|Team: Vitoria, International|
H: 6' 8"|
W: 201 lbs
(19 Years Old)
|Rank 70 in Top 100 Prospects |
Rank 8 in International 1998
Hometown: Klaipeda, Lithuania
Tadas Sedekerskis, 6'8", 18.9 years old, Small Forward, Caja Laboral, Lithuania
-Has solid physical tools for the small forward position. Great size at 6'8 (possibly taller in shoes). Strong frame.
-Intelligent and versatile player who contributes in all facets of the game and can operate anywhere from the 2-4 positions
-Talented with the ball. Attacks the rim with both hands. Aggressive in early offense. Likes to push the ball off the defensive glass
-Operated as somewhat of a point forward for Lithuania at times, averaging 3.8 assists compared with 2.7 turnovers. Sees the game at a high level
-Passes on the move. Has good vision and is very unselfish. Uses both sides of the court. Shows versatility in his ability to move the ball.
-Has some ability to punish weaker defenders in the post.
-Goes out of area for rebounds on both ends of the floor. Averaged a very strong 10.2 per game at U18s
-Shows timing and feel making plays defensively. Averaged 1.4 steals and 1.6 blocks per game at U18s.
-Moves his feet and has good timing contesting shots. Doesn't bite for fakes.
-Has strong intangibles. Serious minded and competitive on and off the court. Looks likely to reach his full potential
-Career 75% FT%. Has demonstrated the ability to make a spot-up 3 in the past. Not a non-shooter
-Has average length. Not an exceptional athlete on top of that
-Just how good of an outside shooter is he right now, and how good can he become? Was 0-14 for 3 at this tournament, and just 11-22 from the free throw line. Has never been considered an elite shooter at any stage. 26% of career FGAs in 104 games have come from beyond the arc. 33% 3P% accuracy rate overall.
-Shooting mechanics are not a thing of beauty. Pull-up in particular takes a while to get off.
-Lacks a degree of explosiveness off the bounce. Struggles to create high percentage looks in the half-court at times
-Physically mature already. Lacks a degree of long-term upside due to his average athleticism. Some may question what he can hang his hat on in the NBA.
Outlook: Long-time leader of the Lithuanian national team, already played his fourth junior tournament at the FIBA level. Got off to an exceptionally hot start, but was slowed significantly by a nasty bout of the flu was clearly took a lot out of him in the knockout rounds, and likely prevented us from seeing his best. Still helped Lithuania overachieve by winning a silver medal at the competition. Had a very strong preseason for Euroleague team Baskonia, and saw some decent playing time early in the season, but has had a difficult time getting on the court since. Will be a longtime NBA player if he can find a way to become a consistent outside shooter, as he does everything else at a high level.
Lithuanian forward Tadas Sedekerskis discusses his strengths and weaknesses at the U18 European Championship, with accompanying video from the tournament.
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-Lithuanian wing Tadas Sedekerskis has long been considered one of the top European prospects in his generation, and he'll have a chance to build on that with a strong showing in Toronto. He has excellent physical tools, ball-handling ability and creativity, giving him plenty of upside to grow into as he matures and hopefully improves his perimeter shooting ability. Averaging 6.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game playing for Huesca in the Spanish 2nd division, the young swingman has been solid playing against players significantly older than he is, but is shooting just 29% from beyond the arc.[Read Full Article]
-Very interesting physical profile
-Great size for a wing at 6-8 or possibly 6-9.
-Good athlete. Can play above the rim. Strong first step. Smooth and fluid with movements.
-Can create shots for himself and others.
-Good ball-handler. Brings ball up at times, initiates offense
-Smooth and fluid with body control.
-Nice footwork on drives or attacking closeouts. Can execute spin-moves
-Can play pick and roll
-Solid passer. Unselfish. Finds open man, sometimes in impressive fashion
-Can post up smaller players
-Shows potential as an outside shooter. Made 38% of 3-pointers in Spain this past season
-Career 80% free throw shooter
-Good rebounder for position
-Competes on defense.
-Has already seen some spot minutes at the ACB level with Vitoria
-Not a great outside shooter. Jumper has a bit of a hitch, some wasted motion
-Career 33% 3-point shooter so far
-Has room to improve defensively, especially guarding the wing. Little bit upright in stance. Gets posted up. Bites on fakes.
Outlook: One of the biggest talents to come out of Lithuania in the last few years. Guard skills with forward size. Big enough to play some power forward, but is very versatile and can do different things with the ball. Rights are owned by Vitoria, who loaned him to the Spanish third division last season, where he saw solid playing time. Clear-cut NBA talent.
An interview with 6-8 Lithuanian wing Tadas Sedekerskis at the 2015 FIBA U18 European Championship in Volos, Greece.
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