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30 - Issuf Sanon

Ukraine 

  • Birthday: 10/30/99
  • NBA Position: PG/SG
  • Class: International
  • Ht: 6-4
  • Wt: 190
  • Team: Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
  • Hometown: Donetsk, Ukraine
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Overall

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2018
Mock:  44

NBA Comparison: Malcolm Delaney

Strengths: Explossive combo guard who can change the rhythm of the game ... Has solid size for a point guard ... Possesses a nice frame ... Very good athlete ... Has natural explosiveness and he is really light on his feet.... Great leaper of one foot ... High motor kid, plays with energy and always gives 100%... He looks fearless and doesn't back down on any challenge ... Plays with his foot on the gas all the time ... Doesn't have a problem with taking what defense gives him ... Has an explossive first step that helps him blow by his opponent ... Can change pace and direction with ease ... Good ball handler, with a good looking crossover dribble and a nice change-of-pace dribble that stumbles opponents ... Can play above the rim ... Great on the open floor, excels in transition ... Has the rare ability to be one man fast break ... Not scared of the shot blocker, he will go all the way to the basket and even dunk if he finds the room, especially after he drives ... He can do the Eurostep in either direction and with either foot ... Has some nice looking floaters and long lay-ups to his game ... Good shooting form with nice release ... Has improved in Spot Up situations ... He is a threat in pull-up situations ... Good passing instincts ... Can make nice kick out passes on the move on the strong side ... Good Pick and Roll skills as the ball handler, can either shoot, drive or pass the ball to the rolling big ... Moves well without the ball and knows how to take advantage of screens ... Adequate rebounder for his position ... Great lateral quickness ... Can smother his opponent while defending the ball ... Makes a lot of steals thanks to his athleticism ... Fills the passing lanes nicely on defense and disturbs opponents ... He will make an occasional chase down block thanks to his leaping ability ...

Weaknesses:
Not overly long (wingspan measured at 6-5 feet) ... Needs to bulk up considerably otherwise he will get pushed around at the next level ... More of a shooting guard for now, he is still learning how to play as a point guard ... Not long or big enough to guard shooting guards ... Playing with his foot on the gas all the time leads him to some wild and wrong decisions ... Sometimes emotions get the better of him and loses his concentration for a few plays in the game ... Has problems against high pressure because his ball handling with his left hand needs work ... Turnover prone, he tries to do too much too fast at times ... Tries passes from difficult angles which leads to more turnovers ... Must improve his ability to read the game and decision making ... Has the tendency to over-dribble and can become a ball-stopper, icing out teammates ... Shooting selection is kind of erratic at times ... Pull-up game is still a work in progress ... Incosistent shooter from the perimeter ... Still needs to work in Catch and Shoot situations ... He may have some floaters and long lay-ups in his game, but those shoots still need some polishing ... He prefers going to his right and can be predictable ... Has some problems finishing against contact and length, especially while driving to his left ... Finishing at the basket with his left hand needs work ... Mediorce free throw shooter ... Takes risks on defense both on the ball and away of the ball looking for the steal, which adds pressure to his team ... Stands too far from his opponent while defending on the weak side, which can lead to open shoots ... Must defend better on close outs...

Overall: Issuf Sanon is a high energy combo guard with a nice skillset ... He can score in bunches and create for both himself and his teammates, while at the same time can be a very good defender on the ball ... He is still a work in progress on both ends of the floor, turnover prone, incosistent shooter and still learning the point-guard position ... Νevertheless, he is a guy to keep an eye on, since he has all the necessary tools to become a good NBA player in the future.

Notes: His father is from Burkina Faso and his mother from Ukraine ... He started playing basketball at 7 years old ... He was off the scouting radar until he suddenly exploded in 2017 European U18 Championship, taking the tournament by storm ...

Stefanos Makris 6/19/18

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