Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Meet Niels Giffey
Niels Giffey is a 6-foot-7, 205 pound, versatile small forward from Berlin, Germany. He is considered one of the top players in that country, shining in several national games. He was widely coveted by big named schools such as Michigan, Louisville, UCLA, and Gonzaga, but chose UConn because of his love for Ray Allen. Giffey has a nice outside shot, hitting 46% from deep, isn’t afraid to knock down free throws late in tight ballgames, and he also has an above the rim game. The major knock to his game is his ball handling. He tends to dribble himself into trouble. He should thrive in Calhoun’s pick and roll offense, because he has shown that he can catch and shoot effectively, which is something UConn has been lacking. He is also a solid defender, even taking on defending the center position. While he is an elite overseas player, he will have some adjustment to the college game.