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Quick notes on a meaningsless game

December 19th, 2013 · No Comments

When you are in Berlin and there is a Eurocup game going on, there are good chances that I go to see that match even if there is not much to expect. Well, it was the case today between ALBA and Mons but here are some quick notes on two auto-eligible draft prospects.

Amaury Gorgemans – 2m08 – PF/C – 1992 – Belfius Mons-Hainaut

Gorgemans saw lots of minutes today as he started the game on the PF position. Mainly used for shooting skills, the Belgian prospect showed that he can be a threat from behind the three-point line in the first half. He mainly plays off the ball and nearly never posts up, even when being defended by smaller power forwards. He is waiting for the kick out passes to take open jump shots. In the Mons offense, he got several touches and he nearly fired up every shot he could which did not please his coach who prefers and long 24s offense.

His shooting mechanics are nicely developed but not very fast. He does not elevate much from the floor when taking a shot and with his limited wingspan, he is even a threat for being blocked by close-out defenders. He can also put the ball on the floor after the little head fake but both of his drives ended up in a turnover as he could not handle the ball under pressure.

Close to the basket, Gorgemans is not very dangerous. He can of course convert the open dunk but missed quite badly when he tried to score against a defender from close. He is not very present in rebounding despite a good second jump but he loses control easily when he is pushed around by physically stronger defenders. In the end, Gorgemans has the potential to become a role player in a stretch-four or even stretch-five mode. His defensive presence is correct but he needs to become a lot more stable in the post in order to be more versatile.

Bar Timor – 1m90 – SG/PG – 1992 – ALBA Berlin

The Israeli-German guard started the game for ALBA but had no real impact during his first minutes on the court on offense. He went for a steal though but overall, it was nothing to be talking about. When the 92 born came back to the court in the second quarter, he was more aggressive as he attacked the basket on the drive and could score two difficult layups, once with his right hand after a rugby-like move, once with the left hand going for a tough floater off the glass. Defensively he struggled to stay in front of his opponents or go over screens at moments on this level which explains probably why he sees only limited minutes in the Bundesliga despite the high praises he received before the season.

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