Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Nikkos Kovanes Aka "Grown Man" Is Now Certified as a Weapon of Mass Destruction

The evaluation of Virginia’s Nikkos Kovanes places him as one of the best players in the age group – he statistically dominated the camp, got to where he wanted to with the ball in his hands, and was virtually unstoppable in both transition and the half court.  Kovanes was relentless in attacking the paint and was impressive finishing as he was often found right around the rim displaying great strength and athleticism.  We viewed him playing 4-postions with him being most effective face forward and going downhill and attacking.

You are who you can guard and Nikkos guarded the small quick guards, the long rangy wings, and the big strong post – he dominated them all on the defensive side of the ball proving that he is a two way player and dedicated on both ends of the court again on the high end of the elite level.  The kid is tough with a non-stop motor and will without question be one of the top players in the age group not by assumption; but by performance and proving it on the court.  He immediately becomes a top Middle School All-American candidate for the 2015-16 after his jaw dropping performance at the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp.

Nikkos at the end of the day is a strong and physical guard that punishes defenders with his big body. He dribbles through contact to draw fouls or finish at the rim with his long arms over the defenders outstretched hands. He is an excellent ball handler and uses a variety of dribble moves to beat his man before he physically overpowers him. He has excellent court vision and can drive, draw and kick to the open man and he loves to pass with one hand off the dribble. 

He displayed good leadership skills, decision making and basketball IQ throughout the camp. He also did a great job of not turning over the ball when he aggressively attacked the basket. He has a solid three point shoot off the catch and shoot as well. He spots up and can knock down the open jumper with time and space. Nikkos must continue to improve his perimeter shot but the talent and toughness are present. He may remind some of a young Dion Waiters at this juncture with his ball handling and ability to breakdown the defense and get to the rim.

This isn’t a player to watch this is a player who clearly should have been on the radar well before now – leave it to find, identify, and get behind the next new star in the class of 2022 Nikkos Kovanes he is the real deal.