Analyzing Armel Traore, Brice Dessert, and Hugo Boumpoutou in a French Basketball Cup Game

April 16th, 2024

By Alan Lu

Today, I decided to take the time to watch ADA Blois’ 6-8 forward, Armel Traore play in a December 19th French Basketball Cup game against BCM Gravelines, with thanks to YouTube via ADA Blois Basket 41 – TV.  Traore has been putting up strong numbers in the French League and has recently declared to enter the draft, so I decided it was time to watch him play to try to get a more accurate assessment of his skills and draft projection.  Here are my thoughts on how he fared in that game.

ADA Blois’ 6-8 French forward, Armel Traore has put up solid numbers in the French League, and he could end up getting selected in the 2024 draft. (Photo: Photopqr/La Voix du Nord/Maxppp, via La Nouvelle République)

Armel Traore is an athletic, energetic forward that excelled as a scorer and rebounder in this game.  He showed a knack for scoring on hustle plays, and he also shot the ball well in the flow of the offense.  He showed a knack for scoring on fast breaks.  He was able to run the floor to get the ball, and he drove quickly to score off the glass.  He also scored on a powerful fastbreak dunk late in this game.  He also managed to dribble off of an offensive rebound to score on a put back.

He also shot the ball well from the outside.  Traore was able to run the floor to make an open, spot-up three off the catch.  He also showed off some shot creation skills, as he was able to run off the ball to get it, and he drove quickly to his left to score smoothly that time.  On the downside, he missed on a fadeaway jumper from the baseline when posting up once.

On the downside, he was quite turnover prone.  For the positives, Traore can make quick drive and kick passes to find open shooters on the break, and he will also sometimes set solid screens to help his teammates get open on offense.  He also is a fleet-footed forward that showed a willingness to handle the ball on the break.  On the downside, he tended to over-dribble and play too recklessly on offense, which would lead him to commit ball-handling turnovers.

Traore also showed a satisfactory ability to rebound the basketball.  He was able to haul in board on both ends of the floor, and he would hustle to get those boards.  He dove on a loose ball on the ground to get an offensive rebound.  He also flew in to get a defensive rebound another time.  Sometimes though, he would allow opponents to get offensive boards in his area, as he doesn’t always properly box out his man.  Defensively, he looked to be fairly average.  For the positives, he is an aggressive help defender that has the tools to be a plus-level defender.  Traore was able to swat a shot off the dribble, and he also deflected a pass another time.  He also would quickly defend out on the perimeter to apply pressure, which would enable him to force passing turnovers.  However, sometimes he would play too aggressively, which would lead him to being out of position and give up open jump shots.  Another time, he got outmuscled when defending in the post, which led him to allow an easy catch and score that time.  On a separate play, he didn’t effectively communicate a screen to a teammate, as his team allowed their opponent to drive the baseline on a pick and roll to score on that possession.

Overall, Armel Traore is an athletic, energetic forward that had a decent showing in this game, as he made shots, was active as a rebounder, but he also was turnover prone and seemed to be up and down defensively.  Though he will still need to be a more reliable shooter in games and improve his decision-making skills, Traore’s athleticism and two-way potential could make him an interesting draft prospect. He is a second round prospect that projects well into a 3 and D role at the NBA level, and he could end up being a solid role player similar to former Los Angeles Clippers’ forward, Luc Mbah a Moute in the NBA.

ADA Blois’ 6-11 center, Brice Dessert had a solid showing in his team’s loss to BCM Gravelines.  He is a strong, mobile big man that made solid plays to help his team shore up the interior.  While he doesn’t possess elite athletic gifts, he consistently made solid hustle plays to help his team on both ends of the floor.

Dessert showed a knack for scoring on hustle plays.  He would use strong moves to score on put backs, and he was able to throw down a powerful put back slam late in this game.  He also was able to roll hard to score at the rim another time.    Dessert also managed to use a drop step and a step-through move to score out of the post.  His only miss was when he drove off of of a short roll, as he used a spin move but was unable to score on the layup attempt afterwards.

As a playmaker, he looked to be fairly average.  Dessert is an unselfish player that would make the extra pass and set screens for his team.  He would set solid screens to help get his teammates open driving lanes and jump shots, and one of his screens helped allow his teammate to score off the dribble.  On the downside, Dessert was quite turnover prone.  He tended to collide into his opponents and commit offensive fouls and turnovers.  One was due to a moving screen, and another when he was rolling off the ball.  Another time, he lowered his shoulder after driving off of a short roll, which led to another charging foul that time.

