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  Friday, April 29, 2005

Peja Samardziski enters the draft
By Jonathan Givony

As href=/profile//> reported href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> ESPN href=/profile//> Insider href=/profile//> Chad href=/profile//> Ford href=/profile//> yesterday href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> column, href=/profile//> Peja href=/profile//> Samardziski href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> indeed href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> entering href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> name href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year's href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> draft. href=/profile//> DraftExpress href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> speak href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Marc href=/profile//> Cornstein, href=/profile//> Samardziski's href=/profile//> agent href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> US, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> sort href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> nuances href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> somewhat href=/profile//> surprising href=/profile//> entry. href=/profile//>

DraftExpress: href=/profile//> We href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> hearing href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Samardziski href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> won't href=/profile//> enter href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> What href=/profile//> happened href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> change href=/profile//> your href=/profile//> minds href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> that?

Marc href=/profile//> Cornstein: href=/profile//> We href=/profile//> initially href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> planning href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> entering href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> name href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> draft, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> philosophy href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> throwing href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> names href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> fully href=/profile//> knowing href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> later href=/profile//> pulling href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> out. href=/profile//> With href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> said, href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> received href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> inquiries href=/profile//> directly href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> status href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> upcoming href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> recently, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> interest href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> client href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> decided href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> interest href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> name href=/profile//> in. href=/profile//>

DraftExpress: href=/profile//> Where href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> stands href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> eyes href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA? href=/profile//>

Marc href=/profile//> Cornstein: href=/profile//> Its href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> early href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> concrete href=/profile//> statement href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> drafted, href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> variables href=/profile//> involved, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fact href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> went href=/profile//> through href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> process href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> evaluate href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> front href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> eyes href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> positive href=/profile//> experience href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Peja. href=/profile//> Even href=/profile//> though href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> inconsistent href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> evaluate href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> progress href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> read href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> areas href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> improved href=/profile//> on. href=/profile//>

The href=/profile//> fact href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> depleted href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> center href=/profile//> prospects href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> definitely href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> favor. href=/profile//> Last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> centers href=/profile//> drafted href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> round. href=/profile//>

DraftExpress: href=/profile//> That's href=/profile//> true. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> DraftExpress's href=/profile//> mock href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> currently href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> true href=/profile//> centers href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> (Bogut href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Petro) href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> guy href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> plays href=/profile//> Center href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Europe, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> try href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> PF href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> (Vazquez) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> 7-3 href=/profile//> guy href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> thinks href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> small href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> (Martynas href=/profile//> Andriuskevicius.) href=/profile//>

Will href=/profile//> Samardziski href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> States href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> private href=/profile//> workouts? href=/profile//>

Marc href=/profile//> Cornstein: href=/profile//> Unfortunately, href=/profile//> that's href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> happen, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> unlike href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> strictly href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> junior href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> part href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> senior href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> competing href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Serbian href=/profile//> playoffs. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> possible href=/profile//> date href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> June href=/profile//> 27th, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> day href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> draft. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> prospects, href=/profile//> though, href=/profile//> [Tripkovic, href=/profile//> Perovic, href=/profile//> Bogdanovic, href=/profile//> Erden] href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> seen href=/profile//> plenty href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> him. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> fly href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Serbia href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> months href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> watch href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//>

DraftExpress: href=/profile//> What href=/profile//> does href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> buyout href=/profile//> situation href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> like? href=/profile//>

Marc href=/profile//> Cornstein: href=/profile//> We href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> working href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> set href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> stone. href=/profile//> We href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> that's href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> problem, href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> planning href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> staying href=/profile//> overseas href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> anyway. href=/profile//>

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DraftExpress href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> bit href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> footage href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Samardziski href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> hand href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> past href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> We href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> evaluate href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> start href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> process href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> writing href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> in-depth href=/profile//> scouting href=/profile//> report href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> gauging href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> stands href=/profile//> amongst href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year's href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> prospects. href=/profile//> Stay href=/profile//> tuned. href=/profile//>

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> meantime, href=/profile//> check href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> stats href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Euroleague.

 
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