NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT
|POSITION: PF||FROM: Serbia||HT: 7-0||WT: 201|
|BORN: 12/26/01||YEAR: 01||WING: 7-3||REACH: 9-1|
Aleksej Pokusevski is a lanky, versatile big forward with a high skill level, exceptional passing ability and a lot of upside. In our book Poku is challenging both Deni and Hayes for the top international player in the draft. He’s been playing against lesser competition and so it’s a bit harder to get a read on him but the flashes of talent that he shows are special.
Aleksej has a really nice feel for the game and really knows how to pass the ball and make the right decisions. He’s really a 7-0 guard who makes dribbling and passing the ball look effortless. It’s very rare to find a player his size and age that can dribble, play-make and see the floor like Poku.
He’s got a promising 3pt shot, although still inconsistent, and projects as a floor spacing, catch and shoot big/wing who can also use the outside shot to set up his dribble drive game. He’s shown the ability to drive the ball with either hand and can make the one-handed pass off the live dribble as well as any 7-0 footer in his age range.
Gets up and down the floor well and shows a lot of agility for a near -7-footer. He moves like a guard and can rip a rebound and take it the other way, showing off his ball-handling and open court speed. He’s got court vision and a nice feel for drawing defenders and finding the open man.
Has good footwork in the paint and can score with his back to the basket and from mid range with a nice turnaround.
He needs to put on weight and add strength to hold up and defend in the paint at the NBA level.
- Toni Kukoč
- Jonathan Bender+
- a far more advanced Anthony Randolph
lottery pick in the 2020 NBA Draft
2020 Power Forwards
- Obi Toppin – 6-9 – Dayton
- Aleksej Pokusevski – 7-0 – Serbia
- Precious Achiuwa – 6-9 – Memphis
- Paul Reed – 6-9 – DePaul
- Jalen Smith – 6-10 – Maryland
- Xavier Tillman – 6-8 – Michigan State
- Mamadi Diakite – 6-9 – Virginia
- Reggie Perry – 6-9 – Mississippi State
- Lamar Stevens – 6-8 – Penn State
- Killian Tillie – 6-10 – Gonzaga (France)
- Paul Eboua – 6-8 – Cameroon
- Emmitt Williams – 6-6 – LSU
- E.J. Montgomery – 6-10 – Kentucky