Euroleague Review & Future Euro Wing Prospects #1

Paolo Bruno

A look back at the last two weeks of Euroleague competition with just three games to go in the first group stage. Also, we continue our look ahead to Euope's finest youth talent, starting with the wing crop today.


GROUP A

Gameday 6

CSKA Moscow 72 - 60 JSF Nanterre
Best performers:
Sonny Weems - CSKA (7 pts, 4 rebs, 4 assts, 2 stls)
Trenton Meacham - NAN (11 pts, 4 rebs, 3 assts, 1 stl)


Partizan NIS Belgrade 64 - 82 FC Barcelona
Best performers:
Bogdan Bogdanovic - BEL (24 pts, 5 rebs, 1 asst, 1 blk, 4 to)
Kostas Papanikolaou - BAR (8 pts, 5 rebs, 5 assts, 1 stl)


Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 84 - 68 Budivelnik Kiev
Best performers:
Gasper Vidmar - IST (12 pts, 10 rebs)
Dainius Salenga - KIE (16 pts, 3 asst, 1 reb)


Gameday 7

JSF Nanterre 62 - 61 Partizan NIS Belgrade

JSF Nanterre celebrates - EB13

The first half of Euroleague regular season competition was a disappointing one for young Partizan Belgrade with the lowlight being Leo Westermann's season ending ACL injury. After just 1 win out of 6 games, Belgrade looked to face JSF Nanterre in France, the one team they beat in a massive blowout on game day 2. With a win, Partizan could have climbed back into the crucial 4th spot. However, Nanterre edged out a win on last second free throws and is two wins in advantage to Belgrade and Kiev with just three games to go.

Behind strong offense that allowed only 10 second quarter points, Nanterre went into halftime with a 6 point lead. Belgrade looked better out of break, allowing just 12 points themselves and tying the game at 47 with a last second Terrence Kinsey three pointer before the 4th. A three pointer by Bogdan Bogdanovic gave Belgrade the lead which went up to six after just three minutes. A pair of two and three pointers within seconds after a steal closed the gap again and a Will Daniels three put Nanterre ahead. A big three by Bogdanovic and layup by Dragan Milosaljevic gave Belgrade a lead of four with just 2 minutes to go. Will Daniels put Nanterre within 1 with a three again and just one minute of playing time. Belgrade had three opportunities to put the game away, but two turnovers, a missed shot and shooting foul with just five points to go for Trent Meacham doomed Belgrade. Meacham made both free throws, putting Nanterre ahead by one for the final score.

Budivelnik Kiev 74 - 82 CSKA Moscow
Best performers:

Darjus Lavrinovic - KIE (6 pts, 9 rebs, 5 assts, 1 stl)
Kyle Hines - CSKA (18 pts, 6 rebs, 1 asst, 1 stl, 1 blk)


FC Barcelona 94 - 81 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
Best performers:
Kostas Papanikolaou - BAR (18 pts, 6 rebs, 2 assts, 1 stl, 1 blk)
Bo McCalebb - IST (22 pts, 2 rebs, 2 stls, 1 asst)

Standings


W L PTS OPP PTS
ORTG DRTG
Fenerbahce Istanbul 6 1 599 520 121 105
FC Barcelona 5 2 543 495 111 102
CSKA Moscow 5 2 506 471 104 96
JSF Nanterre 3 4 441 479 93 110
Partizan Belgrade 1 6 451 504 98 110,3
Budivelnik Kiev 1 6 502 573 98 112,6


GROUP B

Gameday 6

Strasbourg 83 - 72 Brose Baskets Bamberg

Best performers:
Ricardo Greer - STR (21 pts, 5 asst, 4 rebs, 1 stl)
Sharrod Ford - BAM (8 pts,  5 rebs, 1 blk)

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 77 - 73 Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Best performers:
Keith Langford - MIL (22 pts, 2 rebs, 1 asst)
Dusko Savanovic - AIST (14 pts, 3 asst, 2 rebs, 1 stl)

Real Madrid 95 - 67 Zalgiris Kaunas
Best performers:
Rudy Fernandez - MAD (16 pts, 7 assts, 3 rebs, 1 blk)
Arturas Milaknis - KAU (14 pts, 3 assts, 2 stls, 1 reb)

Gameday 7


Zalgiris Kaunas
73 - 71 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan

At 2 wins and four losses, Kaunas looked to close the gap to the group of Milan and Anadolu Istanbul, gaining seperation from Bamberg who is trying to save itself to the fourth spot. Milan surged back from a 10 point deficit before the fourth but the effort wasn't enough due to Justin Dentmon.

