Sleeper Report: Pablo Bertone (Florida Atlantic)

Pablo Berton Florida Atlantic basketball

By James Blackburn

Game Scouted: UNCC vs Florida Atlantic
Charlotte wins 62-53
Box Score

Pablo Bertone (G, 6’2”, SR)

38 min, 9-18 FG, 2-6 3 pt FG, 0-4 FT, 7 reb, 4 steals, 20 TP

Gets to his spots well where he is efficient. Plays an “old man style” game. Able to use either hand to score and finish. Has a low release on his shot- but release is smooth and is in 1 motion. Reliable shooter from distance with feet set. Can shoot the pull-up going either direction including the fall away midrange. Showed the ability to post up smaller defenders. Has a good slide dribble and can shoot the fall away from over either shoulder and off of 1 foot if needed.

Fundamentals are second to none. Can pass, dribble, and shoot. Passing and playmaking ability are underrated. Doesn’t complicate the game. He plays the game with a purpose- stays solid. Uses various angles and scores in unconventional ways.

No wasted motion on either end of the floor. Moves well without the ball. Has a very high basketball IQ. Even though he lacks elite quickness and athleticism he plays solid defense by outsmarting his opponent. Does a good job of jumping to the ball and rotating defensively. Also defends without using his hands and without fouling. Plays terrific help defense and came up with multiple steals by being in the right position.

Active for size on the boards- has nose for the ball. Had 5 rebounds at the half. Plays the game with poise and doesn’t get rattled. Plays a high amount of minutes and it doesn’t effect his energy.

Is a legit 6’2” but is still undersized for the off-guard. Settled for some tough fall away shots at the wrong time. Lacks quickness and athleticism needed to get by his man on the offensive end and to stay in front of quicker guards on defense. Came out of defensive stance several multiple times and got beat off the dribble by players with average quickness. Struggles to get off high percentage shots in on one on one situations. Not the best in P/R with the ball. Better at coming off screens without the ball. He can hit the 3, but is better from midrange. Is shooting 32% from 3 this season. I could see him struggling to hit from the NBA 3-pt line. Not a good FT shooter, which is surprising.

Originally from Argentina. Currently leads team in minutes, points (18.1), and steals (1.3) per game. Is a do it all player for the Owls this season. Is a pro in more ways than one. Helps his team in multiple ways. Pablo will have several options when he graduates to play pro ball. He will more than likely be offered money to come back to Argentina to play or he could pursue the European route. Has a chance to be selected to attend the PIT this year with the numbers he is currently putting up. More than likely he will end up going back to Argentina to play.

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