The NBA Academy, started in 2016, features seven academies around the world with players receiving NBA style development as well as an educational curriculum that prepares them to excel on the court and in the classroom.
This was the first time the NBA brought its top players from across its academies to compete in the USA since its start in 2016. The one thing that was evident to the scouts, college coaches and media in attendance was the players understanding of spacing, ball movement, good shot - better shot and efficiency in their play.
Here are just a few of the players that performed well during the semi-finals on Sunday.
6-6 2021 PG Joshua Riddey (Australia) Size for position, uses ball screens well, shows patience on ball screens and solid decisions with ball. Long with good biliary to create off the bounce and has ability to knock down deep ball with a good balance of mid-range and floater game.
6-2 2020 PG Santiago Vescovi Vannet (Uruguay) Very effective on ball screens with a veterans patience. Did a very good job of getting Paint touches and making the right decision as passer and scorer. Not athletic but good finishing plays. Solid spot shooter.
6-4 2021 SG Mojave King (Australia) Athletic wing with solid stroke from deep. Hit multiple trey’s but doesn’t settle...comfortable attacking basket. Explosive off the bounce and solid defender, utilizes strength and athleticism to finish tough plays in the paint.
6-2 2021 PG Tarzan Armstrong (Australia) Long, solid defender with good decision making skills. Nice stroke and good use of floater game. Love his willingness to defend and make the right plays.
6-9 2021 F Jun Seok Yeo (South Korea) Very good defender with good activity on both ends. Did a nice job of stepping out and knocking down trey ball. Doesn’t force action and shows patience on offense.
6-4 2022 G Dyson Daniels (Australia) The rising sophomore showed a good feel for game, has good stroke and solid ball handling. Attacked well on ball reversals.
6-6 2020 WG Yannick Kraag (Netherlands) The senior, still 16 years old, shows tremendous promise. Has range on his jumper with length and athleticism to finish plays at the rim. Showed ability to play off the dribble. Has potential a lockdown defender.
6-6 2019 WG Tobias Rotegaard (Norway) Comes with a quick release and range on his jumper. His teammates continually found him for corner threes throughout the game. Utilized shot fakes to attack close outs for mid-range jumper.
6-6 2020 SG Jalen Celestine (Canada) The lefty has range on jumper. Very good at catch and shoot threes and mid-range shooter off the bounce. Although his team fell short he was instrumental in their attempted comeback knocking down multiple threes and finishing drives.
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