Zalgiris outscored the Italians 43-33 in the 2nd and 2rd quarters combined. Milan was mostly held in the game by the offense of Keith Langford who ended with 29 points on 18 shots. With six minutes to go, Milan was down 12. Six points by David Moss within a minute and a layup by young gun Alessandro Gentile put Milan within 6. But this was followed by a two minute long stretch without any scoring that was broken by Kaunas twice. With just two minutes to go and Kaunas up by ten again, the game seemed over. Keith Langford, however, bombed a three and two free throws consecutively,, followed by a Gentile three and another Langford free throw - all within just one minute. Up by two, Dentmon fouled C.J. Wallace who tied the game with free throws. Dentmon made up for his fouling with a shot that ended the game and gave Kaunas an important win.

Paulius Jankunas - ZAL (6 pts, 11 rebs, 3 stls, 2 blks)
Keith Langford - MIL (29 pts, 6 rebs, 3 assts, 1 stl)

Brose Baskets Bamberg 69 - 89 Real Madrid
Best performers:
Maik Zirbes - BAM (12 pts, 5 rebs, 1 ass)
Rudy Fernandez - MAD (13 pts, 8 assts, 4 stls, 3 rebs, 1 blk)




Anadolu Efes Istanbul 88 - 65 Strasbourg
Best performers:
Jamon Gordon - AIST (18 pts, 7 assts, 5 stls, 1 reb)
Alexis Ajinca - STR (21 pts, 6 rebs, 1 asst)



Standings:


W L PTS
OPP PTS ORTG DRTG
Real Madrid 7 0 646 454 125 87
Anadolu Istanbul 4 3 539 527 105 102
EA7 Milan 4 3 530 535 104 106
Zalgiris Kaunas 3 4 518 548 100 108
Brose Bamberg 2 5 514 593 104 117
Strasbourg 1 6 486 576 97 114


GROUP C

Gameday 6

Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 54 - 52 Montepaschi Siena

At 4-2, Galatasaray looked to beat lowly Siena (just one win so far) to get some breathing room as the group's second best team in front of struggling Bayern Munich and Unicaja Malaga. It was a tough one that went to the last seconds, but Istanbul came out as the winner, sparked by an unstoppable Pops Mensah-Bonsu.

This game was far from beautiful. After three quarters, Istanbul had scored only 40 points compared to Siena's 38. While Siena was shooting miserably inside and couldn't draw fouls (just 33% 2FG% and 4 free throws all game long drawn by PG Daniel Hackett), Istanbul took way too many threes (and hit just 2-19), but got good looks inside and drew at least 10+ free throws. Also, they rebounded terrifically offensively, most noteworthy Mensah-Bonsu who had 8 of Galatasaray's 12 o-boards. The fourth quarter wasn't any better with the teams combining for 28 points. Siena came close, but the Turks always had an answer. Down two, Hackett could have won the game but he missed a three. Ugly win for Istanbul.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu - GIST (16 pts, 16 rebs, 1 blk)
Othello Hunter - SIE (4 pts, 13 rebs, 1 blk)

FC Bayern Munich 71 - 78 Stelmet Zielona Gora
Best performers:
Nihad Djedovic - MUN (17 pts, 3 assts, 2 rebs, 1 blk)
Vladimir Drageicevic - GOR (19 pts, 11 rebs, 2 stls, 2 blks, 1 asst)



Unicaja Malaga 74 - 82 Olympiacos Piraeus

Best performers:
Earl Calloway - MAL (10 pts, 5 assts, 3 rebs, 1 stl)
Vassilis Spanoulis - PIR (21 pts, 4 assts, 1 reb, 5 to)

Gameday 7


Stelmet Zielona Gora 67 - 84 Unicaja Malaga

Best performers:
Vladimir Dragicevic - GOR (13 pts, 6 rebs, 2 blks, 1 stl)
Nik Caner-Medley - MAL (18 pts, 6 rebs, 4 stls, 3 blks, 1 asst)



