2014 NBA Draft: Top International Prospects
Honorable Mentions: Mario Hezonja, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Walter Tavares, Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia C (6’11”)
The Bosnian center has gained loads of attention from scouts after posting monstrous numbers in the Adriatic League, having the highest Player Efficiency Rating and averaging 28.6 points to go with 13.7 boards per 40 minutes. He’s excellent at using his 280 pound frame to score in the lowpost but still struggles immensely on the defensive end of the floor, often committing silly fouls and allowing opponents to score inside with ease.
Clint Capela, Switzerland PF/C (6’10”)
Many scouts are comparing Capela with high-energy big man Kenneth Faried, thanks to his superb finishing ability and non-stop aggressiveness on the boards averaging nearly 13 rebounds per 40 minutes in 16 France Pro A games. He’s still very limited on the offense end scoring mostly from P/R and lobs but could improve down the line if he learns how to harness his extreme athleticism.
Vasilije Micic, Serbia PG (6’5″)
This Serbian floor general has excellent size for his position, allowing him to play either guard spot and still act as the primary facilitator in an offense. He’s a true pass-first point guard who’s constantly looking to find open teammates, ranking second in assists per game and third in assists per 40 minutes in the Adriatic League.
Dario Saric, Croatia SF/PF (6’10”)
Saric passed up the draft last year to refine his skills, and so far it’s been paying off with the forward increasing his scoring and efficiency in the Adriatic League. It’s still unclear whether or not he will enter this year’s draft with rumors swirling that he’s hesitant about leaving Croatia, but if he does he’s a surefire first round pick and possibly a lottery selection.
Dante Exum, Australia PG/SG (6’6″)
This Australian phenom has been in the lottery conversation all year long, drawing comparisons to oversized point guards like Penny Hardaway and Michael-Carter Williams. He’s constantly attacking the rim, using his 6’6″ frame to bully defenders inside and can also act as a team’s primary facilitator averaging nearly 4 assists in 30 minutes. He’s by far the most NBA-ready player in this international class and even has the potential to be taken number one.