Monday, April 25, 2011

Bosnia's NBA draft prospects the best crop in years?

Bojan Bogdanovic 6'8" 1989 SG/SF from Mostar plays for Croatian national team but is a Bosnian Croat who grew up in Mostar and played his first games professionally in BiH. He had a great youth career before stalling in his development for a few years. He had a breakout year this year with the famous Cibona Zagreb which featured his vast shooting abilities.He scored over 18ppg shot over 30% from 3 and 80% from the free throw line and showed a quality eye when it comes to passing averaging 2.5 assists per game.
Depending on how deep the draft is he may sneak into the end of the first round but for sure should make it into the second. It is too bad he decided to turn his back on his mother country for his adopted country like so many others.
Adnan Hodzic 6'9" 1988 PF Averaged over 17ppg and 7rbpg in the NCAA and had breakout year last year when he led his little university to an upset over Indiana. He didn't get an invite to the Portsmouth invitational tournament surprisingly. He should make a summer league team this summer with a chance to go to the NBDL but I am sure there will be more lucrative offers waiting for him in Europe.
One more player of note is Nikola Vucevic from USC his dad was a big time player on the those great KK BOSNA teams of the late 1970's and early 1980's...

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