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Jun
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Better know a Euro – Alessandro Gentile

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With the 2014 NBA Draft taking place on Thursday, we’re providing quick refreshers on each of the European players hoping to hear their names called. Next up is Alessandro Gentile.

Alessandro Gentile
Position: SG/SF
Draft Express Rank: 61
Draft Express Projection: Undrafted
Nationality: Italy
Club: Olimpia Milano
Season: Quarter finals of Euroleague, currently in Italian league finals with Milano.
Notable personal honours: 2011 Italian league best player under 22

Bear in mind: Gentile logged heavy minutes in Euroleague this year for a Milano team that over-achieved. Psychologically he’s ready for the NBA, whether his game is up to it is another question.

So how good is he? Well he was plenty impressive at EuroBasket:

Jun
0

Better know a Euro – Ioannis Papapetrou

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With the 2014 NBA Draft taking place on Thursday we’re giving you a quick refresher on each of the Europeans hoping to hear their names called. Next up, Ioannis Papapetrou.

Ioannis Papapetrou
Position:SF
Draft Express Rank: 56
Draft Express Projection: 57 to Indiana Pacers.
Nationality: Greece
Club: Olympiacos Piraues
Season: Runners up in Greek league and Cup, went out of Euroleague at the quarter final stage, won the FIBA Intercontinental Cup.
Notable personal honours: N/A

Bear in mind: Papapetrou isn’t going anywhere for at least the next two seasons and that’s probably best for his development. At Olympiacos he’ll get plenty of experience against top class opposition. Essentially he could enter the NBA around the same time as if he had stayed the full four years at Texas only with three seasons against a higher class of opponent.

So how good is he? Here’s his highlights from Adidas EuroCamp:

Jun
0

Better know a Euro – Nemanja Dangubic

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With the 2014 NBA Draft taking place on Thursday, we’re providing quick refreshers on each of the European players hoping to hear their names called. Next up Nemanja Dangubic.

Nemanja Dangubic
Position: SG
Draft Express Rank: 75
Draft Express Projection: 53 to Minnesota Timberwolves.
Nationality: Serbia
Club: Mega Vizura (their third prospect for those keeping count)
Season: Finished 8th in ABA Liga with Mega Vizura,, reached the final of the Serbian Cup, lost in Serbian League semi finals to Crvena Zvezda.
Notable personal honours: Top scorer at Adidas EuroCamp game.

Bear in mind: The last of four Serbians hoping to get drafted, this could be the largest class of Serbs ever drafted. Dangubic trails his countrymen significantly in prospects but will be working with one of the more multinational franchises in the NBA if he goes as projected to the Wolves.

So how good is he? Here’s his highlights from Adidas EuroCamp:

Jun
0

Better know a Euro – Nikola Jokic

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With the 2014 NBA Draft taking place on Thursday we’re providing you with quick refreshers on all of the Europeans hoping to hear their names called on draft day. Next up, Nikola Jokic.

Nikola Jokic
Position: C
Draft Express Rank: 43
Draft Express Projection: 43 to Atlanta Hawks.
Nationality: Serbia
Club: Mega Vizura
Season: Finished 8th in ABA Liga with Mega Vizura,, reached the final of the Serbian Cup, lost in Serbian League semi finals to Crvena Zvezda.
Notable personal honours: Belgrade NIJT All-Tournament team 2013.

Bear in mind: If everything goes to Jonathan Givony’s projections the Hawks will be loaded with European centres on their books, with Nurkic tipped to be called in the first round and Pero Antic already in town. There’s a more than likely chance this scenario doesn’t present itself but either way, don’t be surprised if Jokic stays in Europe for the next while.

So how good is he? Here are his highlights from the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit:

Jun
0

Better know a Euro – Thanasis Antetokounmpo

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With the 2014 NBA Draft taking place on Thursday, we’re giving you a refresher on every European hoping to hear their name called. Next up, Thanasis Antetokounmpo.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Position: SG/SF
Draft Express Rank: 57
Draft Express Projection: 41st to Denver Nuggets.
Nationality: Greece
Club: Delaware 87ers (D-League)
Season: Finished last in the East Division of the D-League.
Notable personal honours: D-League All-Defensive third team 2013/2014

Bear in mind: As his younger brother Giannis managed to catch everyone off guard with his highlight reel laden rookie season in the NBA, Thansasis has big foot steps to follow. On the upside, scouts have a better idea of the Greek’s game purely because he came on their radar sooner. That could help ease the transition if and when he moves.

So how good is he? Here’s the DraftExpress take:

Jun
0

Better know a Euro – Vasilije Micic

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With the 2014 NBA Draft taking place on Thursday, we’re providing refreshers on all the European playerss hoping to hear their names called. Next up, Vasilije Micic.

