By James Blackburn and Lance Everette
The Jordan Brand gives 16 young players from all over the world a chance to showcase their talents in front of coaches, scouts, and media on a big stage. These players were hand selected and are the international stars of tomorrow.
The players below stood out amongst the rest. Here are scouting reports on each.
White Team wins in OT
Blue Team (Away)
Kevin Zabo (Canada, PG, 6’2”, Montrose Christian)
4-17 FG, 3 reb, 2 assist, 4 stl, 3 TO, 12 TP
Displayed excellent on-ball defense throughout the game-pressured his man from baseline to baseline and was in the opponent’s shirt. At his best in transition- quick with the ball in the open court. Displayed a nice step-back jumper in the games opening minutes. Solid ball handler with either hand- can break man down off dribble to get to the rim and create his own shot. Needs to improve his court vision- more of a scorer and combo guard then true PG at least that is what he displayed in this game. Gets out of control and is somewhat TO prone. Definitely a guard to keep your eye on especially since he plays HS ball in the states.
Domantas Sabonis (Lithuania, PF, 6’7”, Malaga Spain)
2-7 FG, 8 reb, 4 assist, 7 TP
Good passer for size- highly skilled big man. Sets solid picks- where he can role or pop and hit the open jumper out to 15’. Has a good overall understanding of the game- spaces the court. Excellent rebounder especially on the defensive end. Solid back to the basket game-loves the up and under move. Lefty. Talked on defense- did a good job defending the P/R- communicated on how to defend it. Draws fouls at a good rate and generally converts at the FT line. Needs to get stronger to prepare for the rigors and physicality of the college game and must continue to improve jump shot and range.
Boubacar Moungoro (Mali, SF, 6’6”, West Oaks Academy)
7-21 FG, 9 reb, 8 TO, 16 TP
Very athletic. Active on the boards on both ends- boxes out.. Runs the floor and finishes on the break. Out of all the players represented- he is above and beyond the most physically ready of the bunch for college- has a great frame- long and strong at 200lbs. Highlight reel player- had several big blocks and dunks. Must improve shooting, range, and consistency- more of a slasher at this point. Settled several times for perimeter contested shots. Decent ball handling abilities- although it is a little loose. Good overall defender who can defend on the perimeter and on the block- drew a charge in the second quarter as well as blocked and altered shots. You will be hearing his name again in the near future. This years version of Andrew Wiggins.
White Team (Home)
Dimitrios Stamatis (Greece, SG, 6’0”, Everial)
5-12 FG, 4 reb, 3 assists, 12 TP
Good court vision. Good ball handler under pressure. Sees the floor- had several highlight passes including a behind the back pass to an open shooter on the break. Has a tight dribble. Unselfish and gets others involved. Attacks the rim strong going left. Has a quick crossover going either way. Pressures the ball- good on ball defender. Attacks the rim with a purpose- high basketball IQ. Didn’t look for his shot as much as he should have- needs to be more assertive offensively.