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Photo Cred: FIBA

is looking to make it ten out of the last bakers dozen FIBA AfroBasket Tournament’s won, and I’m scouting. The team has finished 2-1 in Group B and are headed to the quarter-finals Thursday September 14th vs Senegal. I be adding more then, but we’ll call this chapter 1.

Silvio De Sousa (The Star of Africa):

Game 3:

– Has guard-like speed to get out and run. 

– At 18 he’s about as strong as NBA players.

– Active on both ends of the court. Once he figures it out, he’s going to make a real easy target around the rim for distributors to find. Has the energy to reverse sides and strength to garner post position on the other side of the court. Great lateral mobility.

– Blocks shots with a mean streak. 

– Has decent form shooting from deep. Has good rhythm to it, but nitpicking your feet should wind up under you on the catch & shoot. Could be a three point shooter someday though too, that’s scary. 

– Terrific effort positioning for rebounds. Never gives up on the play til it’s secure.

– Draws a crowd on the block, easy to find open short porch three’s off his post presence alone.

– Was on the court playing rim protector and shadow defender holding CAF to a 15 minute spell of zero field goals, in a ride or die game. Is an intimidator.

Game 2:

– didn’t get on the court until the 5:14 mark of the 2nd quarter, with the score 12-12 vs Maraco. He was a ball of energy waiting to be unleashed. Showing youthful exuberance and passion for the game.

 – A well executed dive cut led to prime O-Reb position. The pick and roll is something he worked extensively on at the SC30 Select Camp. The hard work shows.

– A good dig and recovery on a post player led to a dive cut by the opponent, where Silvio responded with two quick lateral shuffles and a lateral leap to deflect and steal the ball.

– After getting the ball ahead to a guard, De Sousa tore down the court and finished with a full speed follow up chin up jam. That was after coming up with that steal. Showed an excellent motor.

– checking in with 6 minutes left and down in the 4th quarter, for his first action of the second half Silvio went to work. 

– showing a nose for the ball he snatched an O-Reb and threw up a traditional hook shot (elbow extended), that went down.

– The very next offensive possession he took off down-court, beat everyone to the launchpad and threw down a manly alley-oop dunk.

– The next couple possessions he was double-teamed off the ball, creating open looks at a crucial stage of the game.

– after the team went down 9 w/ just over a minute left, he remained competetive, crashing the O-Glass and drawing FT’s to at least stop the clock. The never give up mentality.

Game 1:

– rim run and seal, that’s what I’d like to see more of. With his size he’s not sealing off well enough, to receive the entry pass. Should learn this skill quickly, hands down low, wide and behind him to create a seal, then call for the ball.

– If he wants to be a catch and shoot top of the key player, he’s gotta learn to keep his hands at the ready.

– delivered a nice entry pass, as a high post distributor, led his man well. Showed nice touch going over the top.

– hedged well over the top of screens defensively and did a decent job recovering back to defend the rim. Would like to see a better hip turn when recovering.

Three game summary: Once he learns how to focus his efforts he’ll be a beast at any level. Couple things I noticed were being a bit to eager to jump to block the ball. Should watch the Draymond Green twenty minute video covering blocks and steals. He’ll notice he can be a more disruptive force on his feet. Needs a go to drive on the break to get him to the rim easier, such as an inside out dribble, hesi or cross-over.