Vasilije Micic
Position: PG
Draft Express Rank: 36
Draft Express Projection: 39 to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Nationality: Serbia
Club: Mega Vizura
Season: Finished 8th in ABA Liga with Mega Vizura,, reached the final of the Serbian Cup, lost in Serbian League semi finals to Crvena Zvezda.
Notable personal honours: All-tournament team at 2013 FIBA Under 19 World Championships.

Bear in mind: Despite his relative youth, Micic has four seasons of pro hoops under his belt. That will give him some serious maturity for a 20 year old.

So how good is he? Here are his highlights from the Adidas EuroCamp:

Jun
0

Better know a Euro – Artem Klimenko

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With the 2014 NBA Draft taking place on Thursday, we’re providing you with refreshers on all of the European prospects hoping to hear their names called. Next up, Artem Klimenko.

Artem Klimenko
Position: C
Draft Express Rank: 38
Draft Express Projection: 37 to Toronto Raptors.
Nationality: Russia
Club: Avtodor Saratov
Season: Won the Russian Superleague with Avtodor (for non-European readers this is the second tier for Russian clubs after the VTB League)
Notable personal honours: Defensive MVP of 2012 Adidas EuroCamp

Bear in mind: Klimenko lacks the beef of Nurkic but won’t be expected to contribute to the same degree so soon. If the Russian goes to Toronto, he’s going to have time to develop and potentially fill out.

So how good is he? Here’s the DraftExpress take:

Jun
1

Better know a Euro – Bogdan Bogdanovic

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With the 2014 NBA Draft taking place on Thursday, we’re giving you a refresher on all of the Europeans hoping to hear their names called. Next up, it’s Bogdan Bogdanovic.

Bogdan Bogdanovic
Position: SG
Draft Express Rank: 30
Draft Express Projection: 35 to the Utah Jazz.
Nationality: Serbia
Club: Partizan
Season: Won the Serbian league with Partizan, made the Top 16 of Euroleague but went down at the semi final stage of ABA Liga.
Notable personal honours: Euroleague Rising Star 2014, Serbian League Finals MVP 2014.

Bear in mind: We failed miserably in our attempts to get people to buy into the idea of him and Bojan Bogdanovic starring in a detective show called Bogdanovic and Bogdanovic. On a more serious note, dude can score and he knows it. He won’t be afraid to pull the trigger early and often in the bigs.

So how good is he? Here’s the DraftExpress take:

Jun
0

Better know a Euro – Jusuf Nurkic

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With the 2014 NBA Draft taking place on Thursday, BallinEurope has a refresher on each of the European prospects hoping to be drafted. Next up it’s Croatian league winner and a man destined to be compared to Dario Saric for at least the next three days, Jusuf Nurkic.

Jusuf Nurkic
Position: C
Draft Express Rank: 11
Draft Express Projection: 15 to Atlanta Hawks.
Nationality: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Club: Cedevita Zagreb
Season: Won Croatian league and Cup double.
Notable personal honours: 2012 European Under 18 B MVP, 10th in PIR for ABA Liga in 2013/14.

Bear in mind: Nurkic is big, really big, for a 19 year old. That size carried him well through the ABA season and should put him in good stead to adapt to the NBA game. The fear is he encounters the type of foul trouble Jonas Valanciunas suffered early but, like the Lithuanian, he should have the talent to adapt.

So how good is he? Here’s the DraftExpress take:

Jun
0

Better know a Euro – Dario Saric

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With the 2014 NBA Draft taking place on Thursday, BallinEurope has a refresher on each of the European prospects hoping to be drafted. First up it’s ABA Liga winner and new Anadolu Efes signing Dario Saric.

Dario Saric
Position: PF
Draft Express Rank: 8
Draft Express Projection: 17 to Boston Celtics.
EDIT: Prior to last night Saric was tipped to go 11 to the Nuggets but his plan to stay in Europe has dropped him down the rankings.
Nationality: Croatia
Club: Anadolu Efes…as of today having spent the past season with Cibona Zagreb.
Season: Won ABA Liga with Cibona, lost the Croatian League finals to Cedevita.
Notable personal honours: European young player of the year 2013, ABA Liga season and finals MVP 2014, 2010 FIBA Europe Under 16 Championships MVP, NIJT MVP 2011, 2012 FIBA Europe Under 18 Championships MVP, 2013 FIBA World Under 19 Championships All Tournament team.

Bear in mind: Saric has signed with Anadolu Efes, one of a string of big signings with the Istanbul club this summer. Even if Saric goes in the lottery, which looks likely, he probably won’t step onto a NBA court until 2016 at the earliest.

So how good is he? Here’s the DraftExpress take: