Creighton Recruit Focus: Toby Hegner

Dec 17, 2011; Omaha, NE, USA; Creighton Bluejays mascot greets fans during the first half against the Houston Baptist Huskies at the CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Ryerson-USA TODAY Sports

 

Profile:

Position:  Power Forward

Size:  6-foot-10 200 pounds

High school and travel league:  Berlin High School and Wisconsin Playmakers

Recruit Rankings:

ESPN’s 48th ranked PF and a 3-star recruit

Rivals.com rates Toby as a 3-star recruit

247Sports.com’s 121st ranked PF

Scout.com rates Toby as a 3-star recruit

Strengths:

For his size, Hegner brings a solid offensive repertoire to the arena.  He has sound footwork in the low post and has the ability to finish with both hands.  That’s an underrated skill that can buy you a few cheap buckets throughout the game by lulling the defender into a false sense of a routine.  But he can also step away from the paint and hit the jump shot with range out to the 3-point line.

When asked who he believed his game was most similar to, he responded “I’m like Doug,” referring to the Doug McDermott. “I can score off the dribble, I love to knock down 3-pointers and I can go into the post and bang.”

Could you imagine two Doug McDermott’s on the floor at the same time?  I don’t think the opposition even wants to contemplate such a scenario.

Weaknesses:

Recruiting sites and articles fail to mention a word about Hegner’s defensive skills or presence.  So it seems reasonable to assume that it is mediocre at best.  However, it has been noted that he needs to improve his strength for the next level.  If Hegner wants to become an elite offensive player like McDermott, he will need to be able to hold his own in the low post.  Combine his skills around the basket with his ability to step out and drain long range jumpers and coach Greg McDermott could have himself another special player on his hands.

How he will fit in:

To state the obvious – Hegner won’t be taking any playing time away from McDermott, but the other forward spot is currently open with Gregory Echenique graduating.  Coach McDermott has options, but he may find himself cycling through a handful of players and going with Hegner when he is in need of offense.  Hegner has a seemingly very high ceiling, and it appears he has chosen the correct school given who he claims his game is most similar to.  A year of tutelage from McDermott could set him off on the right path for a very productive college career.  And that’s probably why Coach McDermott said “he he was the happiest coach in America,” when Hegner committed to Creighton.

Recruiting video:

Don’t be turned off by the lack of sound or music.  I know.  It’s weird.  But the kid can play and this video shows that.

Topics: Basketball, Big East Basketball, Creighton Bluejays, Doug McDermott, Toby Hegner

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