H: 6' 9"|
W: 205 lbs
(24 Years Old)
Current: SF/PF |
Hometown: Split, Croatia
The most productive player on a well-coached, talented KK Split team, Filip Najev is intriguing because of his versatility and size.
Najev's physical tools are pretty solid. He stands around 6-9 with an excellent body, long arms and good (but not great) athleticism. He's quick off his feet and runs the court well, but he is not overly explosive and may struggle to translate his physical dominance under the basket to the senior level if he doesn't continue to polish his skills.
Najev likes to play in the post, where he has good hands, nice footwork and a strong touch around the rim--particularly with a swooping hook shot he likes to go to. He gets to the free throw line at a good rate (thanks to his aggressiveness) and has a nice feel for getting his shot off. He also has the ability to step away from the basket and make shots from the perimeter, even if he struggled in this area somewhat in Paris. He shows good mechanics and has a high arc on his shot.
Defensively, Najev competes in the paint, but his average lateral quickness limits his ability to step out onto the perimeter. Considering his size, and the fact that he'll likely have to transition to the power forward position down the road, this is something he must work on.