Thoughts on Zaccharie Risacher, Pacome Dadiet, and Juan Nunez in a Eurocup Basketball Game
December 16th, 2023
By Alan Lu
Recently, I took the time to watch Zaccharie Risacher and Bourg play against Juan Nunez and Ratiopharm Ulm in a November 29th Eurocup basketball game, with thanks to YouTube via Guillermo Maurino. This game also featured other notable prospects, such as Ratiopharm Ulm’s swingman, Pacome Dadiet, whose strong play has netted him draft buzz recently. All three players played well in this game, and here are my thoughts on how they fared on this day.
Zaccharie Risacher scored 17 points and made 4 threes to lead Bourg to a Eurocup win over Ratiopharm Ulm on November 29th. (Photo: Catherine Aulaz/Le Progrès)
Bourg’s 6-8 swingman, Zaccharie Risacher had a strong showing to help lift his team to a narrow win over Ratiopharm Ulm. He is an athletic, skilled swingman that showed off a solid set of all-around skills, and he especially thrived as a sharpshooter in this game.
Risacher showed a knack for making open, spot-up threes off the catch, particularly from the corners. He really excelled at making corner threes, and he is a sharpshooting wing that would make threes when given ample time and space to shoot the ball. Plus, he also was able to drive to the hoop and used a nifty behind the back dribble move to score on a running layup while getting fouled. Risacher also managed to score on a backdoor cut another time.
He also seemed to be fairly average as a playmaker. For the positives, Risacher is an unselfish player that can pass and handle the basketball. He was able to make a couple of deft drive and kick passes to find open shooters, and he would swing the ball to set up scores for his teammates. On the downside, he had a tendency to over-dribble and rush his plays, which would lead him to get the ball stolen away. Another time, he threw a hasty pass after coming off of a curl cut that led him to getting intercepted.
Though he didn’t grab many rebounds, Risacher was able to get a pair of defensive boards in this game. He was able to chase down a ball and save it to a teammate due to making a good hustle play once. He also was able to leap up to get a defensive rebound another time.
Defensively, he looked to be fairly average. Risacher was able to use his length to contest threes to force misses. When in position, he would contest shots in the paint to get stops for his team. However, he would get beat off the dribble in occasions where he shouldn’t have, which would lead him to commit fouls and allow scores. Despite having solid length and athleticism, he wouldn’t always stay in front of his man defensively. Another time, he was caught ball watching and was late to rotate back to his man, and he allowed his man to score on an open corner three-point basket.
In general, Zaccharie Risacher had a solid showing in this games, and he especially thrived as a shooter and scorer in this game. He’ll need to take better care of the basketball and play more under control when the ball is in his hands, and he will need to be a more focused defender in games. Still, he’s having a very good season overseas, and he is an athletic, skilled swingman that could end up being a likely lottery pick in the 2024 draft.
Ratiopharm Ulm’s Pacome Dadiet also played well in his team’s loss to Bourg. He is an athletic, energetic swingman that played well on both ends of the floor, and he was able to make some impressively athletic plays in this game.
Dadiet showed off versatile scoring skills, and he shot the ball well, especially from downtown. He excelled at making spot-up threes off the catch, and he was able to knock one down from way out. He also showed a knack for drawing fouls upon his defenders when driving to the hoop. On another play, he used a pump fake prior to driving to his left, but had his shot blocked that time.
Also, Dadiet excelled at scoring on hustle plays. He was able to score on a broken play at the rim amidst a scramble situation. Dadiet also was able to sprint down court to get the ball in order to score on a high-flying, two-handed dunk.
As a playmaker, he looked to be fairly average. Dadiet would look to push the pace, and he can handle the ball in the open court. On the downside, there was one play when he tried to drive from the baseline, but was called for stepping out of bounds. He also didn’t seem to make any noteworthy passes in this game.
He also showed a decent ability to rebound the basketball, and Dadiet was able to haul in boards on both ends of the floor. Plus, he also defended well in this game. Dadiet would jump on balls and get his hands on passes to help his team get steals. He also was able to apply ball pressure when defending an opposing ball handler to help force a turnover. He also would use his length to contest threes to force misses. On one play though, he tried to jump a pass, but was too aggressive in doing so, which led him to commit a foul as a result.
In summary, Pacome Dadiet quietly had a good showing in his team’s loss to Bourg. He is an athletic, skilled swingman that projects well into a 3 and D role for the NBA level. He’s flown under the radar as a draft prospect, but he could be a solid pick for an NBA team, especially if he is available for them to draft in the late first to the second round range of the 2024 draft.
Ratiopharm Ulm’s guard, Juan Nunez also played well in his team’s loss to Bourg. He is an agile, skilled point guard that can shoot and pass the basketball, and he is a cerebral playmaker that excelled at making plays on offense.
Nunez did a very good job of scoring off the dribble. He is an aggressive playmaker that would score on strong, crafty drives to the hoop, and he especially excelled at going to his left to do so. He showed good body control and change of direction skills to be able to maneuver around to consistently finish plays in the paint. On the downside, he missed all of his three-pointers, and he was unable to make a dribble, three-pointer from beyond the arc.
Plus, he also showed off solid playmaking skills in this game. Nunez is a smart player that sees the floor well, and he would tend to throw long, accurate passes to find open teammates on the move. He showed the ability to find them in stride, and he excelled at throwing skip passes to get the ball to shooters. However, sometimes he would try to throw quick passes into tight windows, which would lead to passing turnovers.
Though he didn’t grab many rebounds, Nunez was able to leap up to get a defensive rebound, and he was able to quickly bring the ball up afterwards. Defensively though, he looked to be about average at best in this game. For the positives, he is an active help defender that will look to force turnovers. On one good play, Nunez was able to steal a ball away from an opposing ball handler to get a steal. He also would get his hands on passes to help his team get other steals. Plus, he also managed to stay in front of a ball handler to cut off penetration to force a pass that later led to a shot clock violation another time.
However, Nunez generally struggled to defend in one-on-one situations. Sometimes, he would not move his feet well, which would lead him to get beat off the dribble and cause him to commit fouls and allow scores. Other times, he would not even contest shots despite being relatively close to his man, which would lead his team to allow opponents to score on open baskets. He also would sometimes be late on his rotations, and not make a full effort to try to recover or contest shots on the defensive end.
Overall, Juan Nunez played well in this game, and he especially excelled at making plays on the offensive end. He did a good job of attacking the basket to score and pass the basketball on offense. He’ll need to improve his focus defensively, and he will need to do a better job of giving more effort and contesting shots on the defensive end. He currently projects to be a solid rotation player at the NBA level, and he could end up being a likely pick in the late first to the second round range for the 2024 draft.
Ratiopharm’s 2006-born forward, Noa Essengue had an up and down performance in his team’s loss to Bourg. On one hand, he is a fairly athletic, energetic big man that can score on rolls to the rim, and he also was able to jump on a poked ball to help his team get a steal. He showed that he can make hustle plays on both ends of the floor. On the downside, he missed his only three-point attempt, and he also over-helped off his man and left him open to allow a dunk another time.
Overall, Essengue is a mobile, high-motor big man, but he will need to improve his overall skill level offensively. He had his ups and downs, but he still was able to make some hustle plays out there. It’s still too early to project how high he can go in the 2025 draft, but as he’s playing in a high-level professional league and is getting minutes, he could be a potential first round pick in 2025.
All in all, those are my thoughts on how Risacher, Dadiet, Nunez, and Essengue played in this game. Thanks for reading.