|LíHospitalet 2008: Itís a Big World|
January 16, 2008
Having already gained some experience with Pamesaís first team in the ULEB Cup, the Bulgarian point guard easily stood out as the leader of the junior team, showcasing some improved abilities. Avramov features a very interesting mix of physical gifts and talent to play the game. Heís quite big, probably near 6-5, and enjoys an excellent frame, a nice wingspan and solid athleticism.
Although distributing the ball wasnít supposed to be one of his strengths, Avramov looked more focused in LíHospitalet then he had in the past, taking better care of the ball, sharing it with his teammates, or working to create opportunities through the drive and dish. His beloved flashy (and risky) passes didnít show up often here, playing more of an orthodox game, but also more effective. Still, he needs to keep improving with the way he distributes the ball, sets the team tempo, and finds the right rhythm for the offense, but heís on the right path.
Heís probably more focused and comfortable running the point because his ball-handling skills also looked improved. He could regularly beat his opponents attacking both ways, and relying on his dribbling ability, nice quickness and body to protect the ball in order to advance past his defender. Not showing much of a mid-range game, Avramov either looks for the layup or the pass. He enjoys solid court vision and easily finds his open teammates. Another big source of scoring for him is his perimeter stroke. Although staying a bit more erratic than in the last summer, he did connect on a number of long-range shots, even in off-the-dribble mode. With his superior size, itís certainly a comfortable option for him.
It was very nice to see Avramov always stay positive on the court. Heís reportedly a good kid, always willing to joke with his mates, and he was the one cheering the team on when things went wrong, trying to keep everybody mentally in the game, and showing some leadership skills in the process.
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Roundup: Markoishvili on Fire
November 27, 2007
Bozhidar Avramov, a 1990-born point guard from Bulgaria featured here on DraftExpress during the U-18 European Championships, played his first meaningful minutes at a high European level this past week. Signed by the Spanish team Pamesa Valencia, heís provisionally replacing the injured Vule Avdalovic on the roster. It happened in the ULEB Cup game against Anwil Wloclawek, an easy victory for the Spanish squad that allowed the Avramov to get some burn. While seeming to belong in terms of his physical and athletic profile (heís a well-built 6-5 playmaker with solid athleticism), he looked pretty lost on the court, unable to get anything done for the team, unable to find his teammates with any consistency, and much too tentative. However, he came up with a couple of highlight plays, both in slashing situations. The first was an and-one layup that showcased nice toughness; the second one, a rather spectacular dunk. Heís a player to follow, and hopefully weíll have the chance to watch him extensively in the LíHospitalet Tournament early in January.
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U-18 European Championship: The Playmakers
September 8, 2007
One of the few interesting players in Bulgaria was this tall point guard standing somewhere around 6-5. Well-built, actually with broader shoulders than you expect from a point guard, decently athletic, itís surprising to see that heís still a 1990 born playmaker. Standing out due to his passing game, Avramov is actually too in love with his court vision and regularly goes for flashy assists, in no-look fashion, behind the back or doing similar stuff. Itís not always effective, but itís true that the kid can really see the floor. However, heís yet to become a solid distributor, as he needs to improve his ball-handling and, at the same time, his ability to dribble under pressure and also take his opponents off the dribble. Otherwise, he will hardly be able to execute his distribution duties properly. Meanwhile, he already shows a decent perimeter stroke, eventually even in off-the-dribble fashion.
Considering that Bulgaria managed stay in Division A and the intriguing crop of players born in 1990 they enjoy, it will be extremely interesting to watch them competing next year at this level, but with significantly higher expectations. Avramov will surely have to step up to answer the challenge.
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