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  Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Partizan kids: Tripkovic up, Perovic down
By Luis Fernández

This href=/profile//> year's href=/profile//> Partizan href=/profile//> Belgrade href=/profile//> roster href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> younger href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> ever, href=/profile//> full href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> prospects. href=/profile//> Two href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> role href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> stock href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> moving href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> different href=/profile//> directions.

Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> proved href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> summer href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> guard, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> DraftCity href=/profile//> reported href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> Junior href=/profile//> Championships. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> maturity href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> consistency href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> grown href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> surprising href=/profile//> everyone.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> words href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> Slovenian href=/profile//> scout href=/profile//> Matiz href=/profile//> Tratar, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> mechanics, href=/profile//> knows href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> penetrate, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> PG, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> defend href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> positions, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> though href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> problems href=/profile//> passing href=/profile//> through href=/profile//> set href=/profile//> screens href=/profile//> (nothing href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> won't href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> solved href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> bulking href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> little). href=/profile//> With href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> defense, href=/profile//> ability href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> score, href=/profile//> creativeness href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> athleticism, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> future href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> rounder.

Next href=/profile//> June href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> early href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> him, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> old, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> feel href=/profile//> 2006 href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> continues href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> develop. href=/profile//> He's href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> 13.3 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> league, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 6.2 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 0.5 href=/profile//> turnovers href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague.

Meanwhile, href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> isn't href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> love. href=/profile//> You href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> wonder href=/profile//> why, href=/profile//> considering href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> skilled href=/profile//> 7-2 href=/profile//> specimen. href=/profile//> Again href=/profile//> Matiz href=/profile//> Tratar href=/profile//> gives href=/profile//> us href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> answer: href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> soft, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> cam't href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> hit href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> backboard href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> taking href=/profile//> contact. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> does href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> represent href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> threat href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 217 href=/profile//> cm href=/profile//> (7'2) href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> should. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> reason href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> recent href=/profile//> injury, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> progress href=/profile//> seen href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> him" href=/profile//> Indeed, href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> fills href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> prototype href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> rules href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> minds: href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> skilled href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> gifted href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> stroke, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> soft, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> unathletic. href=/profile//>

To href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> honest, href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> can't href=/profile//> forget href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> injury. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> watching href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> looking href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> recovered, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> seem href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> improved href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> bit href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> spite href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> stats href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> eventually href=/profile//> get, href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> nowhere href=/profile//> near href=/profile//> ready, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> considering href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> youth href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> stock href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> low, href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> placed href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> season's href=/profile//> late href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> round.

 
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