1.)Unfortunately, Nothing from Rudy Gobert
There are a number of international prospects in the mix to be the first player selected in the 2013 NBA draft who didn’t go to an American college: Rudy Gobert, Dennis Schroeder, Giannis Adetokunbo and, to a lesser extent, Sergey Karasev.
We had already resigned ourselves to the fact that Schroeder, Adetokunbo and Karasev were not participating in the Eurocamp (although scouts still got to see Adetokunbo in a different competition), but Gobert was a different story. This was going to be the chance to see the man with the ridiculous wingspan in action once more.
However, it just wasn’t meant to be.
The following comes from Gobert’s twitter feed, and explains exactly why. Well, if you can speak French.
“Damn pas de trevise pour moi…viens de sortir de lhopital, intoxication alimentaire…”
— rudy gobert (@rudygobert15) June 8, 2013
A literal translation of Gobert’s tweet reads “Damn no treviso for me…just got out of the hospital…food poisoning…”
Unfortunately, that means that we weren’t able to learn anything new about Gobert this week, other than the fact that he’s susceptible to food-born illness.
Teams drafting this French big man, look out! Take great care which restaurants you let him visit!
2.)Lucas Nogueira Helped His Draft Stock Tremendously
Lucas Nogueira spent only one of the two days showing off for scouts, but that’s all he needed to make his mark.
The Brazilian big man is commonly projected to go near the end of the first round, and some mocks have him slipping into the second. If the Eurocamp is any indication, he won’t be showing up in the second round much longer.
Nogueira measured extremely well, checking in at 7’0″ with shoes on and revealing an insane 90-inch wingspan. And even that wasn’t what looked best during the day he spent in Treviso.
He played under Kelvin Sampson in the third game of the day, helping steer his squad to a 69-61 victory. Although Nogueira confirmed that he wasn’t a particularly great rebounder by failing to box out in many situations, he still shot extremely well.
On the day, the center finished with a game-high 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting and added four blocks to his stat line.
Consider his stock on the rise.
3.)The Same Can’t Be Said for Aquille Carr
This doesn’t apply to the 2013 NBA draft, as Aquille Carr isn’t eligible for the selection process until he’s spent a full year out of high school, but the diminutive point guard is a player worth keeping your eyes on.
Carr chose to go to Europe instead of college, selecting the route that helped boost Brandon Jennings’ stock a few years back. Although he had the top vertical jump at the Eurocamp, Carr virtually no-showed during the actual five-on-five competition.
He played 15 minutes during the first game of Day 1 and managed to contribute three points and three assists. He shot only 1-of-3 from the field and hit on just one of his four attempts at the charity stripe.
Carr failed to stand out, and that’s not a promising start to his interesting career path. There’s still plenty of time for him to get it going, but that time has not yet arrived.
The process of finding a spot in the Euroleague will now be even more difficult for this young point guard.
4.)The International Class Isn’t Particularly Athletic
All things considered, this international crop of prospects—the ones attending the Eurocamp at least—is not a particularly athletic one.
Carr checked in with the top vertical jump, skying his 144-pound frame 33 inches into the air. Only five other prospects even topped 30 inches: Tobias Borg (32), Nemanja Dangubic (31.5), Andrew Lawrence (31), Nemanja Nedovic (30) and Howard Sant-Roos (31).
Nedovic was one of the few who thrived in the athletic portion of this event, but we’ll get to him on the next slide.
Take a look at how the top prospects in the three-quarter court sprint, lane-agility drill and vertical jump would have fared at the NBA Pre-Draft Combine.
Nedovic had the top three-quarter court sprint, checking in at 3.15 seconds. At the Combine, six players beat or tied that mark, led by Shane Larkin’s 3.08 seconds. Cody Zeller actually tied Nedovic.
Adiin Vrabic’s 10.64 seconds beat everyone in the lane-agility drill, and he would have finished behind six players at the Combine. C.J. Leslie had the top mark: 10.19 seconds.
Finally, Carr, one of five prospects to top 30 inches, had the high jump at 33 inches. 11 players, led by Cody Zeller, broke past Carr’s mark at the Combine.
All in all, the athleticism was relatively unimpressive in Treviso.