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What Estonian massive man Henri Veesaar brings to Arizona males’s basketball

Arizona males’s basketball formally introduced the dedication of Estonian massive man Henri Veesaar Wednesday, the UA’s third addition to the 2022 recruiting class.

As of some weeks in the past, not a lot was publicly recognized about Veesaar, who performs for European powerhouse Actual Madrid in Spain. Until you’re a global basketball junkie or rabid follower of Arizona recruiting, you’d most likely by no means heard of him your self.

What’s clear is that the 7-foot, 207-pound 18-year outdated ought to considerably enhance Arizona’s depth inside following the departure of Christian Koloko to the NBA Draft.

Koloko is totally intent on remaining within the NBA Draft, as Stadium’s Jeff Goodman reported.

Veesaar has as a lot upside as any European prospect within the 2022 class taking part in school basketball subsequent season, based on Jonathan Givony of ESPN, who’s founding father of, a personal scouting and analytics web site. Givony has in depth expertise watching Veesaar in motion, so his evaluation is pretty much as good if not higher than anybody’s.

“Veesaar has an intriguing talent set for a contemporary massive man, with a 7-2 wingspan, glorious dimension, mobility and perimeter taking pictures skill that might enable him to emerge as a legit NBA prospect as his lanky body fills out in time,” Givony writes. He’s fast off his toes for lobs or putback dunks, however he exhibits promising ballhandling, passing skill and taking pictures vary, in addition to the power to guard the rim and clear the defensive glass.

“With Veesaar weighing 207 kilos, and being the identical age as most rising highschool seniors, his skill so as to add bulk will play a significant function in how shortly he’s capable of emerge as a major contributor at Arizona. However he doesn’t draw back from contact and can change the geometry of video games by advantage of his skill to stretch the ground — making 28 3-pointers within the 35 video games he performed this season.”

Veesaar’s skill to stretch the ground is on show on this spotlight video Givony tweeted Wednesday. His huge wingspan offers him an imposing, at instances comical benefit within the paint.

In seven video games with Actual Madrid on the Adidas Subsequent Technology Match earlier this 12 months, he averaged 9.1 factors per sport and made 5 of 13 makes an attempt from 3-point vary.

Veesaar performed 5 video games finally summer season’s FIBA U18 European Challengers for Estonia, averaging 16.2 factors, 11.6 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and a pair of.6 assists. He competed in opposition to gamers principally a 12 months older than him on the Challengers occasion.

Veesaar will achieve extra worldwide expertise this summer season competing with the Estonian senior crew at FIBA qualifiers. It’s not clear if Arizona level guard Kerr Kriisa may even compete on the Estonian crew.

Veesaar informed Givony he’ll arrive on campus in August.

Givony’s article on Veesaar’s dedication is value trying out.

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