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Cholet Mondial Basket report

March 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Our reader Guillaume Althoffer has sent us a quick report on the most promising prospects in this year’s edition of the Cholet Mondial Basket tournament. Here are his notes on the players.

Filip Sepa (1m99 – SG/SF – KK Zemun – 1990)

Top scorer and MVP of the Final, Filip is a great scorer with his accurate 3pt shot and drives with lots of direction changes. He did not show a lot of mid-range jump shots and no verticality in his game, but he is very difficult to stop in transition. He has a competitive nature but remains calm in the big moments of the game. He can integrate a team easily but he is only an average defender.

Nikola Vukovic (2m03 – C – KK Zemun – 1990)

Massive inside player with good hands and excellent fundamental skills for the paint. He has some vertical leap despite his built but does not use it not that much in offense. He understands the game very well and is always on the right place in offense. He has a competitive and team orientated character.

Negueba Samake (2m11 – C – Le Mans – 1990)

Very intriguing physique, he was without any doubt the most impressive presence during the tournament but he absolutely not uses it at all right now. He is a player in full phase of development who does not force, very disciplined and tries to integrate the team play and tries to fulfill the task he has to. He has right now very limited influence to the game and he has to learn to use his physique more and to be more aggressive.

Enzo Tsonga (1m93 – SF/SG – Le Mans/INSEP – 1990)

Enzo is a very physical and strong outside player. He runs very well and played a enormous semi-final thanks to his scoring and shooting accuracy. He was less present during the final. He is very focused on scoring (shoot and drives), he is capable to come up with great defense during short stretches but he is really inconsistent in this department as well as managing his foul trouble and the rhythm of the game.

Remi Dibo (2m01 – PF – Le Mans – 1991)

Remi is an athletic and long power forward who did not get a lot of attention during the tournament despite hitting some big shots in the final. He is modern type of PF that likes to take outside shots and moves very well. He lacks of physical abilities to impose his game in the paint, so he uses essentially his outside shot and athleticism to score.

Antoine Porquier (2m01 – SF/PF – Le Mans – 1990)

Forward with good size, Antoine displayed particularly well his qualities during the final. He varies a lot in his offensive game: drives, 3pts shots, attacking the rim,… which caused some turnovers but also some very nice plays. He has no real athletic skills but he is not scared of playing hard and he can run the break very well.

Radim Klecka (1m87 – PG/SG – BCM Ostrava – 1990)

A combo scoring guard (3pts, mid-range, drives) with good passing skills and very active on both sides of the court.

Vojtech Bratcenkov (1m97 – SF – BCM Ostrava – 1991)

Scoring forward with good size, very accurate on three point shooting. He can also drive and attack the basket until the rim.

Patrick Hervé Gnagbo (2m04 – PF/C – Unelco Tenerife – 1990)

Inside player from Africa with a very long body. Well coordinated, runs the floor well, mechanic shooting but correct percentages. Big rebounder and shot blocker, who is very active in the paint but he has no back to the basket moves but shows good attitude.

Wilfried Koutouan (2m02 – PF/SF – Unelco Tenerife – 1991)

Extremely athletic african born player with long legs and ultra active which gave him the best Evaluation stat during the tournament. However, his game remains very imprecise. It is very difficult to define a position on the court for him, he has no real outside shot. Has to be scouted in a better team.

Ante Bakovic (1m80 – SG/PG – KK Split – 1991)

Talented guard without athletic abilities but displaying a very good basketball IQ, good creative moves and excellent outside shot off his left hand. Looks sometimes a bit non-concerned and he needs the ball in his hands. However, he can be a very important player in the money time.

Linas Valatkevicius (1m75 – PG – Sarunas Marciulonis BS – 1991)

Short but aggressive PG who is focusing a lot on offense and the 1-on-1 skills. Very motivated which can cause some turnovers but excellent handling skills and good passer. He can control his emotions however and has a correct three point shot. He will probably by limited by his size and eventually by his excessive character.

Thanks to Guillaume for this report.

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