NBA offseason winners and losers; EuroBasket stars who can join NBA

HoopsHype’s winners and losers of the 2022 NBA offseason and potential overseas players to monitor following the EuroBasket tournament.

HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto, Yossi Gozlan, and Dionysis Aravantinos discuss the winners and losers of the 2022 NBA offseason and react to the end of the EuroBasket Tournament with potential overseas players to monitor on the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast.

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DJ Strawberry advice to young players overseas: ‘Set the bar of the NBA and go from there’

In a conversation ranging from his father to guarding LeBron James, DJ Strawberry gets in-depth before the BAL playoffs.

Ahead of the quarterfinals in the Basketball Africa League (BAL) playoffs, one-time NBA guard DJ Strawberry spoke with HoopsHype after a recent practice with Zamalek.

Zamalek SC is looking to defend its title at Kigali Arena in Rwanda. The White Knights previously won all five conference games at home in Cairo this season, and just blew out the Seydou Legacy Athlétique Club in the quarterfinals.

Will Euro Free Agency become a trend in the NBA?

Will EuroLeague free agents continue to sign with NBA teams at the end of the regular season going forward? NBA executives answer.

During the NBA calendar, we’ve seen free agency in the offseason and the buyout market after the trade deadline, but a notable wave of free agency with European imports has emerged just over a month before the end of the regular season.

In that span, we saw four players make the jump from the EuroLeague to the NBA: Gabriel Deck, Mike James, Luca Vildoza, and Elijah Bryant. 

HoopsHype polled eight executives, three scouts, a EuroLeague executive, and an agent who negotiated a deal for a EuroLeague player who made the jump to the NBA. The reviews were mixed as to whether EuroLeague talent bolting for the NBA at the end of the season will become a long-term trend based on several factors, including the NBA’s current schedule. However, there was a strong consensus that a EuroLeague star such as Nikola Mirotic or someone on his level won’t make the NBA jump mid-season. Below is a look at the feedback from those polled.

This is the full roster for Team USA at 2021 FIBA Americup Qualifiers

USA Basketball announced its roster for the upcoming 2021 FIBA Americup Qualifiers. Joe Johnson and Isaiah Thomas are the two biggest names.

USA Basketball announced its roster for the upcoming 2021 FIBA Americup Qualifiers. Joe Johnson and Isaiah Thomas are the two biggest names.

The qualifiers will feature sixteen countries from North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America all competing to earn a spot in the 2022 FIBA Americup.

Johnson and Thoms are two of the five players on this roster who have experience on an NBA roster. Meanwhile, seven players on this team have already played for Team USA in some capacity before this tournament.

Led by head coach Joe Prunty, Team USA begins training in San Juan, Puerto Rico later this month. They will face Bahamas (Feb. 19) and Mexico (Feb. 20) on ESPN+.

NBA G League’s Princepal Singh: ‘I hope to inspire the youth in India’

Princepal Singh is a 6-foot-10 big man from Firozpur, India who signed a contract to play for the NBA G League Ignite for elite prospects.

Even though India has a population of more than 1.3 billion people, few players in NBA history have ever been of Indian descent. In fact, the first in this lineage was Sim Bhullar in 2015 and since then there have been only three to play in NBA Summer League or the NBA G League.

Princepal Singh, a 19-year-old big man who signed a contract to play for the NBA G League Ignite for elite prospects, is the next who hopes to make a splash as a professional basketball player in the United States. His training with the NBA G League Ignite under head coach Brian Shaw recently began in Walnut Creek, California.

But before he arrived, the 6-foot-10 Singh caught up with HoopsHype to tell us about his experience. Right before our conversation, Singh actually had unexpected guests at his home: A local television station showed up to join the excitement and chat with the basketball prospect.

“It’s been really crazy since the news has come in,” Singh recently told HoopsHype, through a translator. “My house is loaded with people. I’ve seen more people in the last two days than I had seen in the previous four months. People are pouring in and my family is just feeding them snacks to celebrate the announcement. I’m just trying to take it all in.”

One of the best moments for the NBA prospect was when the Chief Minister of Punjab tweeted about his achievements. The praise is more than warranted as he is the first alumni of the NBA Academy to sign a contract with the G League.

Since then, several local celebrities have stopped by his house to offer their congratulations as well. Even if it has been a bit of a whirlwind for Singh and his family, he has kept them at the front of his mind as he continues his path to the NBA.

