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Prospect Profile

Evan Fournier

  • Full Name: Evan Fournier
  • Position: Shooting Guard / Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-7 / 206
  • Birthdate: October 26, 1992
  • Club: Poiters Basket 86 (France)
Denver Nuggets Round 1: Pick 20

*Solid athleticism for an NBA wing player
*Good body control
*Fairly explosive to the rim
*Changes speed and direction well
*Great scoring instincts
*Operates well in pick and roll

*Outside shot needs improvement
*Needs better effort and consistency on defense
*Just an average rebounder
*Needs to get stronger

NBA Projection:
Likely a mid-to-late first round pick. Fournier is a smart, versatile and talented wing player with a good athletic profile. He has solid skills and good potential. He should be able to find a niche for himself in the NBA. He´s clearly a NBA talent and could find a spot in many franchises rotation. If he improves his shooting and defense he has the potential to be an NBA starter within a few years. Also, with the improvement of a player like Nic Batum (France), someone will most definitely see similar potential with Fournier.

2011-2012 season:
Fournier made significant improvement from the 2010-11 season. He increased his scoring from 6.2 ppg to 14.0 ppg and his rebounding from 2.0 rpg to 3.2 rpg. He’s improved quite a bit over the past two years (in 2010-11 he only averaged 4.6 ppg in France Pro-B). He starred at the 2011 U20 European Championships scoring 16.9 ppg while shooting 54.1% from the field.

Key statistics:  
14.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.5 spg, 26.0 mpg, .522 FG, .277 3PtFG, .754 FT
Reminds me of:
Kevin Martin, he’s athletic and is a scorer

What Insiders say:
Carl Berman, NetScouts Basketball
'After extensive viewing at the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit practices, it was appareent that Fournier has the athleticism, size and length to be the first international selected in the 2012 NBA Draft. Fournier needs more shooting consistency and strength but has the best chance of this years internationals to have a solid NBA career.'

Chad Ford, ESPN
“At 6-7, Fournier has excellent shooting guard size and good -- but not great -- athleticism, although at this point in his development, he is a below-average outside shooter. And, while not armed with great ball-handling skills, he is an effective slasher to the basket.  While Fournier has prototype NBA wing size, there is still a lot of polishing up left for him. But his track record is solid and he's young enough that there is plenty of time for him to do so.”

Luka Bassin, International Scout and Coach
'Fournier has excellent physical attributes to play in the NBA. He can penetrate and finish at the rim but his biggest quality is that he makes his teammates better and can dish great assists. Must develop his shooting and especially his shot selection. Definitely an NBA prospect.'

Danny Mills, Assistant Coach, UPEA Orlandia Basket
"Fournier is an intriguing NBA Prospect due to his combination of size (6'7") at the SG/SG position, scoring ability, good handle and his productivity especially at the offensive end of the floor. After an outstanding season in ProA in France he has the chance to be a late first round draft pick this year. There are questions over his defensive ability but that shouldnt affect some team taking him. Has great potential."

-- Chris Denker and Carl Berman are Managing Partners of NetScouts Basketball, "The International Basketball Connection."  You can follow NetScouts Basketball on twitter, or follow Chris and Carl on twitter or email them.

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