NBA Comparison: Victor Claver/Jonas Jerebko
Strenghts: This past summer he worked a lot on his upper body, becoming stronger and developing a solid frame … His improvement has been effective since it has been accomplished without losing any mobility and explosiveness … As a 6-9 PF, he has good size for the role, combined with excellent mobility and quickness … His game perfectly suits the evolution of modern basketball, with the need for big men able to switch in the P&R and hit shots from distance … Hernangomez is excellent in P&R, perfectly exploiting his ability to screen and slide with timing and quickness … He has shown intriguing range from 15-20 feet, opening the court in pick and pop situations and creating space in the middle of the area … He has shown the ability to attack the basket when served in movement after the cut, often drawing contacts and + 1 situations … What impresses the most about him is his stamina, he’s constantly moving, hustling for a rebound or a loose ball, finding ways to impact his team, even when not directly involved in the offense … He shots 75% from free throw line, solid and an improvable percentage.
Weaknesses: He still has to work on his offensive skills, as he lacks a solid traditional post game … He still struggles in taking position back to the basket and using his pivot foot … Lacks a solid hook shot and he needs to work on his ability to create space using his body in the painted area … He has to work on his shot mechanics and to develop his range behind the three point line, his next step to become a modern stretch forward … His energy is impressive, but sometimes he lacks focus and discipline, especially on the defensive side, where he has to improve the positioning … He often plays for the steal and he puts a lot of energy and effort, but this sometimes puts him out of position or in mismatch situations.
Notes: The younger brother of Willy – "Juancho", currently playing with Real Madrid … He was part of U18 and U20 Spanish national teams … This summer he was included in the top 5 of U20 European championship in Lignano … He’s putting up 10 points and 7 rebounds on average in ACB thus far, with a season high of 20 points and 10 rebounds against Badalona.
Davide Bortoluzzi 12/23/15