Observing Len Schoormann and Jacob Patrick in a German BBL Basketball Game

May 1st, 2024

By Alan Lu

This time around, I decided to take the time to watch EWE Baskets Oldenburg’s 6-4 guard, Len Schoormann play in a German BBL game against MHP Riesen that was played on December 27th, with thanks to YouTube via One Motive Sports.  Schoormann is an athletic, skilled combo guard that has been playing fairly well in a tough professional league, so I decided to take the time to assess his skills.  Here are my thoughts on how he fared, as well as where he may rate as a prospect for the NBA.

6-4 German guard, Len Schoormann has been flying under the radar, but his jump shot, athleticism, and ability to contribute in one of the toughest professional leagues overseas could earn him a chance to play in the NBA someday. (Photo: Rojahn/Imago, via NWZonline)

Len Schoormann had an adequate showing in his team’s loss to MHP Riesen. He is an athletic, skilled combo guard that plays hard, and he showed that he can knock down jumpers and distribute the basketball. Schoormann did a good job of knocking down quick, spot-up threes off the catch to provide floor spacing for his team on offense.  He has a very quick release, and he was able to make back-to-back, three-pointers in the second half.  He also ran the floor hard and caught a lob pass before getting fouled on an alley-oop, which enabled him to draw and make free throws that time.  On the downside, he struggled to score off the dribble, and he ended up missing rushed, contested shots from fairly close range.

He also showcased satisfactory playmaking skills in this game.  Schoormann generally passed and handled the ball well.  He was able to drive to the hoop and throw an accurate pass to find a cuter to notch an assist.  He also moves well off the ball and can find open shooters to set up scoring chances for them.  He also can break ball pressure, and he can quickly bring the ball up to help his team get into their offensive sets.  On one play though, he ran back to catch an inbounds pass in the backcourt, but he fell after catching the ball and lost it out of bounds to commit a turnover that time.

Also,  Schoormann was able to get boards on both ends of the floor to help chip in on the glass.  He also played adequate defense in this game.  He can quickly defend opponents on and off the ball.  He will fight through screens to stay with his man, and he would also close out on shooters to force misses.  On the downside, he would sometimes get caught ball watching and help too far off his man, which would lead him to allow opponents to score on open jumpers, and he also lost track of a cutter, which led to another basket.  He would sometimes tend to play too far off his man, which would allow opponents to score on jumpers.

Overall, Len Schoormann had a fairly solid showing in his team’s loss to MHP Riesen, and he is an athletic guard that can shoot the basketball and play either backcourt position.  He will need to improve his shot creation skills and be a more disciplined defender in games, but he may be an underrated prospect that could be worth a look in the late second round range of the 2024 draft, as he could end up being a reliable role player similar to Charlie Bell in the NBA.

I also took the time to watch MHP Riesen’s 6-5 guard, Jacob Patrick play in this game.  He had his ups and downs, but he had some solid moments in his team’s win over EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

Patrick was quite streaky with his jump shot in this game, but he was able to make a couple of quick spot-up threes off the catch to show off his ability to knock down outside shots.  On the downside, he also missed a handful of them, especially late in the game, and he would tend to miss on contested threes at times.  On the plus side, Patrick was able to score on a quick backdoor cut to the hoop.

He also passed the ball well.  Patrick is an unselfish player that would make the extra pass, and he would find the open man to get them the basketball to set up scores for them.  He also was able to haul in boards on both ends of the floor to help chip in on the glass.  Defensively, he looked to be about average.  On one good play, he funneled a cutter baseline and his opponent ended up stepping out of bounds with the ball in his hands to force a turnover.  On another though, he was out of position and didn’t stay in front of his man, and he allowed a pass that led to his team to give up a corner three basket late in the game.

Overall, Patrick didn’t have his best game, as he was inconsistent as a shooter and defender in this game, but he is an agile, skilled swingman that showed that he can knock down jump shots and make team plays when he is dialed in.  He will need to be a more consistent player in games, but he could be a potential second round pick in the 2025 draft if he improves and hones his overall game.

All in all, those are my thoughts on how Schoormann and Patrick played in this game.  Thanks for reading.

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