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Yannick Nzosa

CURRENT TEAM: Unicaja Malaga (Spain)
Town:
Kinshasa (DR of Congo)
Country:
DR of Congo
Birthday:
11/15/2003
Height:
6´11´´ / 211 cm
CURRENT POSITION
C
EURO POSITION
C
NBA POSITION
C

PROFILE

Adidas Next Generation Tournament Valencia - December 2019

By Albert Robledillo

After some transfer issues which didn’t let him play with his team, Nzosa finally made his debut with Unicaja. His physical tools are astonishing thanks to his length, with a remarkable 7’4 wingspan, fluidity and ability to run the floor. He is not super athletic but his motor and size makes him a decisive player at this and further stages. Has great instincts on defense: is a tremendous shot blocker (5,4 blocks per 40 minutes) and not only because of his size; he is aware of everything off the ball, brave and doesn’t shy away the contact. That makes him foul trouble prone (4 per game). Also, has a great timing for rebounds. Nzosa is working on his skills in offense; still looks a bit raw, his touch is not solid enough (48% in two pointers) but has improved his midrange shot (12/15 from the Free Throw line).


Adidas Next Generation Tournament Kaunas - February 2019

By Eugenio Agostinelli 

Nzosa was the most tantalizing prospect in Stellazzurra, and he didn’t fail living up to the expectations. His frame is skinny but incredibly wide, his impressive footwork allows him to switch on the pick&roll staying with guards. He’s a threat protecting the rim but must learn how to use his body in the best way, as he gets into fouls trouble very early. He makes smart movements off the ball, can finish against length also dunking on defenders. Finishing with his right hand is still hard for Nzosa, as he prefers to turn on his right shoulder and go for lefty baby hooks. He always takes good positioning to grab boards, boxing out his man and grabbing the ball at a very high point.


Szent Istvan Cup 2019 - February 2019

By Luka Drca

Nzosa was awarded MVP of the tournament. He is a skinny, lefty, very mobile, well-coordinated, big man with huge wingspan. Decent athlete. Runs the floor well. Soft touch around the rim. Pretty light on his feet and explosive. On the post he is mostly using left jump hook. Sets good screens and rolls quickly. Good hands for a big guy. Excellent rebounder on both ends of the floor. Plays with energy. Can make mid-range shots, solid FT shooter. Defensively he is a great shot blocker. Needs to improve his body strength. Not afraid of contact. 




Nzosa has an impressive physical and athletic profile for his age: still extremely skinny and with an undeveloped frame, he’s measured at 6’11 and has ridiculous 7'4 wingspan. His quickness, fluidity and explosiveness are well above average, he runs the court extremely well, moves with good speed in the halfcourt and can easily finish above the rim.

Nzosa’s ball skills and basketball IQ are still shaky, and on offense he mainly plays off his motor and athleticism: it’s extremely difficult to keep him away from the basket at the youth level of competition, something even more highlighted by his high-level aggressiveness and intensity. Nzosa has very good coordination to catch and finish inside, where he also shows some decent touch around the rim, and his high point of release makes difficult for the defense to contest him. A terrific rebounder thanks to his quickness, length and athleticism, he crashes extremely hard the boards on both ends of the court and is able to rebound the ball outside of his area.

On defense Nzosa has to work on his awareness, but he can easily make up for his positioning woes with his outstanding physical tools. He has excellent mobility and quickness in the halfcourt, and his length and explosiveness allow him to bring great intimidation in the paint.
 

HISTORY

2016/17: Stellazzurra Rome (Italy)
2017/18: Stellazzurra Rome (Italy)
2018/19: Stellazzurra Rome (Italy)
2019/20: Unicaja Malaga (ACB, Spain)
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