Also, Dessert did a very good job of grabbing rebounds in this game.  He was especially active at crashing the offensive glass, and he was able to get multiple boards on both ends of the floor.  He also defended well in this game.  Dessert is an active, energetic defender that would consistently make plays to help his team on the defensive end.  He was able to hustle back to block a shot to prevent an opponent from scoring on a fast break, and he also would get his hands on passes to help his team get steals due to possessing good motor and timing.  He also managed to rotate to contest a three to force a miss.  He also doubled and trapped an opposing ball handler to help force a ball-handling turnover another time.  On the downside, he would sometimes struggle to defend in screen situations as he would be late on his rotations, which would lead him to commit fouls and allow scores.

Overall, Brice Dessert quietly played well in his team’s loss to BCM Gravelines.  He has been productive in the French League, and he’s excelled as an interior player at that level.  He’ll need to extend his shooting range and add a reliable jumper to his arsenal, but his motor, production, and skill set could enable him to excel as a rotational big man in the NBA.

Hugo Boumpoutou played very well to help lead BCM Gravelines to a win over ADA Blois.  He is an athletic slasher that excelled at making plays on both ends of the floor in this game. Boumpoutou did a decent job of scoring off the dribble.  He was able to drove quickly on the baseline to score on a turnaround layup early on.  He also managed to score on a bank floater off the glass.  However, sometimes he would take tough shots that would lead to misses.  He also excelled at scoring on hustle plays.  He showed a knack for scoring on quick drives in transition.  He also used a drop step move to score on a put back off of an offensive rebound.  While he didn’t take any threes in this game, Boumpoutou was extremely effective at attacking the hoop to score, especially when he would take shots around the basket.

He didn’t seem to make any notable passes, but he generally handled the ball well.  Boumpoutou didn’t grab many rebounds, but he was able to run in to get an offensive board once.  He also played satisfactory defense in this game.  Boumpoutou was able to intercept an errant pass to get a steal.  He also would contest turnaround jumpers when defending in the post to force misses.  On one play though, he gave up too much space to a three-point shooter, and despite challenging the shot, his opponent ended up scoring that time.

Overall, Boumpoutou is an athletic, energetic swingman that can score the basketball, but he will need to extend his shooting range and add a reliable jumper to his arsenal.  Still, he could be a prospect to watch in the future, and he could end up being a second round pick in the 2025 draft.

BCM Gravelines’ 6-8 forward, Roman Domon had a decent showing in his team’s win over ADA Blois.  He shot the ball well in limited minutes and was able to make some solid defensive plays, but he also was a bit turnover prone in this game.  

Domon was able to make an open corner three to show off his jump shot in this game.  He also ran the floor to score on the break another time.  He also caught a long pass on the break before getting fouled down court, which earned him a trip to the free throw line.

On the downside, Domon was quite turnover prone in this game.  For the positives, he is an unselfish player that would make passes to get the ball to teammates on the break.  However, he would sometimes rush and throw hasty passes that would get intercepted.  Another time, he lowered his shoulder and committed a charging foul when handling the ball that led him to commit an offensive foul and a turnover that time.

He also did a decent job of rebounding the basketball when he was on the floor.  He also defended well.  Domon would apply pressure and make things difficult for opposing ball handlers, as he was able to help force a couple of ball-handling turnovers.

Overall, Domon is a skilled swingman that can shoot and score the basketball, but he will need to be more assertive on offense, and he will need to improve his decision-making skills when he is on the floor.  He could be a prospect to watch in the future, and he could end up projecting into a 3 and D role at the NBA level.

ADA Blois’ 6-4 guard, Maxime Sconard is an athletic, energetic combo guard that also played in this game.  Sconard is an energetic player that was able to make hustle plays on both ends of the floor. Sconard was able to run the floor to score on a powerful, two-handed dunk.  Another time though, he missed on a put back after grabbing an offensive rebound.  He also passed the ball well.  He was able to quickly push the pace when bringing the ball up, as he was able to make a drive and kick pass to a teammate.

On the downside, Sconard did not grab any rebounds in this game.  He also played adequate defense.  He would apply pressure when defending opposing ball handlers, as he was able to help force a ball-handling and a passing turnover.  He also to prevent a dribble handoff by poking a ball off of an opponent’s leg as the ball then went into the backcourt and out of bounds, which helped Sconard force the turnover.  He also managed to successfully draw a charge another time.  On the downside, he would struggle to defend in screen situations, although his teammates wouldn’t always successfully communicate to him on how to quickly navigate in those situations.  He also would sometimes struggle to defend opposing ball handlers, which would lead him to commit fouls.

Overall, Sconard didn’t have his best game, but he is an athletic combo guard that can make hustle plays on both ends of the floor.  He will need to extend his shooting range and add a reliable jump shot to his arsenal, but he could be a prospect to watch in the future.All in all, those are my thoughts on how Armel Traore and other various prospects fared in this game.  Thanks for reading.

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