U18 European Championship- August 2023
By Artau Pascual
Noa Essengue has done some impressive physical strides during this season: he has added some upper-body strength and his athleticism in straight lines is at an excellent level. In this U18, he thrived occupying the 5-man spaces: he felt comfortable operating through cuts and short relocations, took advantage of his power in transitions and fastbreaks and was able to attack closeouts against slower forwards and bigs. He didn’t show a lot of shooting range, but against Spain he hit an intriguing jumper off movement. On defense, he put up a tremendous effort jumping passing lanes and collecting steals when the opponent was trying to set the offense. He also was solid in the post because of his chest and core strength, and he hustled back well in transition. Needs to improve his tactical awareness at rotating and helping.
ANGT Belgrade- April 2023
Decent body frame. Above average athlete for Europe. Very long arms. Light on feet. Great motor. Still raw. Poor shooting mechanics. Plays above the rim. Active on boards on both ends. Leaking out after shot for quick points in transition. Uses his length on the defensive end of the floor.