The Atlantic Sun Player of the Year last season and top returning scorer in the NCAA, Adnan Hodzic may not look like a NBA prospect, but his numbers speak for themselves. Amongst the most prolific scorers and rebounders in the country, the senior epitomizes the bull in a china shop tag often used to label gritty, powerful post scorers. Hailing from Sarajevo, Bosnia, Hodzic spent his high high school days playing next to Eric Gordon at perennial power North Central HS in Indianapolis.
Steadily developing his game in each of his three years at Lipscomb, Hodzic was often overshadowed during his time playing on the high school and AAU circuits by the bevy of talent in Indiana. Standing 6'9 with an extremely powerful build and outstanding physical strength, the senior has grown from a rugged rebounder who coasted at times defensively to an elite small-conference post scorer with a terrific motor. While his size, style of play, and lack of outstanding quickness and leaping ability project him as a severely undersized center at the NBA level, Hodzic has held his own against all levels of competition in the NCAA.
The name of the game for Hodzic offensively is brute strength. He establishes deep position in the post essentially whenever he wants to thanks to his tremendously strong lower body and runs the lane lines with purpose when his team pushes the tempo offensively. With nearly two-thirds of his touches coming in back to the basket situations, Hodzic is effective operating over both shoulders though he prefers to turn over his left so he can use his right-handed hook shot. Using his strength to bully his way to the rim with a single dribble or simply sealing his man when the entry pass is thrown, the talented senior shows great touch around the basket and is very decisive, even if more athletic defenders block his shot periodically.
Past his tremendous finishing ability and touch around the rim, Hodzic doesn't show much more on the offensive end. He took a very small sample size of shots away from the immediate vicinity of the rim, and while his free throw percentage isn't abysmal, it is obvious that he could stand to improve his shooting ability to help him take better advantage of the his ability to get to the line at a good rate.
Lacking much in the way of agility, Hodzic lacks some of the tools NBA scouts look for in a power forward, which raises some red flags about his potential. Early season matchups against the likes of Tyler Zeller of North Carolina, Perry Jones of Baylor, and JaMychal Green of Alabama should shed some light on what Hodzic can offer against players with NBA size and athleticism. There's no doubting what Hodzic has proven in the college game, but his transition to the next level may be a hard one. His size and lack of great athleticism could limit him in multiple facets of the game, though he does offer some impressive area rebounding ability.
Defensively, Hodzic is a solid defender in the Atlantic Sun due to his ability to prevent his man from establishing position on the block. He does a good job attempting to force more athletic offensive players into jump shots, but offers no shot-blocking presence down low and gets beat off the dribble by quicker players when he ventures too far away from the rim.
A prime candidate for the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Hodzic will be an interesting player to follow throughout this season and the draft process. He is not a flashy player by any stretch of the imagination, but he gets the job done. His ability to show that he can still make an impact against NBA caliber athletes will answer questions about his quality of competition and dictate the legitimacy of his draft prospects. Regardless, he's a name to keep an eye on as he'll be amongst the top scorers in the NCAA this season.