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Zaccharie Risacher 2024 NBA Draft Profile

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Zaccharie Risacher is currently the odds-on-favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Zaccharie Risacher 2024 NBA Draft Profile

We are just over 24 hours away from the 2024 NBA Draft! Today, we will be continuing our draft profile series with Zaccharie Risacher, who’s currently the odds-on-favorite to be the No. 1 pick. Without further ado, let’s dive into it!

Height: 6’8.50″ (6’9.50″ wingspan, 8’11 standing reach)

Weight: 194.8 lbs

Draft Age: 19.2

Position: Wing

Strengths:

Risacher was a quality spot-up shooter this last season with Bourg. In 23 Eurocup games, he knocked down a combined 36 of his 80 3-point attempts (45.0 percent) from distance in addition to 35.9 percent in the Jeep Elite Games.

That’s the majority of his offensive repertoire and he was quite efficient in a 50-plus game sample. He didn’t have much dip in his form upon catching the ball and could shoot off-movement or stand-still. There were times when his footwork during his lift looked funky … but the shots went in.

In the limited sample of defensive reps I saw from Risacher, I was quite impressed with his (team) defense. He didn’t have a great wingspan, but he had good anticipation and proper positioning on- and off-ball defensively. He could snake around or below screens and cut off driving angles to force opposing players into tough shots.

Weaknesses:

Risacher isn’t a good creator–at least not one I’d want to take a flier on if I had the No. 1 pick. That’s unfair because he can’t control where he goes, but he’s not great when he puts the ball on the deck in the half-court or in transition (relative to expectation).

Risacher moves well, but he struggled to beat defenders off-the-bounce and wasn’t physical enough to play through opposing wings. He wasn’t a threat with the ball in his hands if he wasn’t going right up with it.

That’s only going to get worse at the NBA level against bigger, stronger, lengthier wings. This fits most prospects, but he’s going to have to beef up. He’s also going to have to improve his handle, develop counters and be more confident when he puts it on the deck.

With that, he’s going to have to improve his live-dribble decision-making. If he can become more of a threat to score by putting it on the deck, he’ll open up other parts of his game for his teammates. Both are multiple steps behind and will need gradual improvement over time.

He also doesn’t have a great track record as a shooter outside of this last season. He shot 34.9, 32.1 and 30.7 percent from 3-point range, respectively, over his previous three combined seasons. It’s a sample of over 300 combined attempts, which isn’t a horrible sample. He could do a lot worse, but I wonder how translatable that will be right away off-ball.

Projection: Top-5 Pick

He’s currently the odds-on-favorite to be the No. 1 pick. I wouldn’t do it, but I still he’s worth a top-5/10 pick. Either way, I think he’s going in the top-5. He has to improve his skills with the ball in his hands and be a knockdown shooter. That’s a requirement to justify his value returned.

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