FIBA Europe U18 Championship Scouting Reports: Power Forwards August 6, 2015 Jonathan Givony
-Extremely impressive physically.
-Legit 6-11. Outstanding frame that will fill out nicely in time. Long wingspan. Big hands
-Very good athlete. Mobile. Quick off feet
-Can do a little bit of everything offensively
-Made ten 3-pointers in nine games at the U19s. Capable shooter with feet set. Even knocks down an occasional pull-up 3. Can pick and pop
-Can attack a closeout driving left with a strong first step
-Can score a little with back to the basket. Has soft touch and decent footwork. Should be able to develop this part of his game in time
-Can create his own shot from mid or high post going one on one. Finishes high and soft off the glass, or finds open man spotting up from perimeter with impressive crosscourt passes
-Outstanding rebounder. 15.5 per-40 at U18s. 14.5 at U16s. Goes out of area impressively with quickness and length, good timing and can beat opponents off the ground with quick bounce off two feet
-Can handle ball smoothly and confidently in open court, sometimes going coast to coast
-Shows very nice mobility on the defensive end, including quick feet and nice length. Can cover ground, stay in front of smaller players and contest shots impressively on the perimeter. Should be able to guard both big men positions as he fills out
-Feel for game, decision making hasn't quite caught up to his skill-level and athleticism yet
-Can make 3-pointers, but is not consistent from outside (26% 3P% at U18s, 18% at U16s). Shoots ball off the side of his hand with quite a bit of side-spin rotation. Will throw up some airballs at times
-Not a really team player. Plays for himself seemingly. Needs to be reeled in offensively
-Was very inefficient (46% TS% at U18s, 46% TS% at U16s) as well as turnover prone (5.6 turnovers per-40 at U18s, 4.1 at U16s).
-Doesn't quite know what his limitations are at this stage.
-Takes crazy shots off the dribble early in the shot-clock, which sometimes go in.
-Forces the issue with his drives
-Drives wildly into traffic and then throws up low-percentage floaters or ill-advised passes
-Rarely uses his right hand on drives or finishes
-Needs to improve his advanced ball-handling ability to be as much of a driver as he wants to be
-Loves to float out onto the perimeter, even when he has a clear-cut advantage inside. Views himself as some kind of combo forward, not as a big man.
-Back to the basket game can be developed into a real weapon if he's willing to, but right now it's at a very early stage.
-Lacks a degree of toughness and physicality on the defensive end, particularly on the interior. Doesn't always look like he's operating with the highest level of intensity. Gets beat a little more than he should. Fundamentals are average. Has tremendous potential on this end of the floor, but doesn't always look fully engaged. Much more focused on his offense.
Outlook: Extraordinarily talented lefty big man with tremendous versatility. Does things that 17-year olds his size aren't normally supposed to do. Sky is the limit as his combination of physical tools, skills and upside make him one of the most intriguing long-term prospects in Europe. On the downside, looks like he's used to doing whatever he wants. Needs to be reeled in by a good coach and figure out how to play efficient basketball. Was very up and down over the course of the tournament. Team finished a disappointing 8th despite having arguably the most talented roster in the competition. Recently ruled out the NCAA track. Will likely sign in Spain, possibly in Vitoria according to rumors. [Read Full Article] Isaiah Hartenstein 2015 FIBA U18 European Championship Interview July 28, 2015 An interview with 6-11 German big man Isaiah Hartenstein at the 2015 FIBA U18 European Championship in Volos, Greece.
More FIBA U18 European Championship Content: -Tadas Sedekerskis Interview -Frank Ntilikina Interview -Verners Kohs Interview -Kostja Mushidi Interview -Lauri Markkanen Interview [Read Full Article] 2014 adidas EuroCamp: Day Two June 8, 2014 Taking part in the Jordan Brand International game earlier this spring, Isaiah Hartenstein impressed here with his combination of strength and finishing ablity. Possessing good hands, a strong lower body, and the ability to score with both hands, Hartenstein stood out more than any other player in this group. His back to the basket game is still a work in progress, but his ability to hit midrange jump shots and finish through contact allowed him to score consistently here while he flashed some shot blocking ability on the other end of the floor as well. A force at the junior level in Germany, Hartenstein is a prospect scouts will be keeping tabs on in the coming years, as he has very interesting potential, especially if he continues to grow. His father, the 6'9, 265-pound Florian Hartenstein, played collegiately at Oregon before embarking on a long career in the German BBL. [Read Full Article]