Olympiacos Piraeus
72 - 54 Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
Best performers:
Bryant Dunston - PIR (18 pts, 5 rebs, 1 asst)
Furkan Aldemir - GIST (10 pts, 7 rebs, 1 asst, 1 blk)




Montepaschi Siena
71 - 62 FC Bayern Munich
Best performers:
Daniel Hackett - SIE (15 pts, 10 assts to 1 to, 4 rebs, 1 stl)
John Bryant - MUN (12 pts, 11 rebs, 1 asst, 1 stl)


W L POINTS+ POINTS- ORTG DRTG
Olympiacos Piraeus 7 0 538 478 108 96
Galatasaray Istanbul 4 3 478 510 101 110
Unicaja Malaga 3 4 545 500 111 102
FC Bayern Munich 3 4 555 541 109 106
Montepaschi Siena 2 5 479 505 101 105
Stelmet Zielona Gora 2 5 511 572 103 115

GROUP D

Gameday 6

Panathinaikos Athens 80 - 72 Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
Best performers:
Jams Gist - PAO (24 pts, 6 rebs, 5 stls, 3 blks)
Martynas Gecevicius - VIL (17 pts, 2 rebs, 1 asst)




Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
65 - 70 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
Best performers:
Shawn James - TEL (16 pts, 6 rebs, 4 blks, 2 assts, 2 stls)
Milko Bjelica - VIT (11 pts, 10 rebs, 3 assts, 1 blk)



Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 79 - 72 Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
Best performers:
Mantas Kalnietis - KRA (9 pts, 6 assts, 2 rebs, 2 stls)
Marko Simonovic - BEL (12 pts, 2 assts, 1 reb)



Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 79 - 77 Panathinaikos Athens

PAO and Vitoria were tied at 3-3 before his game. With Crvena surprisingly with 2 wins already, both teams looked to shake off the Serbian trailer in the hunt for the playoffs.

Laboral started the game furiously with three consecutive three point bombs for a 9-0 lead. PAO tried to do what it could to make Vitoria go cold and while scoring a respectable 19 points in the first quarter, Vitoria scored 34 on 7 (!!! three pointers in the first 10 minutes. Holy cow. Athens cut the lead to 11 before the break and finally found tools to stop Vitoria. While scoring 56 points in the first half, Vitoria only scored 24 in the second. Pao came back massively, finding its own offense and cutting the lead to three before the 4th quarter. With five minutes to go, Thomas Heurtel hit another three for a decent nine point lead. Athens rallied again with threes from Diamantidis and a layup by Jonas Macilius. At 77-74, Roko Ukic had an unfortunate stretch for the guests, missing a lay-up and three pointer. After a longer scoring drought, Milko Bjelica hit free throws and a three by Antonios Fotsis came to late. Vitoria wins a thriller.
Milko Bjelica - VIT (17 pts, 6 rebs, 2 assts)
Jonas Macilius - ATH (19 pts, 8 rebs, 4 stls, 1 asst)



Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
53 - 84 Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
Best performers:
Renaldas Seibutis - VIL (15 pts, 5 rebs, 3 assts)
Derrick Brown - KRA (20 pts, 8 rebs, 2 assts, 2 stls, 1 blk)



Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 76 - 78 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
Best performers:
Ivan Radenovic - BEL (12 pts, 2 rebs, 1 asst)
Sofoklis Schortsanitis - TEL (22 pts, 3 rebs, 1 asst)

Standings:


W L POINTS+ POINTS- ORTG DRTG
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 5 1 449 435 105 99
Maccabi Tel Aviv 4 2 465 436 108 101
Panathinaikos Athens 3 3 485 463 110 106
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 3 3 460 462 112 108
Crvena Zvezda Belgrade 2 4 485 492 108 113
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 1 5 424 480 96 114