“We’ve struggled in the past,” said Singh. “If I keep working hard and move on to the next level, I want to help my family as much as I can. I don’t want my family to see those days we’ve seen before.”

Singh, who is 6-foot-10, is still expanding his game but has been successful during his time on the court. He averaged 22.7 points, 13.0 rebounds, 1.0 block and 0.7 steals per game for India during the U16 Asia Championship in 2018. When watching film of his game, it is evident that he has a soft touch and a silky-smooth feel to his approach.

He had the second-most rebounds per game in the tournament, trailing only future teammate Kai Sotto, and also recorded the second-most points per game. He was directly involved with 39.8 of the buckets that India scored in their three games as either the scorer or passer, per RealGM, which was actually the highest rate of all participants.

These impressive marks helped him become the youngest player who has ever been selected to play for the Senior Men’s National Team for India.

Singh likes to play on the short corner and finish from the elbow, though coaches who have watched him in practice tell HoopsHype that he is also starting to expand his game into more high pick-and-roll possessions with pick-and-pop opportunities.

While he only took one shot per game from beyond the arc while he was playing in the U16 Asia Championships, he is working on expanding his game to become more of a floor stretcher in the frontcourt. He is also capable of passing well out of the post, finding open teammates cutting to the basket when multiple defenders collapse onto him.

One of his biggest specialties is his spatial awareness and his ability to read the opposing defense. He can slide to the proper position at the proper time, which often manifests itself on easy offensive rebound putbacks and finishing on the wing in transition.

“There is no substitute for hard work. I’ve lost out on some opportunities in the past but I’ve never looked back,” added Singh, who is lauded for his competitiveness. “I’ve always focused on what I wanted to be.”

Troy Justice, head of international basketball development for the NBA, believes that the “growth and development and improvement” that Singh was showing as a player and personally and professionally helped provide him with the resumé to fit the roster of elite talent mentioned above. He called the prospect a “hungry lion” who knows what he wants and will continue to improve.

“He is very resilient,” said Justice. “He is very determined and focused. On a bad day, he remains tough-minded, singularly-focused and very disciplined. He has the ability to continue to pursue his goals and dreams. It’s been great just to watch his development. He has matured greatly in all areas, year-over-year. That’s one of the reasons we are big believers in Princepal. He has a desire deep within him that allows him to continue on and stay focused and to grow.”

Justice is confident that the NBA G League Select Team will give Singh the opportunity to train with and play against some of the best competition in the world while also working with the best coaching available to him.

His consummate team-first mentality and willingness to create for others, like constantly setting screens, will also help bring out the best in his teammates. Singh can constantly flirt with a double-double but does not need the ball in his hands to make an impact.

He told HoopsHype that he is most excited to train with top prospects in the G League like Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Daishen Nix, Kai Sotto and Isaiah Todd.

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“If you go down the list of the players that he will be playing with and practicing against, it is going to put him in an incredible situation for him to take a huge step forward,” added Justice. “My prediction is he will meet the challenge. We’ve seen him do it before and he will do it again. He has the physical tools and he has the right mindset. He has a love for the game.”

For him to be included among those names is also a huge milestone for the NBA Academy. Singh was part of the inaugural class of athletes to attend the program in India back in 2017.

“The exposure that I got through the NBA Academy was great,” added Singh. “I learned about the importance of weight training and diet. That really helped turn me into the player that I am today.”

Overall, there are 31 players who have attended the NBA Academies that are either attending or have committed to D-I programs in the NCAA. Top prospects include big Oumar Ballo (Gonzaga), wing Bennedict Mathurin (Arizona) and guard Santiago Vescovi (Tennessee).

Seven graduates of the NBA Academy, including Singh, are either playing or are signed to play professionally. Two of the more notable names include Mojave King (Cairns Taipans) and Josh Giddey (Adelaide 36ers), both of whom will play in the Australian National Basketball League Rising Stars program.

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Singh also participated in the NBA Academies at G League Showcase in both 2018 and 2019. Justice said that prospects either sink or swim when facing elite competition and noted that Singh always stepped up. He recalls initial hesitance evolving into a more confident smile, a transformation highlighted by a little extra bounce in his step.

Justice called the journey for Singh to go from the NBA Academy the NBA G League a “natural pathway” for the 19-year-old prospect. Singh knows that if he eventually makes it to the NBA, it will increase the popularity of the sport for children in India.

“I hope to inspire the youth in India,” added Singh. “Kids come up to me a lot of the time when I come back to India. They ask me about my experiences. But I still want to do more for them because they look up to me. This is just the next step that I’ve taken.”

