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11 - Goga Bitadze

Rep. of Georgia 

  • Birthday: 7/20/99
  • NBA Position: Center
  • Class: International
  • Ht: 6-11
  • Wt: 250
  • Team: Mega Leks
  • Hometown: Sagarejo, Georgia
  • Statistics
  • Junior Statistics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

Overall

89

2018
Mock:  37

NBA Comparison: Jusuf Nurkic

Strengths: Good size for his position... Solid wingspan, measured at 7'2''... Has good balance and mobility for his size ... Very strong kid ... He is not a great athlete, but he is sneaky athletic ... When he has time to gather he can finish strong at the rim ... He is a high energy player, who loves banging in the post ... He is a competitor, who playes with passion and is not afraid of contact ... Has improved his body considerably through the years and has lost the baby fat he was carrying ... He runs the floor well for a big ... He likes to spend time in the post ... He has nice footwork in the post and has shown the ability to turn over both shoulders ... Has a nice right jump hook as a go-to move ... Has improved his midrange shot and he is actually a threat from 15-20 feet ... Sets good screens on and off the ball ... His good footwork makes him effective in pick n' roll situations ... Has shown the ability to roll hard to the basket after he sets a screen in pick n' roll situations ... He has good hands and can score on the move ... Has been used a lot in pick n' pop situations with good results ... Has tried to faceup with mixed results for now ... Has Stretch big potential ... He is a solid free throw shooter ... Very good rebounder, with this being probably his most translatable skill at the next level for now ... Rarely forgets to box out on defense and has a good feel for positioning ... He is relentless on the offensive glass and puts a lot of pressure on his opponents ... Willing passer ... A good shot blocker with good timing ... Has active hands on defense ... Not afraid to band bodies when defending in the post ...

Weaknesses: He lacks explosiveness ... He is not a huge leaper ... His second jump isn't always as strong as the first ... His body has improved, but he must continue bulking up ... Lower body needs work ... Very emotional player, which isn't always good, since at time he loses focus for a few plays ... He is a little clumsy at times on both ends of the floor ... He might not be afraid of contact, but bigger and more experienced opponents can make life difficult for him on defense ... He doesn't always finish strong at the rim, which leads to bad misses around the basket ... Has problems finishing through contact and in traffic ... He is not a consistent shooter for now ... His free throw shooting could improve ... He must be able to mix it up when he plays with his back to the basket, maybe add some up and under moves ... He doesn't know how to read double-teams for now ... His passing needs work ... Turnover prone, mainly due to inexperience ... His pick n' roll defense needs work ... He is a willing defender on pick n' roll situations and has a good low stance, but his average lateral quickness limits him ... He “bites” on fakes and commits bad fouls ... He really needs to learn the law of verticality and not just go for the block all the time ... Can be foul prone due to his clumsiness and emotional playing ... At times he loses focus when he defends away of the ball...

Overall: Goga Bitadze has improved through the years ... He started as a low post player, but has shown the ability to become a stretch big in the future ... If he manages to become a consistent threat from the perimeter and continue working on his body, he will be a really interesting prospect ...

Notes: He was a member of the Georgia natonal team and he was actually the youngest player of 2017 Eurobasket ... He participated with Mega Bemax in the ANGT in 2017, earning All-tournament honors ...

Stefanos Makris 11/28/17

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