-Daniel Diez was named the top small forward at this year's camp. The Spanish wing has good size at 6'8 with shoes on, an improving frame, and solid athleticism. He is able to score in a number of ways offensively, as he can shoot the three, runs the floor with purpose, and has a very high basketball IQ. He seems like an excellent prospect for the highest levels of Europe at the least, especially as he's matured from an undersized four to a true small forward. He saw a few minutes for Real Madrid's senior team last season, but spent most of his time with their second team in the EBA. If he continues to improve his shooting mechanics and ball-handling ability, he could emerge as a NBA prospect. Considering he's a 1993-born prospect, he'll have plenty of time to do so. [Read Full Article]
FIBA U-17 World Championships: Top International Prospects August 7, 2010 The best long-term prospect on an extremely disappointing Spanish squad (which shockingly failed to even make the quarterfinals of this tournament after winning the U-16 European Championships last summer), Daniel Diez has the requisite size and skill-set needed to carve out a solid career in his home country.
Standing around 6-9 with a solid frame, long arms and average athleticism, Diez has clearly put in the time to maximize his physical tools. He's a solid finisher, making him an excellent target in the post (for crafty layups) or on the perimeter (where he made shots with nice touch). He doesn't have much of a back-to-the-basket game or any real ball-handling skills, but he is able to get good production thanks to his excellent work on the offensive glass, where he shows nice timing and intelligence pursuing loose balls. A smart, competitive player who isn't going to wow you with amazing upside, Diez will likely be a solid fixture on the Spanish national teams throughout the junior stages, perhaps longer. [Read Full Article]