You feel something is missing in the draft process if there's not any unknown international guy coming out of nowhere. Rodrigue Beaubois
fills the bill, even if we already saw him a couple of days ago in the Douai Tournament. As we pointed out yesterday,
he looked very intriguing in the limited playing time he enjoyed.
Unlike Nicolas Batum
, who remained with the French National team, Beaubois made a temporary detour to come to Treviso. He hasn't really performed at a great level in his first day in the camp, but by just putting on the table some of his superb characteristics, has drawn great attention from the NBA teams.
The potential is certainly there. He enjoys elite athleticism and an endless wingspan. He also shows excellent ball-handling skills with both either hands to dribble past his defender, a very solid stroke out to the three-point line, also in off-the-dribble mode, promising defense with very nice ability to come up with steals using his long arms, and he has already delivered some intriguing passes to think about solid court vision.
Beaubois is yet to prove to be a solid distributor and a good competitor. Actually he shows little emotion, sometimes even looking a bit passive. And of course, he's a completely unproven player if we talk about high-level competition in Europe. Indeed he barely has any experience in the National Team with his own peers.
Anyway, according to his agent Bill McCandless, up to six NBA teams have offered him a promise in the second round, nothing surprising giving how it usually works with "new guys" (remember Joel Freeland
last year). Still, he will likely pull out and explore other options in future drafts, that's unless a first-round promise eventually arrives.