Best Campaign Watch




ADVANCED PER GAME SHOOTING PER 28
Player Team Age eFG% TS% PPP FTR ORB% DRB% AST% TOV% STL% BLK% USG% MIN PTS ORB DRB AST TOV STL BLK FGA
RIM
FGA
2
FGA
3
FTA FG%
RIM
FG%
2
FG%
3
FT% ASD%
RIM
ASD%
2
ASD%
3
Nikola Mirotic Real Madrid 22 78,6 80,9 1,46 33,9 12,5 17,0 8,7 2,3 3,0 4,2 21,5 23,1 15,0 2,1 3,3 1,3 1,0 1,3 1,0 2,7 3,3 3,3 3,2 75,0 55,0 70,0 89,5 33,3 54,5 92,9
Bojan Bogdanovic Fenerbahce Istanbul 24 59,9 63,6 1,19 24,2 1,7 5,9 9,6 1,8 1,5 1,2 23,7 31,7 18,4 0,4 1,7 1,9 1,0 0,9 0,4 4,6 3,0 3,9 2,8 61,1 54,2 41,9 90,9 59,1 7,7 84,6
Keith Langford EA7 Milan 30 52,8 58,7 1,03 48,9 3,3 14,0 20,9 3,8 0,8 0,0 28,0 31,0 18,6 0,9 3,4 3,3 2,1 0,4 0,0 3,3 3,1 4,9 5,5 53,8 44,0 38,5 79,5 21,4 18,2 53,3
Derrick Brown Lokomotiv Kuban 26 63,6 66,8 1,19 36,4 5,1 17,4 12,2 2,7 1,7 3,3 21,4 27,2 14,3 1,2 4,3 1,7 1,3 0,8 1,2 4,3 4,5 0,3 3,3 76,9 44,4 100,0 80,0 70,0 91,7 100,0
Ante Tomic FC Barcelona 26 62,1 63,5 1,11 41,4 11,9 16,2 22,1 3,6 1,1 2,8 24,7 22,3 12,6 2,4 3,3 2,4 1,4 0,4 0,7 7,8 2,7 0,0 4,3 74,4 26,7 0,0 66,7 62,5 25,0 0,0

U-23 Best Campaign Watch




PER GAME SHOOTING PER 28
Player Team Age eFG% TS% PPP FTR ORB% DRB% AST% TOV% STL% BLK% USG% MIN PTS ORB DRB AST TOV STL BLK FGA
RIM
FGA
2
FGA
3
FTA FG%
RIM
FG%
2
FG%
3
FT% ASD%
RIM
ASD%
2
ASD%
3
Joffrey Lauvergne Partizan Belgrade 22 47,8 53,7 0,85 50,0 9,9 28,2 9,4 3,8 0,3 1,9 15,2 33,7 8,7 2,9 7,9 1,6 2,1 0,1 0,6 3,3 1,3 1,3 2,9 57,7 40,0 20,0 73,9 13,3 50,0 100,0
Nicolo Melli EA7 Milan 22 54,7 58,8 1,02 18,6 10,9 21,9 7,9 2,3 2,6 3,7 15,4 23,6 7,9 2,3 4,7 1,0 1,0 1,1 1,0 2,8 2,3 2,0 1,3 82,4 35,7 25,0 100,0 21,4 40,0 100,0
Alessandro Gentile EA7 Milan 21 51,4 53,7 0,88 26,0 3,1 8,9 20,4 5,2 1,7 0,9 25,4 27,1 12,6 0,7 2,0 2,9 2,6 0,9 0,3 4,5 3,1 3,1 2,8 61,3 38,1 33,3 68,4 10,5 12,5 57,1
Bogdan Bogdanovic Partizan Belgrade 21 48,1 51,7 0,90 25,9 4,6 9,2 15,3 4,5 3,6 1,8 28,4 27,0 13,4 1,0 2,0 1,9 2,0 1,6 0,4 3,4 3,2 6,5 3,4 28,6 45,0 40,0 76,2 0,0 11,1 81,3
Kenan Sipahi Fenerbahce Istanbul 18 65,8 66,5 1,27 31,6 0,0 6,7 14,3 0,5 2,9 0,8 9,6 16,7 4,1 0,0 0,9 1,7 0,1 0,9 0,1 1,7 1,7 1,2 1,5 71,4 42,9 60,0 66,7 20,0 0,0 66,7

EUROPEAN WING PROSPECTS #5-9

http://doznajemo.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Vrabac-Adin-1.jpg 9. Adin Vrabac (Spars Sarajevo)

6'8" - born in 1994 - Bosnia
Small Forward

The Bosnian possesses an interesting potential skillset. At 6'8" with great wingspan and athleticism, he's really more a playmaking wing than a power forward. He is somewhat of a late bloomer, breaking onto the scene after a strong showing at the U18 Euro championship with 15.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 asstsand 1.4 steals per game. However, it was just the B-Division championship and Vrabac was was one of the oldest players in attendence. He already competed in the U18 B-Division championship two years prior and didn't see much playing time.

