Prospect Profile | International Prospects

by Brian Seltzer
Sixers.com Reporter

The brief profiles posted below offer quick glimpses at several projected first-round international prospects preparing to continue their respective professional careers in the NBA.

Rodions Kurucs

6’9” 200 LBS SF

Season Stats:

25 G | 20.5 MPG | 9.2 PPG | 43.5 FG% | 31.6 3FG% | 30 3FGM | 79.6 FT% | 2.7 RPG | 1.4 APG

Career Snapshot:

• Last season, Kurucs served mostly as a starter for FC Barcelona B, a team that belongs to Spain’s primary second-tier league. Prior to last fall, the 19-year old Latvian hadn’t exhibited much of a 3-point stroke, managing just 16 total triples over the previous two campaigns. Recent numbers would suggest, however, that Kurucs has made strides in this area of his game, as he buried 30 shots from outside the arc in only 25 games a season ago. The sizable, sturdy, nimble wing man reached double-figures 11 times in 2016-2017, turning in one 20-point game.

• Towards the end of this past season, Kurucs received a call-up to FC Barcelona’s top club for a March 24th Euroleague game. He played three minutes off the bench, and deposited one field goal.

Isaiah Hartenstein

6’11” 249 LBS F

Season Stats:

32 G | 11.6 MPG | 4.3 PPG | 49.0 FG% | 8-29 3FG | 69.8 FT% | 3.2 RPG

Career Snapshot:

• Last season marked an important step for Hartenstein, as the 19-year old progressed to the roster of Zalgiris Kaunas, a team from the Lithuanian Basketball League, and qualifier for the Euroleague round robin. The big man, who wrapped up his second professional season in the middle of May, filled a limited role with Zalgiris, used almost exclusively as a reserve. Of his 32 outings, five came in Euroleague competition, including an eight-minute stint against KK Crvena Zvezda in the beginning of January.

• As showng in the highlight package below, Hartenstein clearly has the potential to finish powerfully at the rim.

• After spending the first part of his life in the United States (he was born in Eugene, Oregon), Hartenstein and his family relocated to Germany, so that his father, a native of the country’s Rhineland region, could continue his professional playing pursuits. Hartenstein holds dual citizenship between the United States and Germany, and has represented the latter of the two nations in international competition.

Jonathan Jeanne

7’2” 195 LBS C

Season Stats:

26 G | 10.4 MPG | 3.0 PPG | 43.7 FG% | 48.3 FT% | 3.2 RPG

Career Snapshot:

• In what was probably the biggest formality of the anthropometric testing phase of this May’s combine, the towering yet rail-thin Jeanne posted the tallest height - both with shoes (7’ 2”) and without (7’ 0.75”) - among the prospects who travelled to Chicago this year. He also recorded the combine’s highest standing reach (9’ 5.5”) and longest wingspan (7’ 6.5”), while collecting 24 points and 12 rebounds in two days’ worth of five-on-five scrimmage action.

• Last season, for the first time in his professional career, Jeanne logged extensive action in France’s LNB Pro A league, home to the country’s highest level of competition. His playing time appeared to pick up as the season went along, too. Jeanne was given at least 12 minutes of run in each of Nancy Basket’s final nine contests, and while his overall role might not have been all that substantial, he rebounded at the very respectable rate of 18.2 percent.

• According to RealGM, Jeanne has made three appearances for France in FIBA international junior competition. At two of those events, he was part of a field that also included Furkan Korkmaz, the Turkish guard whom the Sixers chose with the 26th pick in last June’s draft.

Anzejs Pasecniks

7’1” 220 LBS C

Season Stats:

50 G | 15.8 MPG | 7.2 PPG | 65.8 FG% | 55.8 FT% | 3.0 RPG

Career Snapshot:

• One of the most seasoned of this year’s top-rated international prospects, Pasecniks boasts a resume featuring nearly 240 professional games since his career started in 2011. This season might have Pasecniks’ best, based on the caliber of competition he faced. Playing for Gran Canaria of the widely-respected Spanish ACB league, Pasecniks posted his strongest scoring and rebounding lines since his days in Latvia’s under-18 league, and was an ACB Best Young Team award recipient.

• Last summer, Pasecniks tried to help his native Latvia secure a spot in the 2016 Olympics field. He played in all three games at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Serbia, averaging 8.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.