Page updated as of 4/12/2020, scouting report written by Alan Lu.
2019 rankings were finalized on 6/19/2019.
Professional Team: Real Madrid
Classification: International ’97
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted
Excels at scoring on the move
Decent mid-range shooter
Decent scorer off the dribble
Decent rebounder for a player his size
Adequate defensive player that can get steals
Better than advertised athlete
Plays in one of the toughest professional leagues
Must improve his outside shot
Can struggle to finish plays in traffic
Needs to improve his passing ability
Can be foul prone
Not overly explosive
Must get stronger
Has not played much in the top professional leagues
Santiago Yusta is a skilled swingman that could potentially excel as a two-way player in the NBA. He can garner plenty of scores off the dribble as well as off of mid-range jumpers, and he is an active defender that can get stops and steals for his team.
On the other hand, he is not a very good three-point shooter, as opponents can sag off of him. Also, he has not seen consistent playing time in the top leagues overseas, which makes it tougher to gauge his potential to develop as a player.
Right now, he likely projects to be a second round, draft and stash pick for the upcoming draft. Yusta is an intriguing prospect, but he may need more seasoning overseas before he can be ready to play in the NBA. If he continues to hone his game, he could end up being a solid role player in this league.
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