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Bostjan Nachbar: “The biggest fear from Euroleague players was not the virus, but the injuries”

Bostjan Nachbar on his role as the managing director of the ELPA, the Euroleague cancelation, his relationship with the NBPA, his career in the United States and more.

After a very nice career in Europe and the NBA, Bostjan Nachbar has been a key member in the recently created Euroleague Players Association, the first union exclusively dedicated to defending the rights of players in the top professional competition outside the United States.

On May 25, the Euroleague decided to cancel the 2019-20 season after two months of suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A big factor was the vocal opposition from players to resume the competition.

HoopsHype caught up with Nachbar to discuss his new role as the managing director of the ELPA, the season cancelation, parallels with the situation in the States and more.

What are your duties as the managing director of the Euroleague Players Association?

Bostjan Nachbar: In the beginning, we went through a couple of different stages. The first one was obviously to establish the association, to travel around Europe to talk to the players and get all the knowledge on how we could do this on an international level. The Euroleague is combined out of teams from 10 different countries. So whenever you’re doing something on an international level it’s much more difficult than doing it on a national level in one country. So this was the first time we gathered together. The guys felt really strongly that this is needed, so we took it to the second step and established the Association officially and started talking with your league about making the first steps of changing things for the better. The players were mostly very excited about this, with a lot of questions on how this could be functioning, especially understanding the culture in Europe where the players don’t have the power as they do in, for example, the North American leagues. 

So this is a long process that I’m leading on trying to change the mentality of people in European basketball, not just to give players all the power but to find the balance between who makes the main decisions and who is involved in making decisions. So this is obviously most of the process that we do. But besides this, negotiating with your league, dealing with various issues that players encounter, whether it’s injury-related for players requesting second medical opinions through us, whether it’s salary-related with clubs owing salaries… Some basic things that we changed earlier on were, for example, getting players to single rooms on their trips or priority passes for coach flights, because most of the teams in Europe don’t have private planes. So just trying to help players in their careers on and off the court. But the main thing is still pending, which is the collective bargaining agreement. And it’s something that we definitely want to do, in the shortest time frame possible, to secure even more rights and more rules for players and for the clubs on the other side.

Everything has changed in the last month because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Euroleague officially canceled the season on May 25. How was the process of dealing with the league?

BN: It was actually a very long process. We started with the players in Milano feeling very insecure about what’s going on, because that’s where the first outbreak was. So we started feeling a big need to suspend the season during the second week of March. There was a lot of talk with players, a lot of misinformation and a lot of unsureness on what to do, but we decided to notify early that the players were wishing to suspend the league because they didn’t feel safe anymore to travel and play. After the competition was suspended it started two months of long process communicating with the Euroleague and really making them aware of the players’ stance throughout this process. The first thing we wanted to secure were the minimum salaries that players must receive because there were no “force majeure” rules in players’ contracts. So we were able to achieve the minimum standard for players today which is 80 percent of their annual salary. Then the next step was talking with the players about whether they would like to continue or not, whether they felt safe enough to continue with the competition.

The Euroleague has a proposition to finish the season with a tournament in July. But the issue started mounting because players had difficulty traveling back the players and getting back on the court. So the biggest fear from players, interestingly enough, was not as much the virus itself but the injuries. They felt that having two to three weeks of training camp and then jumping right into the most important part of the season of playing up to nine games in 22 days was simply too much risk involved from the injury standpoint. So our communication was daily with the Euroleague, leading up to a meeting with two players from each team and the management of Euroleague in which the players were very direct and very honest about how they felt. And two days later the season was canceled.

That’s a big difference between the Euroleague and NBA, because the NBA is willing to adjust its schedule to the new situation.

BN: Yeah, this is the big thing. People sometimes forget that the NBA operates on their own schedule and on their own timeline. In Europe, you always have to adjust whether it’s to European competitions or to domestic competitions, depending on which side you’re looking from. So this is why it’s so difficult to be your own boss. You always have to look for permissions or look for adjustments and agreements. And that makes it much more complicated.

Have you been in touch with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) during these months?

BN: They have been very supportive since our beginning, which we really appreciate. We already started collaborating and some of our players went last summer to their off-the-court seminars. So we are collaborating tightly. They have given us a lot of advice especially in the year when we were getting established. 

When it comes to the pandemic on one hand, we have the same problem, of course. But on the other hand, different solutions. The NBA is a different world and it has a different way of operating than the Euroleague. You could see the difference, for example, between the mentalities of Euroleague and NBA players. NBA players are, at least from what I hear, mostly in favor of continuing to play, especially the main players. You didn’t see that in Europe. And the main issue was the shorter training camp than in the NBA, where gyms are opening and they’re going to have time to practice. They’re going to have time to prepare the season and to get it pushed back even more, whereas in Europe this was not a possibility. A lot of players had to travel and would face quarantine upon their return back to Europe, especially American players. So to jump from quarantine right into a two-, three-week training camp, and then to play this tournament is definitely different than what players are seeing in the NBA. Plus the motivation from the players in the NBA is also to save the season from the business standpoint, because they know what that means for their future even though European clubs are suffering just as much as the NBA clubs. Of course on a different scale but we don’t have salary cap here, we don’t have these rules about revenue sharing. So from the player’s perspective, that is a little bit different.

The NBPA and the ELPA have an interesting dynamic, considering some of their members will go back and forth between NBA and Euroleague. How does it define the relationship between them?

BN: This is actually the main motivator why we started to collaborate. The NBPA felt when players went overseas a lot of times they tended to lose touch with them. On the other hand, they have also noticed that they received players from Europe who didn’t really understand the role of the Association. So having the ELPA as a partner means a lot because they know when players leave they are in good hands, and when they receive a player they know he already has an understanding of why the Association is necessary what it does. On the other hand, we can say the same. So there have already been quite a few cases where we have given up a player, and we have notified the NBA this player is coming, and we have told the player that the NBPA will be contacting them, and vice versa. So that makes the whole transition for the players less painful because for a lot of players, especially for young players It’s a pretty big shock when players go from Europe to the NBA. So to know they have an ally on the other side of the ocean, I think it helps them.

You’re an example of a player who went to the NBA and returned to Europe. And coincidentally you were a teammate of the current president of the NBPA, Chris Paul. Does it help the relationship between both organizations?

BN: Honestly, I didn’t have any discussion with Chris on this topic. But I had a great experience playing with Chris. He was a rookie the year that I played with him and it would be great to see him again and catch up, especially in the roles we are now. But I have to say that Michele Roberts has been extremely supportive of what we do. And she is the one we keep in touch director to director, so to say. Same goes for Matteo Zuretti who is their international department director and he’s been amazing in this process.

Having played here for six years and three different teams, how do you remember your NBA experience?

BN: It was a dream come true. I always wanted to experience the NBA. Going there in 2002 was a big difference compared to going there in 2020. The one thing that I noticed is that a lot of players, really the majority of NBA players, had no idea who I was and what I did in Europe before. And that just didn’t go for me. I was still a first-round pick, but I’m sure that it also happened to Pau Gasol, Andrei Kirilenko or Tony Parker. Everybody made their names in the NBA after but there was still this gap between European and American players, mostly because the lack of connectivity between the two continents as far as social media, access to videos and interviews. They didn’t know what we’ve done in Europe, who we are, where we come from, or how we look or play That was the big difference. This was quite an adjustment for me and it took me a year or two to really get adjusted. Then I started playing bigger minutes, especially with the Hornets and later with the Nets, and that was the time that I enjoyed the most. So I lived my dream during that time I was in the States and most importantly I made some contacts that are gonna last for life. These are also the people that I stay in touch with today.

You actually left the NBA after your best two years, at least individually, with the Nets. Do you regret leaving the NBA at the peak of your career?

BN: I get asked this question a lot. I cannot say that I regret it because it was a very interesting time. A lot of European players came back to Europe so it’s difficult to talk about regret because for me that was the best option at that moment. Sure, I wish I could have prolonged my career in the NBA but at the same time it’s not like I had equal choices that summer. Gordan Giricek returned home, Carlos Delfino went back to Europe, also Jorge Garbajosa and Josh Childress. A year later, Linas Kleiza went back… A lot of European teams were willing to offer solid contracts to Europeans or Americans who wanted to go. Unfortunately, the crisis of 2008 hit them a little bit after and that changed a lot of things in Europe. I wish I could have extended my career in the NBA, but it just wasn’t the case.

You’re from Slovenia, one the smallest countries in Europe, but also the current Eurobasket champion, having produced more than 10 NBA players and even two All-Stars like Goran Dragic and Luka Doncic. What’s the secret to producing such great talent?

BN: I always thought that there’s one thing that Slovenia had that many countries don’t… When you talk about Slovenia, it really is kind of a mixture between the East and the West. It’s a mixture between the old Yugoslavian school of basketball and the Western school of Italian and Spanish influence, because it kind of lays in the middle. When our generation was growing up, we were lucky enough to have that mix of mentalities from our coaches, looking at both sides of the basketball wall. We were looking East towards Yugoslavian basketball, and looking west towards Western European and NBA. This is the biggest advantage that Slovenia has. And that’s why we were able to see so many players being produced in such a small country. But at the end of the day every player’s story is different. Every player has its own career. We were just lucky enough to be a part of a really strong generation of players that grew up, and that generation got now stretched or prolonged all the way to Luka Doncic.

Ranking the Top 20 international prospects eligible for 2020 NBA draft

While college basketball players may capture more fame domestically, international prospects are fundamentally essential to the NBA Draft.

While college basketball players may capture more fame domestically, international prospects are fundamentally essential to the NBA draft.

Based on research conducted by HoopsHype, the average NBA draft over the past four years has featured 9.3 players who played basketball overseas the season prior to their selection. As such, we looked at the top international prospects (plus others worth considering) most likely to hear their names called in the 2020 NBA Draft.

For the sake of consistency in evaluation, American-born prospects who participated in the Australian NBL’s Next Stars program (e.g. LaMelo Ball, RJ Hampton and Terry Armstrong) were not included in this exercise.

Especially with so much uncertainty surrounding the 2020 NBA draft due to the coronavirus, the international class will be fascinating to watch. While it may be harder to evaluate them without a traditional NBA draft combine, some teams may prefer to “punt” on this year and opt for more of a “draft-and-stash” route.

Especially for teams (e.g. New Orleans Pelicans and Philadelphia 76ers) with surplus picks, it would make sense to select a player to own their draft rights with the intention of them playing abroad and continuing to develop.

1. KILLIAN HAYES, RATIOPHARM ULM (GERMANY)

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Killian Hayes is a 6-foot-5 guard who can play on or off the ball and has made a legitimate case for himself as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft. The French prospect led the German League in transition scoring (3.3 points per game) at just 18 years old, connecting on more than 84 percent of these attempts. Hayes ranked fifth-best for isolation scoring (2.3 ppg) in the EuroCup, shooting well off the dribble. Meanwhile, his distribution (5.1 assists per game) finished as the third-best during those games. The guard won MVP at the U16 Euro Championship in 2017 and All-Tournament Team at the 2018 U17 World Cup in 2018.

Prediction: Lottery

2. DENI AVDIJA, MACCABI TEL AVIV (ISRAEL)

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Deni Avdija is a 6-foot-8 forward who can be a secondary ball-handler and cutter for an NBA team. His draft stock has been up and down as his minutes were limited in Euroleague and his jump shot was fairly ineffective. But he scored 21 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal while also shooting 3-for-6 from beyond the arc at the 2020 Eurobasket qualifiers. The prospect took home MVP honors at the U20 European Championship in 2019.

Prediction: Lottery / First round

3. ABDOULAYE N’DOYE, CHOLET BASKET (FRANCE)

Abdoulaye N’Doye is a 6-foot-7 guard who also boasts an enormous 7-foot-2 wingspan. He has a similar physical profile as NBA forwards like Robert Covington and Trevor Ariza, except he has experience playing on-ball for Cholet. N’Doye shot 44.1 percent from three-point range in the French League last season and 40.0 percent from long distance during the U20 Euro Championships in 2018. N’Doye, who previously tested the waters for the NBA last summer, is a bit older than other prospects on this list as he was automatically eligible this year rather than early entry.

Prediction: Late first / Early second

4. ALEKSEJ POKUSEVSKI, OLYMPIACOS (GREECE)

Aleksej Pokusevski is a 7-foot playmaker who has a similar physical profile to Thon Maker, Kostas Antetokounmpo and Bol Bol. There is less film to study for Pokusevski than other top international prospects because he plays in a low-level Greek league, though he has proven himself to be a solid transition finisher. The prospect put up splits of 14.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 5.8 blocks and two three-pointers per 36 minutes at the U18 European Championships in 2019. His wiry frame is the biggest concern on his way to the NBA, but if he adds size, he is someone who has the potential to be the ultimate sleeper of this class.

Prediction: Late first / Early second

5. LEANDRO BOLMARO, FC BARCELONA (SPAIN)

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Leandro Bolmaro is a 6-foot-7 forward who has been skyrocketing on draft boards lately. With a unique blend of size and court vision, he is capable of serving as a secondary playmaker with experience as the ball handler in pick-and-roll sets or occasionally when pushing the break in transition. He has played well when the ball is not in his hands, too, shooting efficiently when coming off screens.

