Scouting: Jean Salumu – Telenet Oostende (2017/18)

After receiving MVP honours in the Belgian League for Oostende last season, 28-year old Jean Salumu went on to sign a deal with Basketball Champions League newcomer Sakarya this offseason. For Salumu, it’s the next step in his career, playing the first season outside of his home country Belgium. Salumu, known for his two-way ability, really got better as the season went on and should be able to deliver in a more prominent role on last-years turkish BSL surprise-team Sakarya.

General remarks:

– plays really upright, looks/plays taller than his actual height
– built like a track and field athlete
– more of a low-volume guy for Oostende, obviously helping/raising his efficiency (55.4 / 40.2 / 74.7)
– listed as a SG, can run some PnR, but needs a good ballhandler next to him


– guards multiple positions, can easily switch 1-3

– locked in on defense, two-way guard, really bothers shooters when closing out

– strong drive to the rim, always looks to penetrate, good first step, fairly quick and athletic, is able to attack closeouts

– above average three point shooter, quick release, superb footwork, mostly catch and shoot

– moves off the ball, spaces the floor, doesn’t always need the ball

– does the dirty work, boxes out
– target in transition, fluid athlete, quick


– sometimes a little bit too passive offensively
– not a great pick and roll passer, rarely feeds the roll man, prefers the easy pass, not a secret PG (note: Got better as the season went on!)
– plays with the basics, therefore sometimes too methodical, could really use an ‘in-between’ / midrange game, not just drive or shoot the spot-up three, needs to develop a reliable pull-up jump shot

– boxes out, but not a great rebounder
– lacks dribbling creativity, not really flashy as a ballhandler


In order to really shine and make a big step forward in his development, Salumu needs to be more aggressive and decisive as a scorer and improve as a ballhandler, especially in pick and roll situations. The fit at Sakarya seems to be a good one, considering the teams ‘defense-first’ mentality and the overall level of competition. He fits into their defensive system and should be able to maximise his potential next to athletic, multipositional defenders.

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