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55 - Isaiah Hartenstein

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NBA Comparison: Dirk Nowitzki

Strenghts: He has the perfect size for a modern NBA SF at 6’10’’ with a nice wingspan. Strong body with a great frame and still room for improvments ... He is very explosive in his moves to the basket, not averse to contact, he goes way above the rim to finish with powerful dunks ... Has a nice control of his body, which helps him a lot in transition to avoid charges utilizing Eurostep or spin moves ... A beast under the glass, he can push it in transition himself ... Perhaps the most encouraging thing is that he is rapidly becoming a much better shooter, with a soft and nice lefty touch, he can hit 3 pointers or step back on pull up jumpers ... He really has all that it takes to become a great player, a very rare talent who is talented and has great feeling for the game, and could have a immediate impact in the NBA in just 2 years ...

Weaknesses: for as good as he is he wasn’t able to lead a good German team to the victory in last EuroU16 ... It’s not a big deal but so far he looks a little more to shine for himself than helping his team winning ... We are obviously talking about an elite young player, but he lacks consistency within games, where it is common place for him to do a couple of amazing plays and then disappear for a while ... If he can develop the killer mentality, he should be dominant ... His decision making is questionable, he doesn;t always make the best decision, but often gets away with it because he is way more athletic and stronger than everybody else, but these types of plays will not work in the future ... His shot is good but needs more consistency (though he is getting a lot better as previously mentioned, and his mechanics are pretty good already). Defensively he is lazy, wants to block shots or get rebounds more than get his butt low and play tough defense ...

Overall: If you are looking for the next big thing coming out of Europe over the next years, a player who could have a huge impact in the NBA, look no further than Isiah Hartenstein of Germany who has become in a few short years the best prospect since Dirk ... We first saw him at Eurocamp in 2014 where he was part of the Next Genreation, after that he had a great European championship u16, but this year who took a huge leap forward in his game becoming stronger and more explosive, showing the he can have a legit future as a SF in the league a la Gallinari, not the same shooter but a much better athlete ... There are things to improve like any 17 years old, but the upside is huge and with a great base already, if he was in the US he would be a top 5 recruits out of High School, and with a good summer at Fiba U18 in a couple of weeks he could start to book a ticket for the 2017 draft ...

Notes: Son of former University of Oregon basketball player, Flo Hartenstein ...

Rick Pietro 7/15/15

April 8, 2015

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