Scouting Lucas Nogueira
As we get approach the 2013 NBA Draft, we are reaching out to local experts to help us scout some of the players the Hawks may take in the first round. We had Paulo Freire from LatinBasket.com help us scout Brazil forward/center Lucas Nogueira:
Lucas Nogueira start his basketball career at a small club from Rio de Janeiro call Central, located at Niteroi City. Since day one, he always got an special attention because of his size, been the tallest kid around the young basics leagues in Brazil.
It didn’t take much time for the CBB (Brazilian Basketball Confederation) coaches to call him up for the National Team’s under age categories, so Lucas very young had the opportunity to get a lot of international experience, and he did a good job took advantage of the opportunities and improve his game. It was on the U18 FIBA Americas Championship in San Antonio that Lucas got into the radar of many scouts, as he played very solid and start to get more international attention.
The Hawks fans could expect of Lucas Nogueira, a young man with a spirit of kid in his smile and happiness on the court. A very potential player that still needs to improved physically but has the talent to be a top defender player in NBA. With his 7’5″ wingspan, Lucas is a truly mobile 7-footer, with a lot of energy to run the floor in transition. Lucas is already an incredibly shot-blocker with a perfect timing. His long arms helps him to be a pretty good rebounder as well.
On the other hand, Lucas still need to improve offensively, work in his mid range jump-shot will be a demand, and the ball-handling skills will be a challenge. Either way, Lucas is a hard worker, in the last year he has been notable not like an prospect anymore but as a reality. Brazil national team, once again help him a lot, as he was invited to practice with Nene, Anderson Varejão, Tiago Splitter and also Fab Melo from the Celtics in the university national team.
One thing is for sure, the NBA fans can expect a lot of dunks and shot blocks from him.
Here’s what some of the national mock drafts are saying about Nogueira:
FOXSports.com Analysis: “Bebe” gives the Hawks the opportunity to bring him in right away or allow him to develop for another season in Spain. Nogueira is extremely raw, but players with his size and agility are rare. He had a breakout performance at the Copa America U18 tournament in 2010 and some NBA scouts came away saying he had top-five pick potential. He lost most of that hype with a dreadful showing at the 2011 adidas Eurocamp in Treviso, but has had a huge bounce-back season playing in Spain for Estudiantes.
ESPN.com Analysis: The Brazilian had a coming-out party a few years ago at the under-18 Americas Tournament, then fell off the map for a few years. Lately, he’s putting up solid numbers in Spain and a number of international scouts have him ranked higher than Gobert. He’s rail thin, but he has a great motor and can block shots.
NBA.com Analysis: The NBA has been waiting for years for the athletic 7-footer to add toughness. That it hasn’t happened is a bad sign. That teams able to spend an investment pick are still very interested is a good sign.
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