Detroit Catholic Central forward Justin Rukat had a breakout game versus Detroit Country Day, showing a versatile skillset and ability to be effective from multiple spots on the floor on his way to 24 points, 7 rebounds and a block.
The 6’7 junior is a bit under the radar right now, but small colleges at the Division III/NAIA level should definitely take note. Here’s our take on Justin’s game:
Good Shooter – Justin displayed range out to 22 feet, knocking down a triple and multiple midrange jumpers when his feet were set. Tons of potential as a pick and pop, stretch 4 prospect. Looks very comfortable with his jumper.
Soft Touch/Good Finishing – Rukat has really good touch around the rim with either hand, he keeps the ball high when finishing to avoid guards swiping at the ball at getting his shot blocked. He also has great hands, catching everything thrown his way, whether the pass is low or high.
Good Outlet Passer – Justin really impressed as an outlet passer after pulling down defensive boards, hitting his guards in stride as they leaked out in transition for easy baskets. Accurate with good timing.
Fluidity – Rukat has good body control, and moves his feet pretty well in space for a big. While he’s not explosive, he’s not robotic by any means and has plus agility.
Areas for Development:
Athletcisim – Justin needs to improve his ability to elevate in tight spaces, as it would make him a better finisher, rebounder and rim protector. Also needs to add muscle mass and strength in order to avoid getting bumped off his spots and finish through contact.
Back to the Basket/Footwork – Rukat looks really good as face up shooting forward, but we didn’t really see any back to the basket game or use of his pivot in the paint. That doesn’t necessarily mean he doesn’t have that in his arsenal, but it would make him nearly unstoppable at the High School level if it were a consistent part of his game.