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NBA: Izan Almansa and Jordi Rodríguez, the two Spanish teenagers who already sound like NBA projects

Jonathan Givonyfounder and co-owner of DraftExpressyou have performed an analysis for the chain ESPN about him Top 11 of the best player projects for the NBA that were seen in the European U18 that Spain won with the Spaniard Izan Almansa as MVP.

In his analysis, Givony notes that “the FIBA ​​U18 European Championship (first and second divisions) is easily the NBA’s most fertile recruiting ground for international prospects, generating 66 first-round picks over a 15-year span.”

The Spaniards Izan Almansa and Jordi Rodríguez, in the Top 11 of the best European U18 promises to reach the NBA

The Top 11 is comprised of Sidy Cissoko (France), Rayan Rupert (France), Miro Little (Finland), Bilal Coulibaly (France), Be Almansa (Spain)Elliot Cadeau (Sweden), Martin Kalu (Germany), Alex Samodurov (Greece), Jordi Rodrguez (Spain)Berke Buyuktuncel (Turqua) y Tobias Jensen (Dinamarca).

It also makes a special mention to Rafael Villarbase del F.C. Barcelona.

Izan Almansa, the pivot who escaped Madrid: “Too strong and fast for his European opponents”

Izan Almansa (2005) has made history by becoming the MVP in the same summer of the European U17 and the European U18.

The former Real Madrid player, who left the Whites’ academy in 2021 to try his luck at the Overtime Elite Academy in the United States, averaged 15.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.1 blocks in the U18 European Championship.

According to Givony “a year in Overtime Elite has helped Almansa make great strides as he transformed his body and stepped up his competitiveness with his speed and sense of the game, simply being too strong and quick for European opponents.” He is extremely creative within the painting.”

NBA teams will want to see him get better at mid-range shooting as his career progresses, especially since he doesn’t have a very explosive vertical jump,” he said of the 2.07m Spanish center. and 17 years.

Jordi Rodríguez, the forward of Joventut with “serious options” to enter the NBA Draft

For his part, Jordi Rodríguez (2004), forward of 2.04 m. that he has renewed with Joventut until 2027, could have “serious options” to enter a future NBA Draft if he strengthens his physique and improves his defense.

“Jordi Rodriguez is skinny and frail, but excels at creating shots for himself and his teammates, displaying excellent vision and creativity. What Rodriguez lacks in strength and explosiveness, he makes up for in pace, footwork and , confidence and intelligence, playing the game at his own unique speed and pulling off quite a few highlights in the process,” Givoy discusses Penya’s average.

The ‘Vitorian’ Sidy Cissoko is the Top 1 of the U18 who aim for the NBA

It should be noted that the Top 1, Sidy Cissoko, tiene formacin espaola. Formed in the quarry of Baskoniaa team he joined at the age of 13 and with which he made his debut in the Endesa League, just signed this summer for the NBA G League Ignite.

In the European U20 Cissoko I averaged 21.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 6 assists and 4.6 steals per game.

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