The good news of the training session of the second day of the 2012 adidas Eurocamp is that there continued to be great intensity and competitive spirit. This is a great sign for everyone: coaches (where Euroleague coach Andrea Trinchieri draws great attention), for players and especially for the large group of by GM’s , scouts and professionals.
The player who gained the most today was the thin Oleksander Lypovyy (G, Ukraine, 1991), (8 points on 3-for-3 shooting) who has impressed for the great versatility, not only on offense. He showed considerable talent with great court-vision, shooting touch and good qualities as a playmaker, relying on strong and secure ball handling. Competitive, has accepted the challenge against Evan Fournier and forced him into difficult choices on offense.
About Fournier, he was involved in two games where he did not particularly excel, but played with great confidence, showing some limits (decision-making, absorption of contact in the paint), but was nevertheless able to bring his usual scoring contribution with 14 points in the first game and 12 in the second. At the end of the day he flew to America (as Tomas Satoransky) to join the NBA workout.
The French were the great protagonists of the day, and not only for the presence of the U20 national team. While Leo Westermann (PG 92) showed his great intelligence on the court despite having only scored one field goal while Rudy Gobert (C 92) (15 points on 7-for-8 shooting) had several GM’s and scouts impressed. Athletic and very long (7’0” tall, 7’8” wingspan) and very smart, the French center showed good moves in the paint and surprising speed, covering the court with a few strides. This performance has not only increased the already great interest in him, although he has decided to leave the draft this year to focus on his personal growth.
Louis Labeyrie (F, France, 92) (11 points, 7 rebounds), has great athleticism but is especially gifted with great defensive instincts, good at understanding the rotations, always in the right position and helping on the weak side with his timing. He remains unfinished but has significant potential.
A strong performance was shown by Olek Czyz (SF, Poland/Nevada, 90) and Nemanja Jaramaz (PG, Serbia, 91). Czyz showed great explosiveness (13 points) combined with good ability to use the paint and fakes to overcome the defender. Jaramaz is a great playmaker with patience and intelligence, important for a player who exceeds 2 meters. Both seem to be ready for a considerable European level.
The NBA hopeful who made the best impression was Tornike Shengelia. He scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a Eurocamp All-Stars 75-46 romp over the Australian club. That came after a lackluster performance earlier in the day where he only scored four points and grabbed one rebound in 20 minutes of play.
Lastly, there was a solid performance by Nikola Ivanovic (PG, Montenegro, 94), who despite his young age showed an unexpected maturity in decision-making, game-rhythms and passing skills. Do not underestimate his well-developed upper body, ideal for playing through contact.