H: 6' 10"|
W: 220 lbs
(22 Years Old)
Current: PF |
Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia
The second leading scorer of the NIJT Belgrade champions, Ivan Marinkovic is a raw, but talented big man who shows intriguing physical attributes and scoring instincts.
Standing 6-10, with an outstanding frame that should fill out nicely in time, as well as long arms and excellent mobility, Marinkovic has many of the things you can't teach.
He's a fluid big man with soft hands and nice footwork, looking very comfortable creating his own shot in the paint, and being capable of stepping out and knocking down a soft mid-range jumper as well. Marinkovic has good touch around the basket and is able to score with either hand making him a solid option to throw the ball to in the post, especially considering his ability to finish with ease around the rim. He executed a number of impressive spin-moves over the course of the weekend, showing a nice first step, good body control, and wherewithal around the basket.
As he continues to fill out and hopefully gets tougher, he should be able to emerge as a solid post-up threat, which will compliment his budding face-up skills. Right now he misses too many easy looks around the rim due to his lack of strength and tendency for avoiding contact. He doesn't set very good screens, but looks like a solid overall teammate.
Defensively, Marinkovic has plenty of room to improve. He is an active and willing defender, but lacks strength and fundamentals, particularly off the ball, where he often plays with his arms down. Marinkovic is not a great rebounder, as he doesn't box out particularly well and lacks some toughness pursuing loose balls. Despite his nice length, he doesn't appear to have very big hands, which combined with his underdeveloped frame and at times soft demeanor make it difficult for him to compete with more physically developed big men.
Marinkovic is already a part of Red Star's senior team, and thus practices with them regularly and will even see some occasional minutes in garbage time. He still has a long ways to go physically and skill-wise to be able to see consistent playing time at the Adriatic League level, but has all the tools to get there down the road.