Position: PG
Height/Weight: 6'4" / 185 lbs
School/Club: Olimpija (Slovenia)
Status: Int'l Draft Eligible
Birthday: October 30, 1999

About Issuf Sanon

Issuf Sanon is a blooming combo guard with good athleticism and competitiveness who has only come into his own as a prospect over the last year.  Stifled by some ill-timed injuries early in his career, Sanon exploded onto the NBA radar averaging 19.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.4 steals per game at the 2017 FIBA U18 European Championship making impressive plays in bunches over seven games in Slovakia.  Moving from his native Ukraine to Slovenia mid-season, Sanon carved out a steady rotation role for Petrol Olimpija.  Had some ups and downs playing against quality competition regularly for the first time, but put together several strong performances to finish the year averaging 4.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per game across five leagues for Donetsk and Olimpija.

  • Listed at 6’4.  Possesses good size for a combo guard to go along with decent length and an improving frame.  Good athlete with nice quickness and leaping ability.
  • Played a somewhat minor rotation role for the Slovenian League champion playing both on and off the ball.  Scored well attacking the rim.  Had many of his best moments pushing the ball in transition, but also flashed some ability to make set shots and get downhill out of ball screen actions.  Tenacity as a defender also shined in spots as he proved to be a very pesky defender despite his lack of high level experience.

Defensive Analysis

  • Had a remarkable year defensively for his age.  Gets in a stance and competes to help make up for his lack of experience.  Pressures the ball with quick hands, but lacks a degree of anticipation to stay in front of elite athletes.  Still figuring out how to handle ball screens without overthinking things, but held his own anyways for the most part.  Allowed only 0.471 points per Isolation possession[92nd percentile].  A bit foul prone, but forces turnovers at an impressive rate.  Has a good work ethic defensively which should serve him well as he gains experience.

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