Filip Petrusev and Montverde on ESPNU now – Page 3

Let me say first that, though I am posting for the first time today, I have enjoyed reading GUBoards for years. Thank you to all those who keep the site going. I am a high school coach in the Orlando area and we played Montverde our first game of the year. We were a state final four participant in the 2A classification, but were obviously not at the level of Montverde and lost by 28.

He is tremendously skilled for a 6’10" kid — an elite shooter for his position. Right now, he’s definitely more of a stretch 4 than a back-to-the-basket 5. Does have some trouble finishing over defenders in the lane. He seemed to have a very high basketball IQ and definitely played with an even, unselfish temperament. He struck me as a good, but not great athlete.


He is well-coordinated and has good feet, but is not super quick or explosive. It’s hard to tell how he would approach the game if he were "the man" on his team instead of a complimentary piece, but I think he has played so much high-level basketball that he could contribute next year if needed. The biggest question I had about him as we scouted Montverde was his general toughness. It appeared that he lacked "nastiness" and that we could be physical with him. How would he do in a D1 college basketball game? I could see him able to hold his own and provide some solid minutes. Montverde is very well coached and so his understanding of the game (spacing, passing, cutting, etc) will be good. Will he be physical and aggressive enough to defend his position and rebound effectively? We’ll have to see. I could definitely see him knocking down an open shot and making good decisions with the ball — a non-negotiable in Coach Few’s system. You never can tell how a young man is going to continue to develop in college, but given the GU staff’s track record of player development, I could certainly see Filip (who seems very coachable and already possesses some wonderful tools to work with) excelling at Gonzaga and being an all-WCC caliber player in the future. I am looking forward to watching his career. Welcome Filip and good luck.

Let me say first that, though I am posting for the first time today, I have enjoyed reading GUBoards for years. Thank you to all those who keep the site going. I am a high school coach in the Orlando area and we played Montverde our first game of the year. We were a state final four participant in the 2A classification, but were obviously not at the level of Montverde and lost by 28.

He is tremendously skilled for a 6’10" kid — an elite shooter for his position. Right now, he’s definitely more of a stretch 4 than a back-to-the-basket 5. Does have some trouble finishing over defenders in the lane. He seemed to have a very high basketball IQ and definitely played with an even, unselfish temperament. He struck me as a good, but not great athlete. He is well-coordinated and has good feet, but is not super quick or explosive. It’s hard to tell how he would approach the game if he were "the man" on his team instead of a complimentary piece, but I think he has played so much high-level basketball that he could contribute next year if needed. The biggest question I had about him as we scouted Montverde was his general toughness. It appeared that he lacked "nastiness" and that we could be physical with him. How would he do in a D1 college basketball game? I could see him able to hold his own and provide some solid minutes. Montverde is very well coached and so his understanding of the game (spacing, passing, cutting, etc) will be good. Will he be physical and aggressive enough to defend his position and rebound effectively? We’ll have to see. I could definitely see him knocking down an open shot and making good decisions with the ball — a non-negotiable in Coach Few’s system. You never can tell how a young man is going to continue to develop in college, but given the GU staff’s track record of player development, I could certainly see Filip (who seems very coachable and already possesses some wonderful tools to work with) excelling at Gonzaga and being an all-WCC caliber player in the future. I am looking forward to watching his career. Welcome Filip and good luck.