Tomer Levinson, 6-8, PF, Israel, 2000
-Mature frame. Around 6' 8 in shoes.
-Fluid for his size. Excellent footwork on both ends.
-Very impressive skill set offensively. Was playing out of position as a center (plays both the four and even some three according to his Israeli League coaches) but was still able to show what he can do as a scorer 20.2 points per 40 minutes.
-Soft touch and strong mechanics out to three can pick and pop or even make an occasional pull up. Can attack a closeout after popping to space.
-Very effective in mid-post isolation situations. Has an inside pivot face up jumper, a rip through, a rip through spin move and a couple of other counters off of that. Super advanced for his age.
-Can play with his back to the basket a little bit when necessary. Has a running right handed hook, a jump hook, a quick spin, and a back shoulder fadeaway in his arsenal.
-Soft hands and nice touch around the rim. Doesn't shy away from contact 7.4 free throw attempts per 40 minutes.
-Doesn't play outside of himself. Adapted to his role as a center and didn't try to play like a wing. High IQ player who can pass out of the post and from the perimeter. Impressive court vision.
-Competitive on the glass 15.4 rebounds per 40. Good instincts and a high motor. Uses his strength to carve out space. Pursues his own misses.
-Good fit in modern basketball given all that he can do skill wise at the four spot
-Has some limitations defensively but understands positioning
-Average tools for a power forward prospect. Frame is a bit limited. Doesn't have great length. Fluid but not super explosive in traffic. Will he grow any taller?
-Struggled with length against Russia. Lack of elite size and leaping ability hurt his finishing potential versus longer, more athletic bigs moving forward. Will have to rely on skill, which he has a ton of. 45.2% from two.
-Smart and tough but doesn't give you a whole lot on the defensive end. Was slow getting out to shooters regularly, is a bit on his heels when he is defending on the perimeter and doesn't quite have the size or length to hold his own against legitimate post scorers.
-While he put up tremendous rebounding numbers at the U16s, his so-so tools limit his upside on the glass a little bit. Not all that bouncy from a standstill. Lacks length.
-Shows great potential as a 3-point shooter but can continue to become more consistent as he'll likely have to be very reliable in order to play at the highest level 3-for-12 from three.
-Can improve his handle versus longer athletes. Able to put it down in a straight line but he's not a guy who's going to change speeds and direction all that often.
-Would benefit from improving his ability to pull up off the bounce from mid-post spots as it adds another element that defenders have to respect (has the footwork and stroke to do it more consistently).
-His upside may be a bit limited by his average tools and athleticism. Can he develop into more than an eventually high level European player?
Levinson, who was the youngest player ever to play in the Israeli League (age 15 with Ironi Nes-Ziona), is an extremely talented and polished prospect. His skill level, IQ and maturity at 6' 8 are tremendous for his age and make him a must-follow prospect who could have an impact at the European pro level sooner rather than later. Regardless of where he ends up, the highly skilled Levinson has worked his way onto the eventual NBA Draft radar even if his long-term upside may be a bit hampered by his average physical tools.