Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sarajevan Nihad Dedovic pulls his name from 2011 NBA draft

Nihad Dedovic (6'5" SG/SF 1990) Has pulled his name from the 2011 NBA draft. After experiencing a lot of admiration and support for his basketball career as a early 15-16 year old phenom with Sarajevo outfit KK BOSNA ASA, Dedovic hasn't developed as hoped in the last few years since going to Italy. Nihad's basketball drive and commitment were unquestioned when he was in Sarajevo, he ate, slept and breathed basketball and seemed to be a good candidate to ascend to the legend of Nenad Markovic and to accept the position as the best basketball player from Bosnia. It seems the distractions of money and lifestyle in Italy has distracted Nihad from his basketball commitments and is more interested in the lifestyle of a basketball professional than being driven to be the best. His outside shot hasn't developed and his weaknesses of a few years ago, lateral quickness, explosiveness, his handle and his outside shooting still  remain weaknesses. The athleticism can only be improved marginally but the other aspects of his game are under his control and must be improved to reach his potential. Nihad will have a chance to get drafted next year, but I believe he was surprised by the lack of interest in him by NBA scouts after so much attention has been paid to him throughout his career so far.

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