Luka Sakota, Canada, PG, Class of 2020, Uncommitted
-Has grown an inch or so since we first evaluated him last year. 6'4 point guard with decent length. Still very young in the face, far from maxed out physically. Strong legs.
-Super polished skill level for his age. Tight hand, can play at different speeds. Excellent feel for the game. Plays the right way. Makes an effort to get others involved in transition and the half court. Comfortable in PnR.
-Ball comes out really smoothly. Excellent rotation with his feet set. Simple mechanics that don't have a lot of moving parts.
-Touch finishes around the rim. Can use either hand.
-Can sit down and slide on the defensive end. Strong instincts and fundamentals.
-Gets rave reviews for his work ethic. Laser focus.Weaknesses
-Strong legs but average frame up top. Shoulders are a bit narrow.
-Average athlete in terms of explosiveness. Plays below the rim in the half court. Relies more on change of pace and smarts to break a defense down.
-Can improve his ability to great space and make shots off the dribble.
-Defensive potential is slightly limited by his average frame and explosiveness. Sound mechanically but how will he handle strong athletes as the level of competition rises?Outlook
Sakota, who is well-regarded in Canada despite choosing not to play on the AAU circuit, impressed for the second straight year thanks to his feel for the game, offensive polish, shooting stroke and professional approach. How he develops physically will go a long in determining his long-term upside, although he does already have solid positional size at 6' 4. It's rare to see a player with Sakota's maturity, poise and feel at his age, all of which makes him one of the top short and long-term prospects to play in the 201 Futures Game.