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    Estonia has a prospect in Kerr Krissa. He's lighting in up in AGNST Kaunas, 16pts, 6as in just 26minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Straight forward View Post
    Estonia has a prospect in Kerr Krissa. He's lighting in up in AGNST Kaunas, 16pts, 6as in just 26minutes.
    We actually have pretty exciting generation coming through.

    As pointed out, Kerr Kriisa joined Žalgiris and so far it seems that the two match pretty well.

    Henri Drell (204, SG/SF, born 00) and Kristian Kullamäe (190cm, PG/SG, born 99) are part of Bamberg’s youth system and both of them are currently splitting their time between Bamberg’s main team and their youth team Baunach in ProA. Both of them have NBA/Euroleague potential according to scouts. Jonathan Givony, for example, has claimed that if Drell signed up for the NBA draft this year, he would be a definite second round pick. Or a probable first round pick in 2020.

    Sander Raieste (205, SF, born 99) is another prospect that have been dubbed to have NBA potential. Similarly to Drell, Raieste also featured in Givony’s 2020 NBA mock draft list. He is currently plying his trade at Baskonia, mostly featuring for their farm team and in some rare occasions also making the bench for the main team (hasn’t currently debuted in an official match though). In my opinion he needs to get away from Baskonia as soon as possible as they don’t seem to be a best place for youngsters looking to progress their career.

    Matthias Tass (208, PF/C, born 99), is also considered as a notable prospect in Estonia. He apparently had some offers from clubs around Europe (including Žalgiris), but decided to go to NCAA instead and committed to Saint Mary's. He is quite skilled for a big man and has a nice shooting touch. In my opinion he is more suited to European basketball though, so hopefully he doesn’t waste his years in the USA.

    And then we have other talents abroad, mainly in Italy, like Kaspar Treier (204, SF/PF, born 99, Montegranaro XL), Mikk Jurkatamm (196, SG, born 00, Ravenna Orasi, previously has played youth ANGT Euroleague with Bologna Virtus averaging 19 PPG) and Kaspar Kitsing (195, SG/SF, born 01, Dolomiti Energia Trento).

    We are currently in a transition phase with our men’s national team with the aim of integrating younger players. It is a painful process but seems to slowly give its first fruits. For example, yesterday the Estonian NT beat Serbian NT 71-68 and Kullamäe (18 points, 27 min), Drell (4 pts, 8 min) and Raieste (3 pts, 32 min) were all considerable part of it.

    The 99-01 generation is rather strong for Estonia. And some younger guys are also catching attention from European powerhouses, for example Gerrit Lehe (193, 2005) recently visited Real Madrid.

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    Good post Recp. Welcome to interbasket. We'll see how Estonia will round in upcoming decade, might be interesting team. Nice to see Kullamäe among yougsters
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    Henri Drell announced he has declared for NBA draft this year. There is at least one NBA team showing great interest in him.


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    Good generation coming. Drell would be first Estonian drafted since Martin Muursepp 1996.
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    Yep. The local media claims that there is one team especially interested in Drell and would like to draft him this year in the second round but they are afraid that Drell might be picked earlier by someone else.

    It is also quite possible that Drell simply announced his draft participation to show his skill-set on full display for NBA teams during the pre-draft process and would afterwards withdraw his name. Should he aim for next year's draft, then it is likely that he would get drafted in the first round. ESPN published their 2020 NBA Mock Draft list few days ago and Drell currently sits at 27 in their estimates.

    Sander Raieste also announced his NBA Draft participation, but in his case it is more likely that he would only use the chance to introduce himself to the NBA teams and aim for next year's draft. Last few years in Baskonia haven't had good effect on his NBA chances and he has kinda flown under the radar. Basically, he is in similar situation like Sedekerskis (Baskonia really isn't a good place for youngsters).

    Some NBA scouts have inquired Raieste's agent about him, but currently the interest is moderate. There is a slight-slight chance that he could be a late second round pick this year, but everything points that it would be more logical to try his luck next year. Even his agent admitted that they will probably withdraw his name after training camps, depending on the feedback they receive. What is more, his agent has also already announced that Raieste will either join Baskonia's main roster next year or would move away to other ACB or VTB club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recp View Post
    Yep. The local media claims that there is one team especially interested in Drell and would like to draft him this year in the second round but they are afraid that Drell might be picked earlier by someone else.

    It is also quite possible that Drell simply announced his draft participation to show his skill-set on full display for NBA teams during the pre-draft process and would afterwards withdraw his name. Should he aim for next year's draft, then it is likely that he would get drafted in the first round. ESPN published their 2020 NBA Mock Draft list few days ago and Drell currently sits at 27 in their estimates.

    Sander Raieste also announced his NBA Draft participation, but in his case it is more likely that he would only use the chance to introduce himself to the NBA teams and aim for next year's draft. Last few years in Baskonia haven't had good effect on his NBA chances and he has kinda flown under the radar. Basically, he is in similar situation like Sedekerskis (Baskonia really isn't a good place for youngsters).

    Some NBA scouts have inquired Raieste's agent about him, but currently the interest is moderate. There is a slight-slight chance that he could be a late second round pick this year, but everything points that it would be more logical to try his luck next year. Even his agent admitted that they will probably withdraw his name after training camps, depending on the feedback they receive. What is more, his agent has also already announced that Raieste will either join Baskonia's main roster next year or would move away to other ACB or VTB club.
    I never watched the guys you mentioned, but drafted by NBA and afterwards stay on EL level for 2 years is the best thing for a European U20 player. Saric is the best example for that.
    It is not Baskonia, imo it is Perasovic who doesn't rely on young players. He had done the same to Furkan Korkmaz. 2014-15, 2015-16 he played total 38 games in Euroleague with Dusan Ivkovic, 2016-17 at he was on the roster for 13 games and DNP for 11 games. He had total 14 mins on 2 games. After that he requested to go on loan and he went to Banvit. Following season he was drafted and went to NBA. Perasovic doesn't like young players unfortunately...
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