The Nike Hoop Summit has long been a springboard for International prospects to impress NBA scouts and improve their draft stock. This year’s breakout performance came from Livio Jean-Charles who scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds(7 offensive) while shooting an astouding 10-13 from the field in the World Team’s defeat of Team USA. The 6’9 French product currently plays for powerhouse ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne, which is part owned by Spurs star Tony Parker.
While many fans saw Livio’s great performance in the Hoop Summit game, NBA personnel got a chance to watch the French combo forward play all week during World Team practices and scrimmages. Jean-Charles was one of the World Team’s most consistent players doing a little bit of everything throughout the week. The versatile forward ran the floor well, rebounded the ball on both ends of the court, and showed surprisingly good vision in both half court sets and transition.
Most impressive is Livio’s ability to score without having any plays run for him. While he didn’t take many shots from three point range, Livio consistently knocked down mid range jumpers from the elbow and the short corner. In transition Jean-Charles got to the rim with ease and finished over and around defenders in the paint. The 2013 NBA Draft early entrant also contributed on the offensive boards, where he grabbed multiple rebounds for second shot opportunities and showcased his ability to tip ins at the rim.
On the defensive side of the ball, Livio was a great shot blocker using his length to influence opponents’ shots at the rim throughout the week. Jean-Charles showed the ability to guard 3s and 4s, while helping out inside with some of the talented bigs he saw at the Hoop Summit. Far from just a scorer, Jean-Charles showed that he is a force on both ends of the court.
Based on his explosion at the Hoop Summit, the 19-year old has now placed himself firmly in the mix for the first round of this year’s NBA Draft. Moving forward, Livio now has to finish out the regular season with ASVEL before hitting the French Pro-A playoffs, giving NBA teams a relatively short window to get a glimpse at him in workouts before the Draft hits in June.