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    The prospects of millennium needs a thread.
    Eray Akyüz (PG-1.89)

    I had a chance to watch Iscar tournament and Balkan's next stars tournament which ended up very well for Turkish players. I will mention Eray Akyüz (PG) now. He had played quite effective last year, while he was playing against one year older guys in U16 tournament in Lithuania. He is not the best player of our generation but really the one of interesting ones (Mert Konuk is the most impressive player of our 00' generation but I need to watch a little bit more to make a detailed comment). Eray Akyüz, playing for Banvit, is taking part in the future plans of this team.

    The most impressive thing about him is his taste for this game. He is just 15 years old however he is playing so mature for his age. He is always one step ahead of his teammates and his opponents. He has great game instinct which makes him a true leader for this level. He is commanding his teammates like he is five years older than him. He takes the helms in offence and touches the ball at least one more time in every possession. You can't see this in every guard. The game flowing and ball movement increase under his leadership. Even if he doesn't score, he stays in the game that you realize his absence when he is benched. When I evaluate under 18 PGs, the first thing that I look in them is if they take enough responsibility. If the answer is yes, I continue to follow them. Akyüz is definitely suitable for my criteria. A player can be extremely talented but his taste for the game makes him walking up the stairs one at a time. He has a lot of deficiencies which are very normal for this year old player and you can fill the deficiencies by time but if the player hasn't leadership character, you can't create a new character for this player. I have been following him for two years and in every single game, he has showed great determination and leadership. That matters for me.

    His ball handling is first class. His preferred hand is right but he can easily dribble with left hand too. It doesn't matter for him which hand owns the ball. Unlike his peers, he is extremely confident and comfortable with the ball. When he is under pressure, he doesn't cut his dribbling. Even many of the senior level PGs get into a trouble, when they face a full court pressure. This is a big plus for him. Also a good sign that he trusts his dribbling skill. His biggest feature is his drives through the basket. From right or left, he drives the rim very easily. His body movement is advanced. He can control his slopes while driving. Since he owns the ball very well, those easy lay-ups should not be so surprising. He has really soft hands. Instead of hitting bricks to basket while driving, he drops the ball so soft. One more thing about his penetration is that he can change his body direction easily. (Like how Nando De Colo does when he is about the drop the ball) That's an impressive skill. It means, he has at least two options in his drives to make his balls escape from the blocks. He is doing these things when the other peers have not any other option.

    He is very quick and agile. His first step is enough for passing every opponent at opening gambit. He runs the floor very well and goes to coast to coasts. Very good rebounder for his position. He helps his teammates when the ball drops the pool instead of watching and expecting someone to get the ball. That's what I mean by saying that he is always attached to the game. I haven't seen any concentration problems in his games. He is a great passer. Takes the ball and always looking to find easy buckets. His teammates are very lucky to play with him. No look passes, passes to the other side, passes from one corner to other corner, quick passes after PnRs were the things that I have notified. He likes to pass the ball to behind the arc after the drives which even caused some turnovers during some games. We can rely on his passing skill easily. He is not that type of guard who handles the ball well but makes wrong decisions.

    His shooting is not so fancy but okay. He has even made some off-screen threes constantly. He needs to develop this part of his game. He can't make mid-range shots. If he can add some mid-range options to his game then he will be really different player and we will be able to trust him more for the senior level. His shooting mechanism is okay which means it can be developed in time. He should develop this part. I would like to wait next two years to see how will his shooting performance be. Also like every Turkish player, the FTs are problematic. I don't know what causes this Even our best players have suffered from this.

    His defense is above average. He has quick hands and steal the balls from the opponent. The thing that I didn't like in his defensive game is his defensive position knowledge. Sometimes he helps post-up defense much than the due that causes free three point shots for the opponents. I know that he is energetic guy but needs to brake his energy down He needs to keep on his man. Other defensive tools are great.

