Keye Van Der Vuurst De Vries, Scouting: next playmaker up (Eng)

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Keye Van Der Vuurst De Vries

We’re more than happy to have on Backdoor Podcast staff MaceoBaller, huge expert of european basketball, in particular regarding youth player. He’s a super skilled in scouting players and star collaboration with backdoor Podcast with a complete analysis of Keye Van Der Vuurst De Vries, one of the most intriguing young player in Europe. This is his complete overview.

Hometown: Rijswijk, Netherlands / DOB: 12.29 2001 / 6’3 – 188lbs / Zunder Palencia – Liga Endesa

Stat-line: 10.3pts, 5.5as, 2.2rbs / 42.1FG%, 35.7 3P%, 82.1FT% / 1.96 A:TO ratio / 22.32min in 22GP

ROLE – BANKABLE SKILL: Floor General – Ball Screen Playmaking + Vision

SWING SKILL: Defense   D MATCHUP: 1 and 2 to some degree

The road to the EuroBasket 2025 begins this week with the first qualifying games of the cycle, and at the Backdoorpodcast we would like to bring to your attention one of the most intriguing young guys to suit up for his country in this FIBA window. We are talking about the 22yo Netherlands international Keye van der Vuurst de Vries, who ranks among the top 5 passers in the Spanish Liga Endesa and is responsible for 14.4 assisted points per night.

Raised among pros and a member of his National Team senior set-up since a very young age, van der Vuurst landed a contract with Zunder Palencia over the summer after solid performances in the BNXT League with the Belgian club BC Oostende. Initially he was supposed to be a second-unit playmaker joining the Dutch Armada (Yannick Franke, Matt Haarms) for the Liga Endesa newcomers, but a combination of bad results, roster turnover and coaching changes has given Keye the necessary playing-time to exceed the early expectations placed on him.

How does a high-usage ‘rookie’ point-guard in the toughest domestic league in Europe turn into a full-time starter and main initiator in only half a season? Sit tight as we dive on van der Vuurst profile and strengths, in particular the gift to make those around him better players on the offensive end.

 

PHYSICALS

Standing at 6’3, Keye van der Vuurst de Vries is well equipped to play both guard spots in offense, although he’s better suited to guard ones on the defensive end. He’s got a nice foundation in terms of size and frame, but there’s an obvious need to hit the gym to improve muscle and core strength. This becomes even more significant when you realize the Dutchman is not an elite athlete by any means. In fact, he rarely plays above the rim or gets to the rack in traffic, and his average length (wingspan N/A) doesn’t help on that regard.

However, van der Vuurst is quick and skilled, always plays with his head up scanning the floor, and has an exciting mix of ambidextrous handles, ball fakes and crossover game that can beat the first man and makes up for his lack of explosion and agility in the lane. There’s also a tendency to play hunched over the ball, so he can hold onto the rock with his low centre of gravity and counter traps, digs and aggressive point-of-attack matchups.

When you put everything in perspective, and given Keye’s youth and creative mind set, it’s safe to say van der Vuurst de Vries has ways to go to reach his full player potential, even more so regarding his physical upside and approach.