|Wesley Da Silva|
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adidas Nations Scouting Reports: Wing Prospects|
August 11, 2015
-Very good size for a wing. Not yet physically developed, but has a big frame with a lot of room for growth. Long arms, big hands.
-Led Adidas Nations in PER (31) and points per 40 minutes (33.9)
-Very good athlete who can play above the rim in transition and the half court.
-Prolific in transition. Fills the lanes hard. Really good body control. Uses eurosteps.
-Creative finisher. Shot 67.4% from two on 20.6 attempts per 40 minutes pace adjusted. Doesn't shy away from contact. Gets to the free throw line.
-Long strides. Can straight line attack.
-Tremendous defender. Pressures the ball. Active hands. Makes plays off the ball.
-Plays with extremely high intensity and energy. Emotional player.
-Crashes the offensive glass. Not afraid to throw his body around.
-Moves really well off the ball. Doesn't stand in the corner. Always finds himself around the ball.
-Struggles from the perimeter but mechanics aren't broken. Hasn't had much coaching. Has recently made some tweaks to his shooting that could pay off long term
-Has improved as a passer. Not quite as wild as he's been in the past.
-Very limited ball handler. Carries the ball regularly. Struggles to create offense in the half court.
-Not a consistent threat to make shots from the perimeter. Doesn't have great natural touch. Career 16/50 (32%) 3P% in 1100 minutes. 3-pointers make up a very small fraction (14%) of his overall field goal attempts thus far in career
-No pull up game. Uncomfortable taking jump shots off the bounce.
-Right hand dominant, especially around the rim.
-Still has a tendency to get out of control and force up wild shots in the paint. Developing feel and passing ability.
-Room to add weight on his frame but is still fairly thin.
Albeit against some of the lesser teams at the camp, Wesley Da Silva was one of the most productive players at Adidas Nations. He hasn't changed all that much since we first evaluated him at the 2014 FIBA Americas in Colorado Springs, but it's hard not to like his combination of physical tools, athleticism, defense, and non-stop motor. It remains to be seen where Da Silva will end up next season (some rumors indicate he may be moving to Spain), but he's without a doubt worth tracking as he continues to work on developing a consistent jumper, filling out his frame and tightening up his ball skills.
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2014 FIBA U18 Americas Championship: World Scouting Reports
June 26, 2014
-Good size and length for a wing. Frame that should fill out more.
-Very athletic. Finishes above the rim.
-Non-stop motor. Relentless on the offensive glass – 9.2 offensive rebounds per 40 in four games. Constant energy.
-Extremely competitive and emotional.
-Moves off the ball. Cuts hard after post entry passes.
-Loves to get out in transition. Fills the lanes or pushes tempo himself.
-Attacks the rim in a straight line. Isn't afraid of contact. Finishes well. Gets to the free throw line at an extremely high rate.
-Very good defender. Can get a little hunched over but pressures the ball, moves his feet. Makes plays off the ball.
-Some potential as a shooter. Good looking free throw stroke.
-Below average ball handler. Palms the ball almost every time. High, loose dribble.
-Not going to create offense off the dribble.
-Isn't a consistent threat from three. Shot is a little slow. No in-between game. Pushes the ball to the rim.
-Not a very good passer. Gets out of control. Forces the issue too much at times.
-Emotions can work against him. Technical-prone.
-Good frame but needs to get stronger.
Outlook (Also called Wesley Alves Da Silva). Da Silva isn't the most skilled player but his size, athleticism and relentless motor make him an intriguing prospect. He needs to improve his perimeter skills – namely ball handling and his perimeter jump shot – to make it at the next level but he possesses intangibles that can't be taught. It will be interesting to see if Da Silva can develop his perimeter skills and turn himself into more than just an energetic athletic.
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