Vrabac is playing his first pro season for OKK Spars Sarajevo in the first division of Bosnia and is looking decent so far on a very young team for which he handles the ball a lot. He's averaging 11 pots, 3 rebounds and 3 assists on good shooting, but is also turning the ball over a lot. Last weekend, he handed out seven assists without a turnover in a win.

There are still significant red flags concerning him. He's a late bloomer with a great track record at the youth tournaments, he's unproven at the pro level and way too thin to even think about the NBA. He's just about to turn twenty though and should make the leap to a better team soon.

http://www.kartalsozluk.com/gorsel/i/b/11/okben_ulubay-gidiyorum%20bu-101120132182thvsiv.jpg 8. Oken Ulubay (Anadolu fes Istanbul)

6'7" - born in 1996 - Turkey
Small Forward

Okben's monster performance in Turkey's second division

Turkish basketball has not been spoiled with success internationally despite having great individual talent. Well, with talents Kenan Sipahi (profiled him last week) and Okben Ulubay, Turkey should be in competition the upcoming years too. As a potential volume scorer, Ulubay could be a a nice complement to pass-first pure point Sepahi.

Okben has played U16 and U18 A division championships ahead of his age group and despite not burning the house down, especially not as a scorer, he's been impressive and led Turkey to the gold medal, even being named MVP I think. Great results and all, but as so often in Turkish basketball, Okben (and his twin brother who is a big prospect too, yet not that big) who was considered born in '97 was found of falsifying his age - he was actually born in '96.

Even though he's not that godlike 15 year old figure people thought he was, he's still pretty damn good for a 16 year old. This is evidenced in his playing time and stats. He's currently playing for Anadolu Efes' second team in Turkey's 2nd division where he gets 30 minutes a night. He's had big time problems as a ballhandler so far, turning the ball over almost 4.5 times a game, but is producing well in the rebounds and steals column, but he's shown his potential to be a big time scorer. After a few underwhelming scoring outputs early this season, Okben scored 38 points on 20 shots, had 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals against Ankara (8-10 threes!!! - that would be just mid-range in the NBA though). In eight games, he's scored in double figures three times so far. Still very young, some bad vibe from the shabazzing of his age and not much of a track record yet, but he's definately a prospect to watch in the coming years.

http://c453100.r0.cf2.rackcdn.com/Eurocamp_DanielDiez_STILL.png 7. Daniel Diez (Real Madrid)

6'8" - born in 1993 - Spain
Small Forward

Daniel Diez U20 All-Tournament Team highlights

At 6'8, Diez would likely be more Power then Small Forward but has developed his game on the wing well to not be doomed as an undersized big. Throughout his career with the Spanish youth squads, Diez has improved his scoring numbers and options. While scoring 'just' 12.2 points (with 10.4 rebounds) at the U18 tourney in 2011, Diez led all scorers at this year's U20 tourney with 18.7 points and 8.8 rebounds.

As a teen, Diez played mostly for Madrid's second team where he was one of the key guys. In 2011, Diez scored 16.9 pts and grabbed 5.4 rebounds (2.4 offensive) per game. To gain further experience albeit in a smaller role, Madrid loaned him to Lago Aro Gipuzkoa of the ACB in 2012. Danny D appeared in 31 games in which he logged 360 minutes in total. Diez has been somewhat of a streak shooter, shooting just 27% on 41 threes last year. In 2012, for Reall II, he shot 36% on a much larger sample size which shows that he has the talent to make shots.

This year, Diez is back with Real and playing for the senior team alongside guys like Nikola Mirotic and Rudy Fernandez. He has a similar role as with Gipuzkoa, seeing about a fourth of a game's playing time. At the age of 20, Diez is not the youngest prospect, but with the experience and tools he has, he still has enough time to improve his perimeter play to a point where NBA teams become intrigued. He possesses nice IQ and is tough to hold off the boards for his size and age but needs to stabilize his shooting and show improved passing mechanis before he fills the criteria for an NBA tweener.

