I'm not the only person hyping him up, either, there's been a lot of love on this forum for him. Seems like the major draft sites are still sleeping, though.
Fran's been hyping him up, however -
As has this exec. -
“That’s a kid I think people are kind of missing on,” a Western Conference executive said. “I’ve watched him intently. Serbian basketball has really taken a hit from a financial standpoint. They’re not playing in front of 20,000 people. But he’s accepted his environment. It can be a harsh place for minorities -- not from a racial type thing.
“It’s just a real different environment. It’s a big city, but it’s a slum city. People don’t smile much. Older people don’t smile because they don’t have anything. The young people think what they see on TV is what comes out of America. It puts a lot of pressure on a kid who’s different from what they think. They’re on a shoestring budget, and he’s produced.”
Said a Southwest Division executive: “he’s off the radar now and starting to gain interest … watched him live in game and practice in Belgrade -- he’s a slasher and runner -- plays inside and out and shoots the three with ease. He’s improved.”
How high do you have him? Mid-1st? Late 1st? 2nd round?
I have him as a late 1st right now - probably higher if I had confidence in him from workouts and the like. I think he has fringe lottery potential. There's question marks based on age/competition level, etc. that push him down a bit for me at the moment, but the potential is definitely there and he's my #1 target for the Bulls in the 2nd round.