Livio Jean-Charles of France made the most of his invite to this year's Nike Hoops Summit. He was awesome during the main event, totaling 27 points and 13 boards against a number of projected top-10 picks in 2014.
For what it's worth, Jean-Charles aces the eye test and looks the part of a versatile NBA forward.
Jean-Charles has favorable physical tools for making the transition to the NBA. He stands 6'9'' in sneakers with a 7'2'' wingspan, excellent measurements for a projected small forward. Jean-Charles is a high-energy player who stays active on both ends of the floor.
He's also light on his feet for a player his size. At the Summit, Jean-Charles converted a number of catch-and-finishes that required him to beat defenders down the floor and elude them in the air.
At 217 pounds, he'll have to add weight if he wants to log minutes as a 4. He could get stuck in-between positions in the NBA, but his ability to play face-up offense could make him a mismatch as a wing.
Jean-Charles isn't an explosive athlete, but has enough physical ability to compete in the league. Overall, he has solid tools, including size, length, motor and mobility.
Around the Rim
The forward has excellent feel around the rim, with the ability to finish on the move and adjust if needed. Jean-Charles uses pump fakes and proper footwork to better position himself for easy buckets around the defense. Watch how he anticipates the challenge in the first highlight and adjusts midair in the second.
Alert, Active, Aware
One of the qualities that stands out about Jean-Charles is his awareness and activity level. He seems to always know what's going on around him.
At the Summit, Jean-Charles delivered a number of pretty passes, keeping his head up throughout.
Without the ball, he's a constant target for guards as a cutter in the half court and a leak-out option in transition.
Jean-Charles showed off a promising mid-range jumper against the USA team at the Hoops Summit. The ability to consistently convert the elbow jumper will be a key in Jean-Charles' development. NBA defenders will be forced honor the forward's jump shot if it becomes routine, making them vulnerable to drives off the dribble.
While the optimistic scout sees Jean-Charles as a versatile forward, the pessimistic scout sees a tweener. He projects as a player who can defend the 3 in the NBA but will struggle on offense without development of a perimeter game.
A lot of his points come off of hustle, instincts and length. Jean-Charles isn't the type of player that can can convert isolation buckets in the half court
The French forward doesn't have the highest ceiling, so expectations should be tempered.
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