    I naturally get excited when I see a good PG prospect. The guy has size, skills and enough maturity to play in senior level. He needs to develop his shooting percentages at first. I have faith in him, it is up to him where he will end up. If he can improve himself constantly, I see a Euroleague level PG in him. Banvit is a great school for him. In comparison to last year, he has improved himself much. That's a good sign he is on the right path unlike some of the prospects. I will keep tabs on you guy. Keep on working.

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    In Croatia most promising is Oton Jankovic (204 SF/PF). He is also 1. in eurohopes at moment. At moment he plays all 5 positions, quite athletic and skilled. We will see how he develops, but he defently has lot of promise

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    Filip Petrusev improved a lot since last year, lots of promise in that kid.
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    We need more tall young kids( 210cm+). Hope European parents pay attention their children's height and produce more giants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tallwestman View Post
    We need more tall young kids( 210cm+). Hope European parents pay attention their children's height and produce more giants.
    Apperantly you have some obsession about height. For basletball, height doesn't matter too much. 6'9 afro-am's dominating the center position at Euroleague, even some 6'5-6'6 players like Kyle Hines You can visit Balkan countries or Baltics to see tall people but modern basketball changes and need more athletic and strong players than tall ones. I would prefer Blake Griffin over Slavko Vranes(7'6- Montenegro)
    I admit Porzingis is an exception

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    Luka Samanic is legitimate prospect. 207 PF with skills and athletic abilities to be star.

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    Looks like Luka Samanic is a real prospect. Currently signed with Barcelona. Best prospect at Eurocamp among the Next Gen players.

    Funny I did not see the above post before writing this one.
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    He is. He has body and skills for pro basketball, now it's up to him and bit of luck

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    Yea, Luka Samanic is trully good. He can acomplish a lot.

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    In U-17 WC, few '00 born players had important roles in their teams.

    Eray Akyüz (PG): 7,3 PPG, 2,4 RPG, 2,9 APG in 27,1 MPG

    Mert Konuk (SG): 8,4 PPG, 2,9 RPG, 1,3 APG in 17,7 MPG

    Joel Parra (PF): 9,9 PPG, 5 RPG, 1,1 APG in 23 MPG

    Tomas Balciunas (PF): 5 PPG, 6,3 RPG, 0,9 APG in 16 MPG

    Mikael Jantunen (SF/PF): 5,6 PPG, 6,1 RPG, 0,7 APG in 20,5 MPG

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    Both top Croatian prospects left Croatia. Samanic in Barcelona, Jankovic California....Sad
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    Quote Originally Posted by pohani komarac View Post
    Both top Croatian prospects left Croatia. Samanic in Barcelona, Jankovic California....Sad
    are they keeping the passports?
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    Like his countrymen Nikola Ivanovic ('94), Petar Popovic ('96), Ognjen Carapic ('98) before him, 6'4" PG Igor Drobnjak ('00), who averaged 17.7 points, 3.7 rebounds & 4 assists per game for Montenegro at the 2016 U16 European Championship moved from Buducnost Podgorica to Mega Leks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Levenspiel View Post
    are they keeping the passports?
    Yes

    But I'm sad because I would like to watch them in Croatian clubs atleast few years like Saric and Zizic
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    Quote Originally Posted by pohani komarac View Post
    Both top Croatian prospects left Croatia. Samanic in Barcelona, Jankovic California....Sad
    I wonder when will youngsters from ex-Yu realize Barcelona is repeatedly prooving themselves as one of the worst possible destination they could pick...
    Quote Originally Posted by Jon_Koncak View Post
    That's funny shit.I cant believe there are sports fans thinking like it.It's like Federer losing to random Japanese player in round 1 of French Open but tournament director stepping in and saying "hey it was a fluke win who wants to watch a random Japanese guy in next round,Federer qualifies"

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    Zoran Paunovic from Red Star is going to be terrific SG, high IQ, he has all around game, plays good defense, good athlete , can't wait to see him playing for senior Red Star team in a few years
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