|Team: Espoirs Gravelines, International|
H: 6' 4"|
W: 190 lbs
(18 Years Old)
|Rank 20 in International 1998 ||
Hometown: Paris, France
Adam Mokoka, 6'4", 18.4 years old, Shooting Guard, Gravelines, France
-Strong physical profile for a combo guard
-Very good defender. Moves his feet on the perimeter and stays in front of opponents impressively. Gets in passing lanes frequently.
-Terrific rebounder from guard spot. 8.8 per-40 at U18s
-Strong first step in a straight line. Puts pressure on the defense with his quickness and draws fouls
-Inconsistent, but not a hopeless shooter. Made spot-up jumpers at an acceptable rate in Turkey. Not bad when he can step into his jumper in rhythm. Also made a handful of pull-ups that looked good coming out of his hand.
-Unselfish, competitive player who knows who he is and was more than willing to do his job at U18s.
-More of a 2-guard than a point at this stage. Negative (near 1/1) assist to turnover ratio in 114 games in DX database. Feel for the game is a work in progress. Not a creative or instinctive passer. Doesn't see the floor at a high level.
-Jumper looked encouraging at times (7/16 for 3 in U18s), but has struggled to make shots consistently throughout his career. 78/273 (28.5%) in 114 games in DX database. 67% career FT%. Mechanics waver under duress. Doesn't always shoot it the same way every time. Guides the ball on his release at times
-Not very efficient inside the arc either. Career 48% 2-point percentage. Very right hand dominant.
Outlook: Athletic combo guard still figuring out how to maximize his tools. Polish, feel a work in progress. Gives you quite a bit defensively and as a rebounder, and showed some flashes at times of being able to develop his jump-shot and move the ball unselfishly. Has great tools for either guard spot if he can improve in those areas, but is in desperate need of good coaching.
French guard Adam Mokoka discusses his strengths and weaknesses at the U18 European Championship, with accompanying video from the tournament.
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