|Team: NON-NBA College Team:
H: 6' 11"|
W: 226 lbs
(30 Years Old)
|Agent: David Bauman ||
Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia
|Year||Source||Height w/o Shoes||Height w/shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat||No Step Vert||Max Vert|
|2007||NBA Pre-Draft Camp||6' 9"||6' 10.75"||226||6' 11.75"||8' 10"||9.8||23.0||28.0|
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Orlando Pre-Draft Camp: Day Three|
June 1, 2007
Ivan Radenovic had a decent game, missing on both of his three-point attempts, but making some very smart passes throughout the game, netting four assists in the process, getting them in a variety of ways. He made a couple of post-to-post assists with great quickness, barely even looking at his teammate before making the dish through both his and his teammate’s defender. He also made some other nice passes within his team’s offense, getting his other assists in that fashion, just off solid ball movement.
As for the rest of his game, Radenovic made a nice left-handed hook shot off the glass on a spin move in the lane, and scored a lay-up on a cut to the basket on another possession. Defensively, Radenovic wasn’t able to make much of an impact coming from the weakside, even though he consistently made the right rotations. He lacks in explosiveness, which often leaves him swatting for the ball but being unable to alter his opponent’s shot when he tries to make a block. In terms of post defense, Radenovic did a better job, playing some nice man-to-man defense on Rashaun Freeman, forcing him into tough shots by holding his position on the block and not allowing him past.
Radenovic has a chance to get drafted, and he can turn into a decent role player in the NBA, but if he doesn’t, he should be a very good big man in Europe, possessing the passing and outside shooting skills that the European style of play favor.
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Orlando Pre-Draft Camp: Day Two
May 30, 2007
10 points in 19 minutes was a nice start for Ivan Radenovic, but pulling down 0 rebounds in that span is simply unacceptable for a 6-10 NBA prospect. He did a nice job knocking down jump-shots in this game (including an NBA 3-pointer), but will need to show other parts of his game as well in order to have any chance at impressing the scouts in attendance.
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NCAA Tournament: Stock Watch (round of 64, Friday games)--Down/Neutral
March 16, 2007
Ivan Radenovic played a hard-fought game, but it wasn’t enough in the end, as Carl Landry overshadowed him in the most important matchup of the evening. Radenovic ended his collegiate career on a bad note as he was cold from the perimeter and outrebounded by Purdue’s big men.
Radenovic started the game slowly, giving up position on the low block to Landry for an easy layup and missing two wide open jumpers – one from mid-range, and another from beyond the arc. He was assertive, but not forcing things, and in contrast to the rest of the Wildcats, actually played within the flow of the offense. Radenovic did a good job moving the ball around and not turning it over. He scored some points in the traffic on pick and roll plays with Mustafa Shakur, but generally struggled finishing around the basket, missing quite a few shots that a 6-foot-10 player should make with ease, as his lack of vertical explosiveness hurts him greatly in this department. On the defensive end, Ivan did all the little things that made him indispensible for Lute Olsen all season long. He played good help defense, rotated properly and altered shots. However, when matched up against Carl Landry, he didn’t fare well. Landry’s strength clearly bothered him, as he was unable to box-out properly, allowing Landry to come up with numerous offensive rebounds.
While Radenovic will be certainly disappointed with the outcome of this game, we didn’t find out anything that we didn’t know already about him. His physical limitations are obvious, but he has a fairly good skill-set and does all the little things that coaches appreciate. As of right now, Radenovic looks like a solid 2nd round pick and his stock shouldn’t be greatly affected by this tournament or over the next few months if NBA personnel have truly been paying attention to everything he does on the floor.
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NCAA Weekly Performers-- 3/8/2007, Part One
March 8, 2007
Ivan Radenovic put together a career game in helping Arizona hold off Stanford in overtime this past weekend. The versatile power forward had a career high scoring performance, as well as a season high in assists. He had equally impressive first and second halves, showing his full offensive arsenal, and playing a huge role in overtime, scoring 6 of Arizona’s final 7 points.
As has been the case all season, Radenovic was able to score both inside and out. Typically when on the perimeter he likes to float around behind the play, waiting to step up and shoot from beyond the arc, but against Stanford he was much more aggressive moving without the ball. Radenovic set himself up for some easy looks thanks to cuts in the lane as well as running the baseline well. Not fast enough to create much space against quicker perimeter players, Radenovic likes to run the pick and roll, typically stepping back after the screen to give himself an open look.
A very encouraging sign was how aggressive and effective Radenovic was driving to the basket. When catching the ball beyond the three point line this season, he has at times it seems done everything in his power to keep from driving to the basket, often forcing up very tough shots. On Saturday however, he was driving from all over the court and finishing strong. At times during the season, Radenovic has had trouble finishing his drives strong because stronger players muscle him when he gets into the lane. At 244 pounds, he is a solid weight for an NBA power forward, but he needs to get stronger in the upper body to deal with the contact he will face in the paint.
