……Bobby…….Bobby, 😀

  • Just say, Bobby……Bobby…….Bobby, 😀

  • [/quote]Last season Drake had a great year with athletes w attitudes and good coaching. I am sensing through Capobianco that TC's kids so far are going to be long on attitude………..and that will be a big relief and more fun to watch , win or lose, than most of last season.[quote]
    Ditto, we had the pleasure of having that with our high school basketball this past year. The difference in games is amazing when the players understand sportsmanship.

  • [/quote]Last season Drake had a great year with athletes w attitudes and good coaching. I am sensing through Capobianco that TC's kids so far are going to be long on attitude………..and that will be a big relief and more fun to watch , win or lose, than most of last season.[quote]
    Ditto, we had the pleasure of having that with our high school basketball this past year. The difference in games is amazing when the players understand sportsmanship.

  • Kelin Blab

    Trashed him yesterday bro……feel free to continue. Clark Kellog as a replacement is PERFECT…or as clark would say….DELICIOUS

  • Kelin Blab

    Trashed him yesterday bro……feel free to continue. Clark Kellog as a replacement is PERFECT…or as clark would say….DELICIOUS

  • pacino

    Is this guy a legit 6'8? I hope he can help us out down low cus we need PLENTY of it.

  • pacino

    Is this guy a legit 6'8? I hope he can help us out down low cus we need PLENTY of it.

  • MikeyD

    that's funny. has a nice ring to it

  • MikeyD

    that's funny. has a nice ring to it

  • MikeyD

    Anybody know where I can get a link to the Crean interview on Rome? Por favor

  • MikeyD

    Anybody know where I can get a link to the Crean interview on Rome? Por favor

  • Yes, he's a legit 6'8″.

  • Yes, he's a legit 6'8″.

  • ESPN.com never posted it to the site, unfortunately.

  • ESPN.com never posted it to the site, unfortunately.

  • Almost reminds you of another Bobby. (:

  • Almost reminds you of another Bobby. (:

  • HoosierSmitty

    If we get a chant going for him, I think Bobby C works quite well.

    BAH-BEE-CEE-E

    Plus Bobby C just sounds like a good Mafioso-type name.

  • HoosierSmitty

    If we get a chant going for him, I think Bobby C works quite well.

    BAH-BEE-CEE-E

    Plus Bobby C just sounds like a good Mafioso-type name.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I don't think we're going to get super stardom out of those two guys, but I think they'll be solid Indiana post players. I'm hoping to see one of these guys develop into an Eric Anderson/Alan Henderson type player., and that would be great company to be in. And if the other has the same type of career, then it's just gravy.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I don't think we're going to get super stardom out of those two guys, but I think they'll be solid Indiana post players. I'm hoping to see one of these guys develop into an Eric Anderson/Alan Henderson type player., and that would be great company to be in. And if the other has the same type of career, then it's just gravy.

  • woodpecker

    anyone remember Matt Nover???????

  • woodpecker

    anyone remember Matt Nover???????

  • Sweet! that is awesome.

  • Sweet! that is awesome.

  • JerryCT

    I keep looking for news about Pritchard this summer. Hopefully he is not playing baseball again. In my search I checked out the Lebron James Skills Academy roster . Looks like UCONN had 3 recruits and 1 current player at the camp.

    IU had none and only Roger Franklin was listed among guys we have been talking about here ( 1 or 2 HS kids from Indiana however )

  • JerryCT

    I keep looking for news about Pritchard this summer. Hopefully he is not playing baseball again. In my search I checked out the Lebron James Skills Academy roster . Looks like UCONN had 3 recruits and 1 current player at the camp.

    IU had none and only Roger Franklin was listed among guys we have been talking about here ( 1 or 2 HS kids from Indiana however )

  • b_side

    Sorry to harp on you Smitty, but you're selling Henderson really short on this one. Check out his bio from NBA.com:

    “…left Indiana University as the only player to rank in the school’s top five all-time in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and steals…as a senior, led the team in scoring (23.5 ppg), rebounding (9.7 rpg), blocked shots (2.1 bpg), steals (1.4 spg) and field goal percentage (.597)…his .597 field goal percentage was the second-best single season FG percentage in school history…named to the All-Big Ten First Team as a senior and honorable mention AP All-American as a junior and senior…was a member of Team USA in 1994 Goodwill Games, where he averaged 10.2 points and 7.2 rebounds…as a junior, he led the Big Ten in rebounding (10.3) and averaged 17.8 points in 30 games…led IU to a 17-1 Big Ten conference record as a sophomore…started 26 of 33 games as a freshman…averaged 11.6 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds en route to earning honorable All-Big Ten and third-team Freshman All-American honors. “

    The man wasn't just solid, he was a friggin' stud!

    As for Eric Anderson, although he didn't have as many accolades as Henderson, the man still got drafted by the Knicks and played in a couple abbreviated seasons in the NBA. As much as I love our new recruits, neither Pritchard or Bobby C will sniff the NBA.

  • b_side

    Sorry to harp on you Smitty, but you're selling Henderson really short on this one. Check out his bio from NBA.com:

    “…left Indiana University as the only player to rank in the school’s top five all-time in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and steals…as a senior, led the team in scoring (23.5 ppg), rebounding (9.7 rpg), blocked shots (2.1 bpg), steals (1.4 spg) and field goal percentage (.597)…his .597 field goal percentage was the second-best single season FG percentage in school history…named to the All-Big Ten First Team as a senior and honorable mention AP All-American as a junior and senior…was a member of Team USA in 1994 Goodwill Games, where he averaged 10.2 points and 7.2 rebounds…as a junior, he led the Big Ten in rebounding (10.3) and averaged 17.8 points in 30 games…led IU to a 17-1 Big Ten conference record as a sophomore…started 26 of 33 games as a freshman…averaged 11.6 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds en route to earning honorable All-Big Ten and third-team Freshman All-American honors. “

    The man wasn't just solid, he was a friggin' stud!

    As for Eric Anderson, although he didn't have as many accolades as Henderson, the man still got drafted by the Knicks and played in a couple abbreviated seasons in the NBA. As much as I love our new recruits, neither Pritchard or Bobby C will sniff the NBA.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Point well taken. Wasn't trying to sell those two guys short, just was saying our new recruits weren't going to become Tyler Hansbrough type stars, but if they developed the type of “stardom” that Anderson and Henderson had, that would be awesome.

    Both Henderson and Anderson were two players I loved to watch play, and did things the right way at Indiana.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Point well taken. Wasn't trying to sell those two guys short, just was saying our new recruits weren't going to become Tyler Hansbrough type stars, but if they developed the type of “stardom” that Anderson and Henderson had, that would be awesome.

    Both Henderson and Anderson were two players I loved to watch play, and did things the right way at Indiana.

  • I have not heard anything about Pritchard either, Big A – Anything?

  • I have not heard anything about Pritchard either, Big A – Anything?

  • I have not heard anything about Pritchard either, Big A – Anything?