Austria is generally not thought of as a country that produces great basketball players. But in basketball as in life, there are no absolutes. So it should come as no surprise that a basketball player from the small European country is looked at as someone who has National Basketball Association (NBA) potential.
His name is Jakob Poeltl and he is currently preparing for his sophomore season at the University of Utah. Poeltl was born in Vienna, Austria twenty years ago this Thursday on October 15, 1995. He plays Power Forward well, partly because he stands 7’0” tall and weighs two hundred thirty-five pounds.
In his freshman season, this rapidly-improving performer averaged 12.3 points per game while grabbing 9.6 rebounds per game. Those numbers were considered outstanding for a freshman. And now, entering his sophomore year, this young and growing Austrian is considered a “game changer.”
Whether he is or not remains to be seen. He will have to prove his “superstar” status on the hardwood floor. Professional scouts believe he will improve in the new 2015-2016 Season because he has aspects to his game that they like.
In fact, Poeltl is known to be a great teammate with a positive attitude and a solid work ethic. Perhaps more importantly, this Power Forward has good hands which enables him to exercise reliable ball control. He is also a player that moves up and down the court easily.
Want more? Jakob Posltl already has a well-deserved reputation as a physical player, a strong rebounder and a ferocious defender. Those are among the many assets he brings to every basketball game. That’s why scouts for National Basketball Association (NBA) teams are already targeting him as a first round draft selection, probably two years from now.
In fact, NBA scouts are predicting stardom for this teenaged plater from the moment he enters a National Basketball Association game for the first time. They like his grit, his determination and his will.
They also like his skills because in addition to defending well, Jakob Poeltl can shoot jump shots from the perimeter and also from beyond the arc. And if a defender “comes outside” to challenge his shot, this skilled performer has the ability to “put the ball on the floor” and dribble past the player defending him.
At this point in his still young career, it seems reasonable to say that Jakob Poeltl has a solid game, is versatile and plays with enough energy and skill to be a true game-changer. It has already happened in his college career.
There is little reason to believe it won’t happen again when he becomes a professional. This young man from Austria is that good and is clearly ticketed for stardom. The team that eventually signs him will improve almost immediately.
Courtesy of Rant Sports