Daniel Diez PER GAME PER 30
Gms 2FG% 3FG% FT% eFG% TS% MIN PTS OREB REB ASST STL BLK TO 2FGA 3FGA FTA PTS OREB REB ASST STL BLK TO
2013 Gipuzkoa ESP 31 56,5% 26,8% 56,0% 39% 51% 11 3,8 0,6 1,6 0,1 0,3 0,0 0,3 5,1 3,4 2,1 10,4 1,6 4,4 0,3 0,8 0,0 0,8

http://www.15min.lt/images/photos/616210/big/pusfinalio-akimirka-502fd8b3899c8.jpg 6. Marius Grigonis (Pensa Huesca)

6'6" - born in 1994 - Lithuania
Point Forward/Shooting Guard

Marius Grigonis 2013 U19 Championship highlights

Marius Grigonis is another ball-dominant forward with great size. He broke into the scene in 2012 with solid performances at the national level with Zalgiris' second team and internationally at the U18 championship.

With his minutes rising significantly that year, Grigonis didn't disappoint and scored efficiently in league play. Grigonis scored 10 pts per game in 46 games (1000+ season minutes), shooting 33% on 124 threes and 79% on free throws. However, he is most dangerous with his drive. He converted 58% of his 2PT shots and assisted 2.2 assists per game. 2013 was a great year for the Lithuanian who showed improvement on many fronts. While playing similar minutes as the year before, Marius scored 13.9 points per game on terrific shooting (42% on 167 3PA & 86% on 123 FTA). Furthermore, the point forward improved his vision, handing out almost one assists per game more than in 2012 with no increase in turnovers.

Despite his stellar progression, Grigonis couldn't make Zalgiris pro roster that already features a few young prospects like Tomas Dimsa and Cizenis Vytauskas. Thus, Grigonis moved to Spain to play for 2nd division team Pensas Huesca. He's their 2nd leading scorer at 12.1 pts on great early shooting (48.5% on 33 3PA & 92% on 14 FTA). He's still struggling with turnovers, hasn't found a way to draw free throws consistently and is adjusting to playing off the ball more, but the way his play has transferred to the tougher second Spanish league is encouraging for Marius. He has some slick moves offensively.

Marius Grigonis PER GAME PER 30
Gms 2FG% 3FG% FT% eFG% TS% MIN PTS OREB REB ASST STL BLK TO 2FGA 3FGA FTA PTS OREB REB ASST STL BLK TO
2013 Zalgiris II LTH 2 38 53,8% 41,9% 86,2% 58% 0,63 28,6 13,9 1,0 4,9 3,0 1,2 0,1 2,1 5,5 4,6 3,4 14,6 1,0 5,1 3,1 1,3 0,1 2,2
2012 Zalgiris II LTH 2 46 58,7% 33,1% 79,2% 58% 0,63 23,3 11 0,7 3,6 2,2 0,9 0,1 2 6,1 3,5 3,6 13,5 0,9 4,6 2,8 1,2 0,1 2,7

5. Nedim Buza (Spars Sarajevo)http://www.muskiportal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Nedim-Buza.jpg

6'8" - born in 1995 - Bosnia
Small Forward

31 points against Unicaja Malaga youth at NIKE Invitational Tourney

Our second Bosnian from Spars Sarajajevo and just as hard to project. At the age of 18 (won't turn 1 before May 2014) it's too early to say what kind of upside he has, but the amount of tools he flashes in his big body at that early stage is remarkable.

Unlike Vrabac, Buza has been showing his potential early on and consistent. At the U16 B division championship in 2011, Buza presented himself as a player who was struggling with shooting (21% 3P, 54%FT), but who drew tons of fouls and could fill the statsheet. Through eight games, Buza had 16.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks. Buza confirmed his talent the next year as a relatively young player at the U18-division championship. Here, he scored 16 points in 30 minutes, grabbed 5 rebounds with 2.5 assists and 1.9 steals. His three point shooting was still off but at least, he stabilized his free throw shooting (20-25).

Now, Nedim is playing his first pro season along the other Bosnian hopeful, Adin Vrabach.The youngster is looking terrific so far, scoring 6.6 points in 15 minutes of play. Furthermore, his A+S+B numbers keep looking very promising. In his best game of the young season, Buza scored 16 points on a disappointing 15 shots, but also grabbed 8 rebounds, had 5 assists to just 1 turnover, blocked 2 shots and stole the ball once. He's basically a better version of Vrabach and has similar weaknesses, needs to bulk up significantly too. Should join a better club soon as well.

I have to say that all of those guys underwhelm me a. Buza has a shot to become something special I guess. Well look at 3.5 serious talents next week.

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