NBA Position: PF
Hometown: Cayenne, French Guiana
DRAFTED NO. 28 OVERALL BY THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS
Basement: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
NBA Comparison: Al-Farouq Aminu
- Athletic, Long
- High Motor
- Basketball IQ
- Rebounds Position
- Quality Finisher
- Runs The Floor
- Inconsistent Shooter
- Average Producer in Below Average French League
From the 2013 Nike Hoops Summit –
Throughout practice Livio Jean-Charles of France showed his value as a team oriented hustle player that is effective off of activity. Playing in the French League, not one of the premiere leagues in Europe did not allow Jean-Charles to showcase his game. However, at the Nike Hoops Summit he was able to do just that.
In practice Jean-Charles was unassuming playing alongside play-makers on the perimeter in Andrew Wiggins, Dennis Schroder, and Sergey Karasev. His role was not of a dominant offensive player, but rather the glue man.
Athletically he is a nice prospect with the ability to play the three and the four with his size and length.
His length makes up for his lack of traditional size at only 6-9 in shoes, but with his length (7-2.5) he is able to extend to defend quicker athletes and larger posts. That length also plays into the energy that Jean-Charles plays with allowing him to clean up misses on both sides of the court. His high energy and activity makes him an above average offensive rebounder for his size and strength.
During the game that was exactly what he did with seven offensive rebounds early, many that directly resulted in points for the World Team. He finished with a game high 27 points and a game high 13 rebounds.
On the offensive end Jean-Charles has the tools to be a formidable offensive weapon. He has a very compact release. He gets the ball out of his hands quickly on catch-and-shoot sets from 12-15 feet out. The ball gets out at a high point with his arm length and size making it difficult for defenders to effect the release.
Shooting outside of 15 feet is not a strength of Jean-Charles at this point in his development. He showed flashes of that in practice, but in the flow of the game he is not a deep ball shooter or a three-point shooter.
He lacks the ability to put the ball on the floor to create for himself or for others on the offensive end. As a ball-handler he is capable putting it on the floor for one or two dribbles in the half-court as well as in transition, but Jean-Charles is not a play-maker or facilitator on the offensive end. His activity on the glass allows him to make an impact on the offensive end as well.
There is potential as an offensive player Jean-Charles has a lot of upside still with his shooting stroke, energy on the glass, and athleticism.
As a defender Jean-Charles has the most impact on the game. As mentioned a few times already he has the length, athleticism, and size to guard multiple positions. Mechanically he has some work to do with the way he approaches his man.
In most defensive possessions Jean-Charles stands up-right, but gets wide with his arms out to take up space. Standing up-right takes away balance from a defender allowing a defender to change sides on them easier and get around the corner easier. In the game that did not affect Jean-Charles, but at the NBA level with elite athletes all capable of scoring at a high level that is a fundamental flaw that will need to be addressed.
Playing in the French League against subpar competition did not bring out the best in Jean-Charles as he averaged only 3.1 PPG 2.7 RPG in 14.3 MPG of action for Villeurbanne.
The talent level is not great in the French League, but it was for the Hoops Summit and Jean-Charles was the best player on the court without one play drawn up for him. His activity, length, and skill-set are reminiscent of the likes of Al-Farouq Aminu or Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. He is built in the mold of those types of players that will be used as a defender because of his length, but Jean-Charles has more upside on the offensive end.