• Sandro Mamukelashvili is a skilled Georgian big man who had a breakout year in a massive role as a senior at Seton Hall. Born in New York City, growing up in Tbilisi, spending the early part of his prep career with Stella Azzurra in Rome, and finishing it at Montverde Academy (FL), Mamukelashvili is a well-travelled prospect who took some time to develop at the college level. Playing sparingly in a minor role as a freshman before scoring 8.9 points per game as a sophomore, he turned a corner as a junior under Head Coach Kevin Willard. Seeing his role expand significantly as a senior, Mamukelashvili averaged 17.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game as a senior to earn Big East Player of the Year honors.
• Listed at 6’11 with an improving 240-pound frame and a 7’1 wingspan, Mamukelashvili is a fluid big man who is more skilled than he is physically imposing.
• Playing a very unique role for a near 7-footer, Mamukelashvili did a little bit of everything for the Pirates helping space the floor, attacking mismatches one-on-one in the post and on the perimeter, serving as both a screener and ball handler in the pick and roll, and even pushing the ball himself in transition. Even serving as a facilitator at times, he may not have been overly efficient last season, but at his best, he stood out in a role unlike many in modern college basketball history.
• Holding his own for stretches defensively last season, Mamukelashvili has decent feet for his size, but is not an especially prolific rebounder or impactful rim protector.
• One of the only players in recent college basketball using 1 or more possessions per game in all but 1 of the 11 playtypes Synergy tracks, Mamukelashvili did a little bit of everything as he filled a huge role as a senior at Seton Hall. A bit of anomaly in that he was just as likely to push the break himself as he was to rim run, dribble off a pick as he was to set it, and create a second chance on the glass as he was to get a shot up running off a screen, he possesses an appealing versatility to his offensive game.
• Scoring from the inside and out finding quite a bit of success out of set plays designed to take opposing big men out of their comfort zones defensively, Mamukelashvili saw just over half of his shots in the post or at the rim. Showing some touch and footwork inside that translated more consistently when he looked to finish than when he looked to score one-on-one, he averaged 1.16 points per finishing opportunity inside [56th percentile]. The 22-year-old forward showed the leaping ability to finish well-placed lobs but also the skill to step around defenders and toss in scoops handling in transition.
• Playing a fair amount of power forward over the last two years due to his ability to space the floor alongside another true big man, Mamukelashvili scored 1.13 points per jump shot in the half court [70th percentile] as a senior. Shooting the three more consistently as a junior when he was not attempting as many pull-ups, he has growth into a very capable perimeter threat.
• Possessing some length and instincts, Mamukelashvili is not particularly versatile or impactful protecting the rim, but showed competitiveness in spurts on the defensive end as a senior.
• Giving up some bulk to opposing centers but doing a better job sliding to contain opposing forwards on the perimeter sometimes than others, he allowed 0.87 points per one-on-one possession [34th percentile].
— Profile by Synergy Sports