U17M Best prospects by position: Power Forwards
Power forward position had a lot of players with different skill sets in this year’s FIBA U17 World Championship in Zaragoza, included, among other, good athletes, combo forwards, undersized but high energy players, good rebounders and players with nice touch around the basket. Scoutbasketball singled out the Top-5 Power forwards of the Tournament.
1.- Simi Shittu - PF 2.10 99' Canada (Montverde Academy)He is a good but not elite athlete. He is really fast and runs the floor exceptionally well for a power forward, but at the same time he needs room to gather before he jumps and his vertical is average. He has a well-built body, but he still has room for improvement. He is mostly a Face to the Basket PF, but he can’t really score consistently from the perimeter right now. His quick first step allows him to attack closeouts and take advantage of his quickness, but he only drives on straight lines. He can start the break thanks to his ball handling, but his decisions aren’t always right. He doesn’t always go hard to the basket and has the tendency to avoid contact, preferring to finish with lay-ups rather than dunks, leading to a lot of misses. He isn’t capable to finish around the rim equally well with his left hand. His back to the basket game needs to improve and the same applies for his footwork in the post. Turnover prone. He is always active on the boards and is already a great offensive rebounder. On Defense his lateral quickness is very good and can defend the Pick and Roll at a good level. He has active hands and makes a lot of steals. He is a below average shot blocker though and for the moment can’t be considered a rim protector.
2.- Sergi Martinez - PF/SF 2.03 99' Spain (FC Barcelona) Undersized high energy power forward with great motor and personality. He is a leader and always gives 100%. He is an average athlete by NBA standards. He makes big plays. What really stands out on him is his rebounding ability. He has a great feel for positioning and knows how to use his body and quickness on both ends of the floor to gather rebounds. He is very quick for a Power forward and knows how to use his quickness and ability to change direction fast on his advantage versus bigger players. At the same time, he must improve his shooting – and especially his 3 point shooting – because he will have problems at the next level if he doesn’t. Another big concern is how his game will translate at the next level, since he is not big enough to play as a PF and not fast enough to play as small forward. His back to the basket game is great and has good footwork. He has excellent court vision, but his decision making isn’t completely there yet. He knows how to use his body and is a very good post defender, but has problems against length. He can guard the Pick and Roll at a very good level thanks to his lateral movement and motor.
3.- Samson Froling - PF 2.09 00' Australia (BA Centre of Excellence) He is left handed. He has very good size and length for a Power forward. An average athlete, but his long arms make up for it. He has to bulk up his body. He moves smoothly on the court. Can run the floor well for a big. His Shooting mechanics are good and suggest that through work he can become a good shooter from mid-range. He already possesses good footwork on the post, having the ability to turn on both shoulders and finish with either hand. He has a good hesitation dribble that uses when he is on the High post and then drives to the left. He rarely drives from the right and he is more of a straight line driver for now and also seems to avoid contact if he can. He is a very good rebounder with good instincts. Has problems defending the Pick and Roll because lateral movement isn’t there yet. He is a very good help defender, with the ability to come from the weak side and provide blocks. He has problems against physical players on Post Defense, since his thin frame doesn’t help him there, but he can still causes problems with his length.
4.- Ivan Fevrier - PF 2.02 99' France (INSEP Paris) Passionate power forward trapped in a small forward’s body. He likes to play hard and doesn’t shy away from contact on both ends of the floor. He is an average athlete and his wingspan is just OK. Runs the floor well. He is a little clumsy at times on Offense, mainly because he puts his head down and drives almost always on straight lines, but he seems to find ways to be productive and score, mainly because he has a nice touch around the basket. His mechanics aren’t consistent yet, but he has shown the ability to score from the perimeter on Spot Up and Catch and Shoot situations and has “Stretch-4” potential. He attacks close outs. He has problems finishing through contact because of his frame and limited Jumping ability. He is a high energy rebounder and fights for every rebound on both ends of the floor. His ball handling is very good for a big. He moves well without the ball. His Post Game is limited. He has problems against length. On Defense he fights to establish position in the Post, but has problems against big skilled players because he is undersized for a PF. He can defend Pick and Roll at an acceptable level, but he needs to improve his lateral quickness.
5.- Karim Coulibaly - PF/SF 2.02 2000 Mali (St. Vincent Pallotti HS) Left handed combo forward with nice touch around the basket. He is good but not great athlete. He is a team player, but at some point must learn when to step up because he is too nice. Good on one on one situations thanks to his quick first step and above average ball handling. Can drive to the basket and even do the Euro Step. He doesn’t force shots. He can shoot off the dribble and has good shooting mechanics. Able to score in Catch and Shoot situations. Streaky shooter. Consistency is also an issue. Can score in bunches, but at times he is too passive. Possesses a good low post game with nice footwork. He knows how to create contact and earn fouls, but must improve his FT%. He is an active rebounder who tries to help his team but at times he forgets to box out. Has a nice low stance on defense but he lacks the necessary lateral quickness to guard a player in the perimeter. His thin frame causes him problems when a bigger player posts him up.
By Stefanos Makris and Ramon Carbonell