Potential No.1 Pick? You Should Be Excited About Dragan Bender

I wrote a big post on why Dragan Bender sits atop my 2016 too early preseason big board for Upside & Motor. If you normally like the content on this site, you should definitely check it out. http://upsidemotor.com/2015/08/17/dragan-bender-kristaps-porzingis-fiba-scouting-report-crotia-2016-nba-draft/

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Furkan Korkmaz Scouting Report: August 2015

I wrote a more detailed scouting breakdown of potential 2016 lottery pick Furkan Korkmaz’s play in the FIBA U19 and FIBA Europe U18 Tournaments over at Upside & Motor. Check it out: http://upsidemotor.com/2015/08/11/furkan-korkmaz-scouting-report-nba-draft-prospect-lottery-pick/

Scouting the FIBA U19’s Part 2: Team USA

Scouting the FIBA U19’s Part 2: Team USA

This past Sunday the FIBA U19 tournament in Crete wrapped up with a US victory over a good Croatia team. Coming into the tournament I was most excited about getting to watch Croatia play the US due to the matchup between the US’s star-studded roster and Dragan Bender, a potential top-5 pick in next year’s draft. Unfortunately, due to a sneaker dispute between Bender and the Croatian team he didn’t play in the tournament. Nonetheless, there were still a fair amount of prospects I was interested in on the US, Greek, Croatian, Spanish, Chinese, and Turkish teams. For some of these guys I didn’t pay much attention to them while they were on the court, and others I watched every single minute of in this tournament attentively. Part 1 is on the non-team USA guys, part 2 below covers team USA and include rankings for the whole group. Continue reading

Scouting the FIBA U19’s Part 1: Non-Team USA

Scouting the FIBA U19’s Part 1: Non-Team USA

This past Sunday the FIBA U19 tournament in Crete wrapped up with a US victory over a good Croatia team. Coming into the tournament I was most excited about getting to watch Croatia play the US due to the matchup between the US’s star-studded roster and Dragan Bender, a potential top-5 pick in next year’s draft. Unfortunately, due to a sneaker dispute between Bender and the Croatian team he didn’t play in the tournament. Nonetheless, there were still a fair amount of prospects I was interested in on the US, Greek, Croatian, Spanish, Chinese, and Turkish teams. For some of these guys I didn’t pay much attention to them while they were on the court, and others I watched every single minute of in this tournament attentively. Part 1 is on the non-team USA guys, part 2 will cover team USA and include rankings for the whole group. Continue reading