7 - Sergey Karasev

6-7, 197 Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Russia International
10/26/93 (28.1 yrs)
St. Petersburg, Russia
International Team
BC Triumph
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Eric Piatkowski

Strengths: Sweet shooting lefty with a great deal of scoring acumen … Needs very little room to get his shot off, great at stretching the floor … Strong basketball IQ for a player who is yet to turn 20 … Has solid court vision/imagination and is a willing passer … Some ability to put the ball on the floor in the half court set … Shows toughness, fighting for rebounds, even with a lack of strength … Has spent the past year as a main scorer on a professional team with solid efficiency … Definitely seems to have a willingness to come over and play in the NBA, not much worry about a hold out … Will compete defensively and has nice size for either wing position …

Weaknesses: Still relatively underdeveloped for the physical rigors of the NBA … Can be bothered by superior length and athleticism … An average athlete, this could really hurt him defensively on the pro level. Lacks great lateral speed making him a liability in isolation … Overall speed is less than ideal for a SG … Very inconsistent shooting from the midrange during his professional play … Spends too much time behind the arc and can fall in love with the long ball rather than mixing up his offensive repetoire … Will have to go through a drastic role change and culture change upon entry to the league … Needs quite a bit of time in the weight room before being considered as a rotation option at the NBA level

Notes: Measured at 6-7 (in shoes) with a 6-9.25 wingspan at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit … Was very impressive during the week of practices at the Hoop Summit in front of NBA scouts … Averaged 16.3 ppg in the VTB United League and 16.1 in Eurocup during the 2012-13 season for BC Tryumph Lyubertsy … Part of the Russian Men’s Basketball Team that won the Bronze Medal at the 2012 Olympics … Likely late first round pick who should slip no lower than the early second round …

Michael Visenberg 4/29/13

Strengths:  A fluid athlete with a great feel for the game … Left hander who shows excellent shooting ability … Has the ability to create shots for himself … Shows solid versatility … Has an excellent body with athleticism and fluidity … Solid ball handling and passing ability … A strong defender with the athleticism to block shots as well as the wherewithal to draw charges … Shows the ability to rise to the occasion and play well in big games …

Weaknesses:  Needs to get stronger physically … Defense needs a lot of attention and improvement … Coming from Russia makes it tough for him to adapt to the NBA and in particular American culture, or other parts of Europe … Needs to work on his mid-range game and become less predictable offesnively … Too enamored with the 3 point shot. Instead of looking for other ways to score, he continues to jack 3 pointers even when he’s not feeling it … Needs to become a more consistent outside shooter (shot just 11-45 from 3 in 24% the U18 championships) …

Aran Smith 7/1/10