Day Two Recap
Measurements and Athletic Testing Results
Despite this being a down year for international prospects as far as the NBA Draft is concerned, the level of play at the EUROCAMP was about high as we've ever seen it. The quality of talent here relative to other years was due the inclusion of 10-15 more experienced and talented players from the best leagues in Europe in lieu of guys who simply had no business being invited at all. This shift was most noticeable in the level of athleticism observed in the average prospect here, which was as high as ever.
It is amazing how many players here had good camps and are clearly capable players, but can't get off the bench for their respective clubs. This event is a huge boost to their self-esteem, gives them a change to reaffirm their talent in an all-star type setting, and offers them a terrific opportunity for exposure.
The following awards were given to the top performers in this year's EUROCAMP:
Most Valuable Player: Oleksandr Lypovyy
Hustle Player: Paul Lacombe
Most Valuable Defensive Player: Artem Klimenko
Best Center: Darko Planinic
Best Power Forward: Tornike Shengelia
Best Small Forward: Daniel Diez
Best Shooting Guard: Evan Fournier
Best Point Guard: Tomas Satoransky
-Nevada graduate Olek Czyz was solid throughout the entire EUROCAMP thanks to his athleticism, toughness, and hustle. His biggest weakness at this stage is his perimeter jump shot, as he shot a very respectable 45% from beyond the arc in limited attempts as a junior, but shot under 30% as a senior and did not make many deep jumpers here. The development of Czyz's jumper would certainly help open up the rest of his game. He's an intelligent player with strong pivot moves who can put the ball on the floor and beat slower defenders off the dribble. Based on his showing here, there's little question he would have been a fine addition to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament roster back in April.
Offensively, Shengelia uses terrific pivot moves and straight line drives to create for himself off the dribble. He has terrific footwork in the post and is a savvy passer as well, possessing a nice feel for the game. His outside shot is a work in progress, but he shot the ball well in Treviso. One of the true professionals in this group, Shengelia's most promising moments came defensively, where he played better than he did earlier this season in Charleroi. That's a significant step towards defining his position at the NBA level and moving away from being labeled as a tweener. The Georgia native may need to improve his rebounding ability and continue making strides as a shooter and on defense to reach his full potential, but was on the the standouts of this year's EUROCAMP.
We were able to catch up with Shengelia, who intends to stay in the 2012 NBA Draft, on day two.
Offensively, he did a nice job distributing the ball and running the pick and roll, also chipping in with a pull-up jumper from time to time. A very versatile player, Lypovyy will be tracked closely this coming season, and will be automatically eligible for the 2013 NBA Draft.
-Daniel Diez was named the top small forward at this year's camp. The Spanish wing has good size at 6'8 with shoes on, an improving frame, and solid athleticism. He is able to score in a number of ways offensively, as he can shoot the three, runs the floor with purpose, and has a very high basketball IQ. He seems like an excellent prospect for the highest levels of Europe at the least, especially as he's matured from an undersized four to a true small forward. He saw a few minutes for Real Madrid's senior team last season, but spent most of his time with their second team in the EBA. If he continues to improve his shooting mechanics and ball-handling ability, he could emerge as a NBA prospect. Considering he's a 1993-born prospect, he'll have plenty of time to do so.
Though many players performed up to, or above, expectations a number of talented young prospects failed to make an impression. Some of that has to do with the stage they are at in their development, but it is also a result of the more experienced, athletic than average group they were competing against.
-Devon Van Oostrum, Long considered a top talent in the 1993 age group, struggled to find a rhythm in Treviso, looking out of control handling the ball and struggling with his outside shot. Van Oostrum is a tremendously athletic point guard with very good size for his position, but was unable to use that to his advantage here.
-Tomas Satoransky was another disappointment, but we covered his situation yesterday.