Latvia finished 11th at the 2016 U 16 Euro’s
5’10” – PG – 2000 – Class of 2019
Stats : 16 ppg. 3 rpg. 4.6 apg. 1.3 spg. 39% 3pt. 80% ft.
Notes : Small stature. Very thin. Needs to add weight and strength, but has good length. Solid quickness. Very good ball handler with skill moves. Likes using behind the back dribble. Shooting form needs work. Shot starts low and release is in front of face. Very good 3 point shooter. Has deep range and solid in the catch and shoot or off screens. Has a quick first step. Uses hesitation well to get by defenders also. See’s the court very well. Can find the open man with ease but occasionally tries to make the spectacular pass when not needed. Very good passer in the pick and roll. Likes passing one handed with the left or right. Gets into the lane often but needs to work on his floater and he will be very effective. Quick hands on defense. Needs to stay disciplined and not gamble so much. Good rebounder for size. Not afraid to mix it up with a lot bigger players. Needs to improve strength and keep working on his defense.
Projection : Mid Division 1
6’2” – G – 2000 – Class of 2019
Latvia – Laboral Kutxa (club team)
Stats : 10.4 ppg. 6.6 rpg. 4.1 apg. 1.4 spg. 35% 3pt. 69% ft.
Notes : Solid frame. Physical strong player. Doesn’t shy from contact. Solid athlete. Has quickness and explosiveness. Good leaper. Very good ball handler. Handles the press calmly. Quick first step. Effective shooter in catch and shoot. Has 3 point range. Relentless in getting in the lane. Attacks hard and uses crossover to get by defenders. Can finish with contact with either hand in lane. Also can create space for mid range jumpers. Good vision and has skills to play both guard positions. Runs the break very well and under control. Finds man at correct time to score. Very good on ball defender. Physical not afraid to press up on offensive player without fouling. Physical rebounder. Boxes out and plays bigger than his size. High motor player on both sides of the ball. Has skills to play either guard spot.
Projection : Mid Division 1
6’6” – C – 2000 – Class of 2019
Latvia – Real Madrid (club team)
Stats : 9.5 ppg. 6.7 rpg. 29% 3pt. 83% ft.
Notes : Long good length. Needs to add weight and strength. Decent bounce. Has 3 point range but needs to improve arc. Very raw on offense. Lacks any post moves. Scores off put backs or short range. Lacks touch around the rim. Has a decent mid range stroke. Needs to be more aggressive at attacking with the ball in the post. Average defender. Good mobility but needs to anticipate better. Be more physical and use his length more in post defense. Good rebounder. Uses his length well. Very active on both ends of the glass. Potential is there but still very raw on both sides of the ball.
Projection : Low to Mid Division 1
6’5” – C – 2000 – Class of 2019
Latvia – Pardaguava (club team)
Stats : 6.1 ppg. 6.6 rpg. 68% ft.
Notes : Big solid frame and body. Strong and very physical at all times. Average athlete and decent mobility. Solid shooting stroke with a soft touch. Has potential to develop a good mid range jumper. Could develop into pick and pop player. Lacks post moves. Just uses his strength to back defenders down. Still raw on offense. Needs to use free throw shooting as more of an asset. Very active and physical on defense. Still struggles on switches in pick and roll but mobility is there. Very good post defender will not block shots but stands ground well. Needs to learn to force players to catch ball further out from post. Will not give up easy buckets. Very active rebounder. Relentless on offensive glass. Scores a lot on offensive rebounds. Tough to move when he gets position. Gritty high effort player with more potential on offense.
Projection : Low Division 1