13 - Matas Buzelis

6-11, 190 Small Forward
G-League HS Senior
Birthday
10/13/04 (18.1 yrs)
Hometown
Chicago, IL
High School
Sunrise Christian Academy
Team Site Profile
Athleticism
8
Size
9
Defense
8
Strength
7
Quickness
8
Leadership
8
Jump Shot
7
NBA Ready
7
Ball Handling
8
Potential
9
Passing
8
Intangibles
8
95 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Mike Dunleavy Jr/Rashard Lewis

Strengths: 6’10.25 point forward … Although his length isn’t great relative to height, he has good size considering position with a 6’10 wingspan and 8’9.75 standing reach … Natural feel for the game and versatile skill set. Very skilled, crafty, and smooth with the ball for his size. Demonstrates ball skills in the half-court and leads well in transition. Sees the floor well, makes impressive one-handed passes with either hand off the dribble. Distributes well in pass and kick situations, especially when driving baseline. Good ball-handler, can break down the defense and get to the rim off the dribble, isn’t completely reliant on triple threat. Good change of speed with the ball. Can start the offense after grabbing a rebound … Can play on or off the ball, knows when to space the floor and when to cut/rotate … Impressive and fluid athlete. Jumps well off one or both feet. Has eye-opening dunks when getting to the rim and gets impressive pop after euro-steps. Isn’t afraid to attempt dunks in the crowded paint. Good body control when contorting himself in the air for finishes. Covers a lot of ground and uses euro-steps to react to the defense on drives. Drives well going to his left or right and good use of counters when needed. Good touch on floater and accurate with either hand at the rim … Patient offensively, doesn’t blindly attack the rim or force his impact. Reads and reacts well … Averaged 14.2 points per game on 52.1% FG% over the Nike EYBL in 2022 … Good aggression. Despite lack of strength, he doesn’t shy away from contact and plays well against tight pressure … Good form on jump shot with comfortable 3PT shooting range. Capable shooting off the dribble. Shot a solid 77.6% FT% over the Nike EYBL in 2022 … Good size and anticipation on the defensive end. Moves well laterally … Possesses desirable size and skills for a modern-day perimeter player …

Weaknesses: Has much room to improve upper and lower body strength. Loses the ball when enduring contact trying to work in tight spaces at times and ends up on the floor when taking contact at the rim at times. Handling contact against full grown pros a year from now when he goes to the G-League will be quite an adjustment and contrast to what he’s seeing now on a daily basis … While the foundation is present, he can improve 3PT shooting consistency and speed up his release. Shot 26.6% 3PT% on 3.4 3PT attempts per game over the Nike EYBL in 2022 … Although he’s more of a perimeter player, he has room to improve as a rebounder. Only averaged 5.6 rebounds per game over the Nike EYBL in 2022 … While he keeps turnovers fairly low considering his volume and role with the ball, he holds a negative assist to turnover ratio and can improve assist count, especially if he’s going to run the point at the next levels. Averaged 2.2 assists to 2.3 turnovers per game over the Nike EYBL in 2022 …

Outlook: G-League Ignite commit … Transferring to Sunrise Christian Academy for his senior year … Scored 16 points (6-7 FG, 4-4 FT) at the 2022 UA Next Elite 24 … 2022 New Hampshire Gatorade Player of the Year …

Evan Tomes 9/9/22

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