Prediction: Late first / Early second

6. THEO MALEDON, ASVEL (FRANCE) 

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Theo Maledon is a long, skinny point guard who was very solid in the pick-and-roll for ASVEL. The 6-foot-4 prospect has been accurate when shooting jumpers off the dribble, showing that he is able to create his own offense. His most notable accolade thus far was averaging 14.6 points and 3.1 assists per game in the U16 Euro Championships in 2017, leading France to gold.

Prediction: First round

Prediction: Late first / Early second

7. MARKO SIMONOVIC, MEGA (SERBIA)

Marko Simonovic is a 6-foot-10 prospect who was one of the top scorers in the Adriatic League, averaging 16.8 points per game. The 20-year-old prospect added 8.0 rebounds with 1.2 blocks per game in 2019-20. He also averaged 17.3 points while shooting 41.7 percent from three-point range, also adding 3.0 rebounds per game at the U20 European Championship in 2019. He has been especially productive when operating as the roll man out of pick-and-roll sets.

Prediction: Second round / Undrafted

8. YAM MADAR, HAPOEL TEL AVIV (ISRAEL)

Yam Madar is a 6-foot-3 point guard who averaged 13.7 points and 5.3 assists per 36 minutes in the Israeli BSL. He played extraordinarily well for Israel in the U20 European Championship in 2019, securing a gold medal behind 15.9 points and 7.7 assists per game. He looked especially comfortable running a fast-paced offense when pushing the break, recording the most transition assists per game among all participants at the tournament.

Prediction: Second round / Undrafted

9. GEORGIOS KALAITZAKIS, NEVEZIS (LITHUANIA)

Georgios Kalaitzakis was the overall leading scorer at the U20 European Championship in 2019. The 6-foot-8 prospect finished most of his opportunities as the ball-handler in pick-and-roll possessions, ranking among the leaders for assists in a set offense during the tournament.

Prediction: Second round / Undrafted

10. ROKAS JOKUBAITIS, ZALGIRIS (LITHUANIA)

Rokas Jokubaitis has thrived on unguarded catch-and-shoot attempts but has also been able to connect fairly well when shooting off the dribble as well. The 6-foot-4 guard was accurate when finishing possessions as the ball-handler in transition. He is most often used in pick-and-roll sets and when looking only at possessions in a set offense, his distribution also ranked near the best among all participants at the U19 World Cup in 2019.

Prediction: Second / Undrafted

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11. Borisa Simanic, Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)

He is a 6-foot-11 prospect with a 7-foot-3 wingspan who has been incredibly effective on unguarded jump shots off the catch. He has not been as sharp off the bounce but with his length and shooting ability, he projects as a potentially viable spot-up option in the NBA.

12. Paul Eboua, Victoria Libertas Pesaro (Italia)

A versatile scorer who can produce on spot-up and transition opportunities and as the roll man in pick-and-roll sets, he has struggled with efficiency. His frame (6-foot-8 with a 7-foot-3 wingspan) makes him a compelling NBA prospect.

13. Arturs Kurucs, Vig Riga (Latvia)

The younger brother of Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs is a 6-foot-3 guard who has been accurate when shooting off the dribble. He ranked among the leaders in total scoring during the U19 World Cup in 2019, averaging 15.6 points per game.

14. Aleksa Radanov, FMP Belgrade (Serbia)

Aleksa Radanov is a 6-foot-7 forward who has operated as the ball-handler in pick-and-roll sets. He has impressed when finishing possessions as the ball handler in a transition offense as well. Radanov is 22 years old and automatically eligible for the 2020 NBA draft.

15) Gytis Masiulis, Neptunas Klaipeda (Lithuania)

A 6-foot-9 forward from Lithuania who has produced well in pick-and-roll actions as the roll man and on pick-and-pop opportunities. He was one of the most efficient high-volume scorers when he competed in the U20 Euro Championship in 2018, averaging 18.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

OTHER NAMES TO KNOW

16. Henri Drell, Victoria Libertas Pesaro (Italy)

17. Nenad Dimitrijevic, Joventut Badalona (Spain)

18. Louis Olinde, Brose Bamberg (Germany)

19. Tadas Sedekerskis, Neptunas Klaipeda (Lithuania)

20. Arnas Velicka, Vytautas Prienai (Lithuania)

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