I just wanted to give you all a review of Steve's skills, potential, strengths, and weaknesses from a Pitt student's prospective who has watched every single game in which he has taken part in the US.
Let me start by saying you guys got a hell of a player.
Steve is not soft. He is not going to be Thabeet 2.0. The dude is strong, relentless on defense and on the offensive glass, and is just scratching the surface of his potential offensively. I would have been fine if my Sixers drafted him at 11 but instead we atom bombed our entire team.
As soon as he gets playing time, if NOTHING else were to happen to him developmentally, he will be able to give you guys excellent post defense, offensive rebounding, and shot blocking. He is not gonna get pushed around by Marc Gasol and Tim Duncan. His offensive strengths right now are awareness on the offensive boards, and finishing. Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, and Reggie Jackson are going to get Steve open looks down low and he will finish them with authority or go hard to the basket every time. He gets to the line, I thought, a very good amount but unfortunately he can't hit many of them. He is a willing and above average passer, especially for his size. For a white guy, steve has one of the best verticals I have seen put to use in games. He plays with his head above the rim and he has huge hands for catching dump offs. He will convert at an exceptional rate when he is set up by your all-stars. His last strength is his personality. Phenomenal kid and a great human being. He is hilarious and will crack you guys up for years to come. I was sad he left so early at Pitt while promising to return throughout the season. He visited New Zealand after the season ended and saw his 17 siblings (17 freaking brothers and sisters) poor and struggling and he was almost certainly pressured into declaring early to help them out. He will do whatever the team asks him to.
Steve has been playing organized basketball for I believe just over 5 years. His knowledge of the game is probably a C- at this point honestly but if you watched Steve's progression throughout the season and didn't see major improvement then you were blind. He made leaps and strides offensively, and with his game IQ and was honestly the only Pitt player who could score effectively against WItchita State in the tournament.
Moving on, offense is certainly his weakness at this point. He didn't show much jump shot consistency at pitt although his form is actually decent. You gawf at his low numbers but Jamie Dixon did not give him large amounts of minutes at all as Jamie always does to his star players for some reason. If you compare his playing time to other lottery picks I would bet you he had to be near the bottom. His free throw shooting is bad guys. It is bad. Again, his form isn't bad however, and began converting more from the line as the season progressed. If he shot even 70% (up from like 50) he would have averaged around 9 points. He is unselfish to a fault sometimes and he admitted he gets more out of seeing his teammates do well than himself. He has to work on his post game and his jump shot/free throw shot the most in my opinion and just expand his knowledge of the game.
Barring some strange, utter collapse by Steve I don't see how he isn't locking down your center position for years to come. OKC is honestly the perfect fit for him and I think you guys are going to love him. I honestly believe he has All-star potential years down the line because of his measurements, personality, and low amount of current experience. He is a freak and will form potentially the best defensive front court in the league in 2-3 years.
I hope you guys enjoy him as much as I did. He is an amazing teammate, person, and could be a real steal for the Oklahoma City Thunder.