Updated on 6/26/22. Written by Alan Lu.
2022 Rankings were finalized on 6/23/22.
Professional Team: Cearense
Classification: International ‘00
Projected Draft Range: Likely Undrafted
Strong finisher around the basket
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Very good rebounder
Above average athlete
Very good motor
Needs to improve his shooting
Needs to improve his free throw shooting
May struggle to consistently create his own shot
Not an elite ball handler
Must get stronger
Classic tweener, may be in between forward positions
Relative unknown commodity
Joao Pereira, also known as Mãozinha, is an athletic, energetic combo forward that is having a very good season in Brazil’s top league, the NBB. He is a high-motor player that makes a lot of hustle plays on both ends of the floor, and he is a very good rebounder. He will need to improve his outside shot and add more muscle to his frame to improve his positional versatility at higher levels, but Pereira’s production, motor, and emerging skill set could enable him to make his way to the NBA someday.
12/19/21 Cearense vs. Minas
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