One of the more intriguing prospects to emerge from this camp as far as long-term potential is concerned, Bryan Pamba is not the type of guard you expect to find on Team Africa's roster.
From a physical standpoint, Pamba has quite a bit to offer. He has good size for a point guard to go along with an excellent frame, long arms, terrific strength and outstanding athleticism. He excels primarily in transition at the moment, using big, powerful strides to make his way to the basket before finishing emphatically at the rim. His ball-handling skills remain a work in progress in the half-court, but he already shows the ability to create his own shot thanks to an excellent first step.
Defensively, Pamba is a major asset to have on the court because of his terrific size, length, strength and athleticism. He is capable of shutting down either guard position and wreaks havoc in the passing lanes with the energy, intensity and competitiveness he brings to the floor. His awareness and experience on defense leave something to be desired, but he undoubtedly has major potential at that end of the floor.
Shooting is where Pamba needs to improve the most. He sports a deliberate, awkward shooting motion that varies quite a bit from attempt to attempt and occasionally results in bad bricks. He did show the ability to make shots from time to time, though, particularly with a decent pull-up jumper from 15 feet, but this is an extremely streaky part of his game.
As a playmaker, Pamba is a mixed bag. On one hand, he displays the ability to create shots for others in the form of drive-and-dish plays and is capable of surprising you with his vision and creativity. On the other hand, he clearly lacks experience running a team in the half-court and is very much prone to pounding the ball and making poor decisions, rendering him fairly turnover prone.
His feel for the game looks improvable something that hopefully will come in time with added experience and playing time. At the moment he looks more like an Eric Bledsoe-type combo guard very much a feast or famine type from game to game and possession to possession. When at his best, Pamba displays great toughness and swagger and can do many things on the court thanks to his budding talent and excellent physical tools. But he clearly has a ways to go before reaching his full potential. He's already playing in France and is surely someone to keep an eye on over the next few years.