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Saric Officially Withdraws From Draft

After months of vasciliating over his future — from saying he would only come to the NBA as a top-10 pick to applying for the Draft when it seemed unlikely he would be top 10, to statements he would not be in the 2013 pool — Croatian small forward Dario Saric officially removed his name from consideration.

draft-13-blog-logoProjected to be chosen in the middle of the first round and possibly get to the end of the lottery, Saric was among 18 players who filed before the Monday deadline, the NBA announced Tuesday. The other notable was Mouhammadou Jaiteh, likely headed for the second round.

Two players from the United States withdrew, Norvel Pelle, trying to jump start his career after going from a top prospect in high school to being unable to find stability in college, and Joshua Simmons.

The 16 others were from overseas: Francois Affia AmbadiangNemanja BesovicBogdan BogdanovicMatias BortolinLinos ChrysikopoulosDorde DrenovacViktor Gaddefors, Jaiteh, Louis LabeyriePhilipp Neumann, Artem PustovyiMarko Ramljak, Saric, Walter TavaresAxel Toupane, and Adin Vrabac.

The Draft is June 27 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

adidas Eurocamp: The Wrap-up

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TREVISO, Italy – News, notes and observations as the adidas Eurocamp concluded Monday and NBA front offices began to return home for the final push toward the June 27 draft:

  • All indications are that Croation small forward Dario Saric will withdraw from the draft before the June 17 deadline for international players. While his agent, Robert Jablan, told BourbonStreetShots.com that the decision has been made, some teams are understandably wondering if this is an attempt to secure a promise. After all, Saric previously went from signaling he would stay in Europe to applying for the draft and now has turned around again about five weeks later despite no change in his standing with his stock still somewhere around the teens. One executive said chances are “about 99.9” Saric will jump out of the pool, meaning the NBA is not yet closing the door on 2013. Another said “It sure sounds like it,” when asked whether Saric is staying in Croatia. They’re waiting for 100 percent by June 17.
  • The positive reviews continue for Alex Abrines, who is getting looks for late in the first round without getting much publicity. It didn’t help his North American marking that Abrines was not at Eurocamp because his season in Spain was still in progress. “I don’t like him. I love him,” said one scout who has watched the Spanish shooting guard many times. “His feel for the game is incredible.”
  • Australian shooting guard Dante Exum is draft-eligible for 2014 and would open next season as one of the top prospects, but said “My gut tells me right now I’m going to college,” partly because he is intrigued by the idea of a run with a top U.S. program and partly because that would allow him to avoid the packed Class of ’14 led by Canadian phenom/incoming Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins. That would position Exum for 2015. The son of Cecil Exum, who won a national championship with North Carolina in 1982, has made one campus visit, to Indiana, and puts the Hoosiers at the top of his working list if he goes the NCAA route for 2014-15. He loves the college feel in Bloomington and the basketball tradition. He is also getting attention from a lot of other elite programs – mentioning Louisville, Kentucky and Michigan – so no decision is imminent.
  • The Bulls’ 2011 investment pick of Nikola Mirotic looks better all the time. Chicago got him at 23 while planning to keep him in overseas to develop, some teams said a year ago he might have cracked the lottery in 2012, and now this from a European scout when asked where Mirotic would go in the 2013 draft: “Lottery, easy. Five-six-seven-eight.” Lottery very easy, in other words. Mirotic, who might be able to play some small forward at 6-10 but is likely destined to an NBA future at power forward, was recently named MVP of the ACB in Spain, the second-best league in the world. Indications are that he will spend one more season there before negotiating with the Bulls.
  • Eurocamp may relocate. The gathering of top prospects and talent evaluators from several leagues around the world will return to the traditional home of the La Ghirada complex in Treviso in 2014, but adidas officials have had initial discussions about moving the event to Paris, Berlin or Munich closer to its global headquarters in Germany, or Spain. The shoe company wants to make a big push on the basketball front in Germany and Russia.
  • The reviews for Giannis Adetokunbo on Sunday night with the Greek national under-20 team in a tournament in nearby Jesolo were a step forward. They weren’t terrible 24 hours earlier – can’t shoot, not strong enough, but a very good feel for the game for an inexperienced player that has mostly faced bad competition. But Adetokunbo was more assertive on offense Sunday and in stretches more looked the part of an NBA first-round pick against an age-group field. He needed to show that.

European Star Keeps NBA Options Open

Dario Saric, one of the top draft prospects in Europe, agreed to a four-year contract to play in his native Croatia, but has a buyout following each season that would clear the way for him to join the NBA without delay.

The real issue is Saric saying he will stay in the 2013 draft only if he has a top-10 promise, as reported on Twitter by Europhopes.com.

This could become a close call. One executive tells NBA.com, “Yes, he would be considered top 10 already.” Other front offices are not as convinced. So begins one of the interesting storylines heading to the June draft, with the obvious disclaimer that seven months is more than enough time for a teenager to change his mind and decide to stay in or out no matter what, just as college players in the United States say one thing during the season and another as the sound of the cash register gets louder.

Saric said he will sign Tuesday with Cibona in Zagreb, Croatia, according to Sportando.net. The contract provides a series of out clauses for the 18-year-old combo to leave for the NBA, with the amount to be determined as a percentage of his rookie deal, the same sliding scale, as opposed to a flat rate, used most recently when Jonas Valanciunas left Lithuania for the Raptors.

After a year when only one international product without experience in North America was drafted in the first round, Evan Fournier to the Nuggets at No. 20, the 2013 class could have two in the lottery and possibly the top 10: France’s Rudy Gobert, the top-rated prospect in Europe, and Saric.

Saric’s Cibona teammates will include Demond Carter (Baylor, Tulsa of the National Basketball Development League), Dustin Ware (Georgia), D.J. Strawberry (Maryland, Suns, Albuquerque and Reno of the D-League) and Justin Hamilton (Iowa State and LSU).