• Derek Murray

CFBB Paris U18 - 7/18

CFBB Paris U18

NextGen Adidas Tournament

Essome Miyem Nwal

208cm - C - 2001

France, U18 CFBB Paris

23 MPG, 11.7 PPG, 4 RPG, 1.3 AST, 44% FG, 75% FT

Long, lanky center that is extremely raw on the offensive end.

He has the height and reach to be effective on the glass as well as shooting, but his athleticism and strength isn’t there yet. His verticality lacks at the rim, and he’ll need to put on some muscle if he wishes to compete in the paint regularly. His lack of physicality results in poor screens and fouls in PnR situations. Miyem shoot free throws well, and has a soft jumper - in this tournament he shot 80% from the elbows. His length allows him to shoot over defenders outside, but he needs to work on driving and putting the ball on the floor. Miyem’s top priorities should be the weight room, and finding offensive consistency.

Lorenzo Thirouard

197cm - G - 2001

France, U18 CFBB Paris

14.5 MPG, 6.7 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.0 AST, 37% FG, 29% 3P, 80% FT

Nice stroke from 3, both catch-and-shoot as well as in transition. In this tournament he shot 29% which needs to improve and develop more consistently. Thirouard likes to drive the lane, but is incredibly out of control when doing so. He often finds himself in trouble and off balance, resulting in poor shot selections and turnovers. He needs to improve his footwork and quickness in order to stay in front of his man. While he isn’t the most gifted athlete, he keeps his head on a swivel on defense, allowing him to create steals and clog passing lanes. He is a good FT shooter as well, hitting 80%.

Mathis Dossou Yovo

202cm - PF - 2000

France, U18 CFBB Paris

20 MPG, 9.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1 STL, 35% FG, 79% FT

Dossou Yovo is a physical PF who can use his body to get to the rim. He appears stronger than many of the young players who defend him in the post; he doesn’t always use it to his advantage however, often falling away on short range attempts. He is active on the glass, showing energy and willingness to track down loose balls and fight for rebounds. In one contest he committed 4 turnovers which highlighted his lack of elite skills and ball handling, but his 78% rate from the FT line was nice. He gets to the line often, and has a smooth, soft shot from there. Dossou Yovo has potential at the next level, especially with some proper strength and conditioning. He is definitely a player to keep an eye on for the future.

Yohan Choupas

193cm - G/F - 2000

France, U18 CFBB Paris

24 MPG, 4.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 3.7 AST, 1.7 STL 33.3% FG, 14.3% 3P

Choupas’ best skill is his passing. He has an above average ability to distribute the ball in PnR and in transition, collecting 7 AST vs. Lietuvos Rytas. He has quickness in the half court as well as in transition. Sometimes he can appear out of control, resulting in poor shot selection and careless turnovers - he averaged 3 TOV during this tournament, a number that must come down. On defense, he anticipates passes well and puts himself in a spot to create turnovers. He’s aggressive after steals always looking to run, which often results in points.

Choupas is a player that should be monitored over the next few years. His speed and ability to create/find passing lanes for his teammates could make him a valuable asset in the future.

Timothe Crusol

185cm - G - 2001

France, U18 CFBB Paris

24 MPG, 4 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 3.7 AST, 17% FG, 17% 3P

Crusol is a streaky shooter. He seems to either his 50% of his shots or 0%, not much in between especially from deep range. He commits way too many turnovers, most appear due to lack of ball handling and length, defenders can easily block his passing lanes. He does distribute well in the paint off of drives, seems to find bigs well which leads to layups and FTs.

In order to become a legitimate prospect, Crusol will need to clean up his game.

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