The first day of the 2012 Adidas Eurocamp has concluded, we can begin to make preliminary thoughts on the players involved, from those who have impressed to others who have fallen short of expectations.
Among the players who have as their goal the next NBA Draft, the one that garnered the best impression was definitely Tornike Shengelia (F, Georgia, 1991). The Georgian forward (9 points, 5 rebounds in 20 minutes), last year in Charleroi, has shown a great penetrating skills, using all the weapons at his disposal, such as the use of excellent strength for his age and a solid understanding of his game.
The same can be said for Ilkan Karaman (PF, Turkey, 1990) (4 points, 5 rebounds) who used his strength and great explosion in addition to a solid defensive and rebounding effort.
Tomas Satoransky (G, Czech Republic, 1991) played decently and under control perhaps also because of jet lag (yesterday he was at Draft Combine in Chicago). He shot well shooting a combined 8-of-11, averaging 10.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3 assists). Josep Franch (PG, Spain, 1991), who alternated great plays at incredible speed to doubtful decisions on offense (8.5 ppg in 2 games).
Of the remaining NBA hopefuls Nihad Djedovic played sparingly on the All-Star team but looked solid in his second game (14 points but 4 turnovers), Tomislav Zubcic looked good with 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks, and big Dusan Cantekin scored 4 points with three rebounds but looked out of position on defense and picked up three fouls.
Obviously the most awaited player of the day was Evan Fournier (G/F, France, 1992), who did not take part in collective training, but did have an individual workout where he showed good skills and a nice shot that tended to get in but nothing else interesting. It was certainly not a great test this 1vs0…
There are opposing views on the small Andrew Albicy (PG, France, 1990) and rangy Abdoulaye Loum (PF, France, 1991). The first (6 points, 3 assists, 3 turnovers) is loved for energy intake and the great defensive effort despite poor decision-making on offense. Loum was very disappointing in a perimeter role, getting some laughs from GMs and NBA scouts after the second air ball.
Another poor performer was Devon Van Oostrum (PG, England, 1993) (0 points, 0-5 FG, 4 turnovers), who seemed to be more on showcase than on a basketball court. He was too interested in showing his qualities, with questionable shot choices, head down and many, too many turnovers. The talent can be seen but he must learn to play more with his teammates.
In conclusion there were good impressions from European Leagues prospect like Mark Zirbes (FC, Germany, 1990 – 7 ppg, 6 rpg in 2 games), Darko Planinic (C, Croatia, 1990 – 9 points), Daniel Diez (F, Spain, 1993 – 5 points in 14 minutes) and Bojan Dubljevic (PF, Montenegro, 1991). Dubljievic (5 points in 16 minutes) especially has seemed much more mature than his peers, both in mental and physical toughness and the effectiveness of his post game.
The young James Metecan Birsen (GF, Turkey, 1995) (8 points, 3-for-3 FG) deserves an honorable mention as he gave the impression of having tremendous potential for the future.
Lorenzo Neri is an International Scout and Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball. More of Lorenzo’s work can be seen at Draftology. Thanks to adidas for the photos.