What Radenovic does at times to deal with the contact he faces inside is to pull up on the dribble. It is rare to see a 6-10 college player able to hit the pull up jumper, but Radenovic certainly has the ability to do so. His mid-range shot is somewhat streaky at times and he will need to improve upon his consistency in the future, but the potential is certainly there.
What separates Radenovic from most post players that can step outside is all of the little things he does well, and these were on display against Stanford. He runs the floor very well for a player his size, but he also runs with a sense of purpose. Radenovic oftentimes will trail the break up court and look to spot up at the top of the key, where he shoots nearly 40% from beyond the arc. He is a good open floor dribbler for a big man, and is capable of grabbing a rebound and taking the ball right down to the other end of the floor. He is also a very good screener, which Arizona uses a tremendous amount on offense, often running several players off of his screens each time down the court.
When it comes down to it, Radenovic is just a very hardworking, fundamentally sound player. He is an average athlete for a big man, not being the quickest of players by any stretch. He is a very smart player in the post, though, relying on his basketball IQ more often than not to score points in the paint. He prefers to face up to the basket down low, relying on his spin move and soft touch to score in the post. Radenovic’s problem down low is not getting physical enough with the ball. Often times stronger players are able to keep him in check down low because he doesn’t create enough space for himself by bumping his defender. When this happens Radenovic is often forced into taking tough angle shots or pulling up for a contested jump shot.
Defensively, Radenovic is a question mark for the next level. He plays fantastic help defense for a post player, relying on his good speed for a big man to cut ball handlers off and deflect a fair number of passes. It is his one on one post defense that is suspect. At 6-10, Radenovic certainly has ample size for the power forward position in the NBA, but he isn’t very strong inside. The concern is that bigger forwards would be able to back him down and score with ease, especially since Radenovic lacks great leaping ability to block or alter shots. On the defensive glass he does a solid job (he averages over 7 total rebounds per game) not by jumping over players, but simply by working harder than them and anticipating the trajectory of the ball.
Radenovic has the fundamental skills and the work ethic to be a player at the professional level, the only question mark is his athleticism. He has a good shot for a player his size and plays very well within his team. A solid showing at the summer camps could potentially raise his stock from an early second round pick to possibly a late first rounder. Regardless of what happens, he’s going to find a niche for himself somewhere since he’s the type of player that coaches love.
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Weekly Top Performers (12/12): Part 1
December 13, 2006
Radenovic had a terrific all-around game, but his performance in the first half was exceptionally noteworthy—scoring 16 points and pulling down 6 rebounds in 18 minutes of action. He showed off his entire arsenal of skills, starting with his excellent stroke from the perimeter, moving off the ball beautifully and finding the creases in the defense, and hitting spot-up and pull-up jumpers from mid-range and behind the 3-point line. He was extremely aggressive both on the offensive glass and with his back to the basket, and was rewarded for his effort by getting to the free throw line 10 times. On the other end of the floor, he moved his feet fairly well and went out of his area on a number of occasions to counter the jumbo-sized frontcourt Louisville threw Arizona’s way.
Radenovic did a great job setting the tone for his team by facilitating Arizona’s offense from the high-post, finding open cutters with his excellent court vision, setting screens, putting the ball on the floor and making his way to the basket when defenders closed off the angle for his shot, even going glass on one occasions after utilizing a nifty pump-fake. One sequence in particular emphasized perfectly what Radenovic’s importance to his team truly is. With his team up mid-way through the 2nd half, Lute Olsen decided to give his senior a moment to catch his breath on the bench. Arizona responded by looking like they were completely on the verge of falling apart almost immediately as he left the floor, throwing up terrible shots on two consecutive possessions and giving up easy baskets on the other end as their team defense disintegrated. Without thinking twice, Olsen yanked Radenovic off the bench and inserted him right back into the game, giving him a grand total of 30 seconds of rest before having seen enough. He has a calming presence on his team that does not show up in the box-score, but should surely be noted by NBA personnel who are trying to find role-players with a winning attitude to bring off their bench.
It’s true that he doesn’t run the floor terribly well, is not super explosive getting off his feet to finish around the basket, and surely lacks some strength both with his back to the basket and defending the post, but you aren’t going to find many more fundamentally sound big guys anywhere in the country. He’s a guy that knows his role and is not going to hurt a team that decides to pick him up as early as the late first round or more likely somewhere in the second.
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Virginia Guards Will Cavaliers Past Arizona
November 13, 2006
Despite the contributions from their extremely talented forwards, the best player on the floor for the Wildcats tonight was their senior and captain Ivan Radenovic. Scoring 24 points on only 8 field goal attempts, Radenovic showed off his entire package of offensive skills. Whether it was knocking down 3-pointers, grabbing offensive rebounds, using his quickness with his back to the basket, or making terrific passes to open shooters spotting up on the wing, Radenovic kept making big play after big play for his team. He set terrific screens, showed nice leadership skills, and generally played extremely hard. His future is anything but set at this point due to his lack of sheer explosiveness, but he’s making a great case for himself to get drafted as a super-solid role player somewhere in the 2nd round. If he doesn’t make it in the NBA on his first go around, he’s going to land himself a long-term seven figure contract with one of the top teams in Europe when it’s all said and done.
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