Guerschon Yabusele Biography
Guerschon Yabusele is a French professional basketball player who plays for the Boston Celtics of the NBA. In 2016, he was considered one of the best international prospects for the NBA draft. The Boston Celtics drafted him with the 16th overall pick.
Guerschon Yabusele Age
Yabusele Guerschon was born on 17 December in Dreux, France. He is 23 years old as of 2018.
Guerschon Yabusele Family
Not much is known about the French basketball player only that his family immigrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo and settled in France. When he was young, he trained as a boxer, a passion that originates from his father who was a professional boxer. His father even served as Yabusele’s trainer.
He has three siblings: a brother and two sisters. As stated earlier, there is not much that is known about his family members hence his mother is not quite known. Yabusele is also known by his nickname “The Dancing Bear” or “Dabusele”.
Guerschon Yabusele Girlfriend
The dancing bear was seen at the airport with a lady that is reportedly his girlfriend when he left Shanghai Bilibili Sharks team on March 8, 2017 in Shanghai, China.
Guerschon Yabusele Celtics
In 2013, Yabusele joined the official Roanne team of the LNB Pro B and finished the season with 8 appearances averaging 1.5 points per game. He remained with the team for the next season, after which he averaged six points, four rebounds, and 1.7 assists.
In the summer of 2015, Yabusele began playing in the LNB Pro A, the top league in France after signing with Rouen Métropole Basket. He made the decision to help his NBA draft stock.
He wound up being one of 13 international underclassmen (and one of four different Frenchmen) to officially enter their names for the 2016 NBA Draft. He was then projected to be either a late first round or early second round selection, but surprised many by going 16th overall in the draft. For the 2016 NBA Summer League, Yabusele joined the Boston Celtics.
On July 21, 2016, it was announced that Yabusele would sign a deal with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association which he did and played for the team. In 43 games for the Sharks, he averaged 20.9 points and 9.4 rebounds.
He got to be named a CBA All-Star for the production he laid out for the Sharks. In March 2017, he left the team and signed with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League on March 29, 2017.
Yabusele Boston Celtics
The young French professional signed with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association on July 20, 2017. He made his debut for the team on October 20, finishing with a statline of 3 points and 1 rebound in just 3 minutes of action in a 102–92 win against the Philadelphia 76ers. He received multiple assignments to the Maine Red Claws during his rookie season.
Guerschon Yabusele Weight
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 260 lb (118 kg)
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Guerschon Yabusele Highlights
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Strengths: Modern face up power forward… Tremendous wingspan (measured at 7-1 feet) … Very good athlete with strong upper body and quick feet that help him make plays on both ends of the floor … Has improved his body and has shed some baby fat he had… Plays with a lot of passion … His body and shoulders suggest that he can add muscle in the future …
He is really mobile for his size … Very good soft hands … Runs the floor extremely well for a big and is great in transition, with strong finishes at the basket … Always fights to establish good deep position … Moves well without the ball and he is a great slasher …
Has shown the ability to turn to both shoulders when he is with his back on the basket… He already has some moves in the post with a lot of pump fakes … Improving shooter from the perimeter, going all the way to 3-point line … Can attack closeouts because possesses a good first step … Has improved on pick and roll situations as the screener …
Already a threat on pick and pop situations as the screener … If he continues working he can become a prototypical Stretch-4 … Very good passer with good court vision… Can be the passer on High-Low situations … Relentless rebounder, especially on the offensive end of the floor…
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Willing defender… Has good low stance and really active hands, plus anticiption that help him make a lot of steals … His ability to cover ground quickly helps him when he defends pick and pop … If he continues working, his body structure and low center of gravity can help him become a good low post defender in the future … His defense off the ball is really good …
Good weakside defender, with ability to challenge shots – and even make some blocks – thanks to his good jumping ability on two feet… Triming/toning down his body some would likely increase his speed and athleticism …
Weaknesses: Despite his great length, at 6-8 he is viewed as being undersized as a power forward for the NBA level … He is still pretty raw in most aspects of the game … Hasn’t really be tested against elite competition yet, so it remains to be seen how his game will translate at the next level …
Feel for the game is a question mark … Must continue working on his body and hit the gym to be able to become even stronger… Body type suggests that he may have to work hard in order to not become overweight … At times he needs time to gather before jumping which can hurt him at the next level … Second jump isn’t as good as his first … Drives almost exclusively on straight lines and, at the moment, he really favors going right …
His post game remains a work in progress and the same applies for his footwork with his back to the basket … He has shown the ability to turn over both shoulders, but he really prefers to turn on his left shoulder … Has really improved as a shooter, but he still lacks consistency from the 3-point line … At times he changes his release when opponents close out on him, with his shooting hand going a little bit to the right …
His ball handling, especially his left hand, needs work … He sometimes sets screens at the wrong angles and doesn’t always roll hard to the basket … He really prefers to pop out rather than roll to the basket after he sets a screen, which is something that defenses usually read easily, but this can improve through time and experience … Lateral quickness is an issue on defense, since quick players can beat him off the dribble …
Post defense needs improvement … Pick and pop defense is average at the moment … His high energy game and willingness to defend are used against him by more experienced players who can draw fouls from him … Has the tendency to gamble on defense, looking for the steal …
Outlook: Many in France believe he can become a Draymond Green type of versatile forward in the future … Speaks English fluently … His strong finish to the season (had a streak of four 20+ point games) has him on the bubble as a first round pick … Played for one of France’s Pro-A teams Rouen, who suffered through a difficult season, finishing among the bottom few teams in the league … Worked out in Los Angeles against Vanderbilt bigman Damain Jones in late May …
Notes: Measured in the Summer of 2015 at 6’7″ without shoes, 7’1.5″ wingspan and 8’9″ standing reach… Turned a lot of heads with his performances in the 2015 Eurocamp … Played in Pro B until season 2014/15, which means that season 2015/16 was actually his first in Pro A… Signed a 3 year contract with Rouen in 2015… His favorite player is Draymond Green…