H: 6' 6"|
W: 200 lbs
(23 Years Old)
|Agent: Ricardo Sbezzi ||
Hometown: Maddaloni, Italy
Drafted: Pick 53 in 2014 by Timberwolves
Arguably the most seasoned international prospect eligible for the 2014 NBA Draft, 21 year old wing Alessandro Gentile has been a productive scorer on the European seen since he was a teenager. With his season nearing a close as his team is in the Italian league playoffs, we evaluate where his stock is at currently.
Another talented young player seeing consistent minutes in Serie A, Alessandro Gentile faces some of the same challenges that other European wing prospects have to overcome. Lacking great lateral quickness and NBA caliber athleticism, Gentile hasn't been terribly consistent for Benetton Treviso, but at just 18 years old, he has an incredibly promising future in the European game.
Standing 6'6 with a solid frame, Gentile has nice size for a wing on any level, but his suspect foot-speed is a big concern, especially on the defensive end. His strength and ability to score from the perimeter has allowed him to put up excellent numbers for Italy's junior selections. Leading the U18 European Championships in scoring and ranking third at the U20 European Championships, Gentile is able to impose his will on weaker guards, but he'll have to continue to gain experience and maturity to translate his superb scoring instincts against more experienced and stronger defenders this season in Serie A.
Gentile's offensive game is predicated on his streaky jump shooting ability. Sporting a compact, but somewhat awkward release on his perimeter shot, Gentile has very quick shooting mechanics that can at times lead to inconsistent results. He has good range, excellent touch and is capable of hitting shots off of one or two dribbles, but has been inconsistent this season and will force some questionable looks from the perimeter from time to time. Not terribly active without the ball in his hands, Gentile could stand to continue improving his all-around floor game, since he doesn't create opportunities for his teammates and right now is somewhat limited in other areas offensively.
Gentile's biggest weakness offensively, both in Italy and from a NBA perspective is his lack of finishing ability around the rim. Able to bully his way to the basket in junior play, the talented youngster has struggled mightily when putting the ball on the floor and shooting around the basket in Serie A this season. Able to use straight line drives to get to the rim and running the floor well in transition, Gentile regularly turns the ball over, gets his shot blocked at the rim, and doesn't defer when well-defended. As he continues to get playing time and learns how to get his shot off more effectively, Gentile's efficiency should improve.
On the defensive end, Gentile has an extremely difficult time keeping his man out of the lane due to his lack of lateral quickness, but does generate some turnovers by taking some risks. Whether he's defending the pick and roll or closing out shooters, he struggles to deny penetration, raising some red-flags regarding his NBA potential. His ability to improve on this end will likely play a large role in how he's ultimately judged by NBA decision makers, but he has plenty of time to continue to work on this part of his game until that time comes.
Considering that Gentile turned 18 just a few weeks ago, the fact that he's seeing regular rotation minutes at this level is a sign in itself that he's quite a talented prospect. If he becomes a more consistent shooter and adds some versatility to his offensive game, he could become a leading offensive player in the European game. As it stands, though, his physical tools put some restrictions on his NBA ceiling, something he'll have to work hard on to overcome. Questions about his attitude and less than stellar reports from the junior level on his intangibles don't help in that regard, though he appears to have made progress in that area according to reports.