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Zachary Rizache emerges as top prospect in ESPN's 2024 NBA draft mock

Posted : 13 February 2024

Zachary Rizache, the 18-year-old son of former French national team player Stefan Rizacha, is making waves in European basketball as he climbs to the top spot on ESPN's 2024 draft mock.


Stefan Rizacha, known for his contributions in the 1990s and 2000s, including winning a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics, has passed on his basketball prowess to his son. Zachary's recent ascent to the number one position in the mock draft reflects his exceptional skills and versatility on the court.


Considered a versatile forward standing at 2.08m, Zachary has become a key player for Villeurbanne. Despite earlier dissatisfaction with the team and a demand for a loan move, he has been showcasing remarkable performances, both defensively and, more recently, offensively.


Villeurbanne owner Tony Parker had previously expressed confidence in building the team around Zachary, emphasizing his potential to be selected first in the draft.


Draft expert Jonathan Givoni highlighted Zachary's outstanding output, efficiency, and stability, contributing to his rise in the rankings. With a 46 percent shooting accuracy from beyond the arc, the young talent excels defensively by often guarding the opponent's best player and displaying versatility in switching positions in pick and rolls.


Givoni noted that Zachary is also starting to demonstrate game management skills, making him an asset that any NBA team could benefit from.


Zachary's recent call-up to the French national team further underscores his growing influence in the basketball world. Set to make his debut in the EuroBasket qualifiers later this month, the prodigious player has been averaging impressive statistics in both domestic and Eurocup leagues this season.


In the French league, he maintains averages of 10 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game, while in the Eurocup, he contributes 13.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per night.


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