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.
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: