Marko Pecarski, 6-9, PF, Serbia, 2000
-Solid size for a power forward at around 6' 9. Huge feet. Could still add another inch or two. Not a big body but he's wide-shouldered and should be able to fill out in time.
-One of the most skilled scoring bigs that the U16 Euros has seen in recent memory. Pecarski put together a historical performance on his way to a 37.1 PER and 28.4 points per 40 minutes on 52.5% from two and 38.5% from three.
-Elite offensive polish as a scorer. Can torch defenses in a variety of ways. Combination of shooting ability, footwork and overall touch make him nearly an impossible cover at the U16 level.
-Can space the floor out to three either as a spot up man or in pick and pop situations. Shoots a really easy ball. Comes off of his fingertips very naturally. Strong finish on his follow through. Excellent rotation.
-A threat as a short roller because he can shoot it, find a teammate (when he wants to) or put it down one or two times to score. Pecarski can make a one-dribble pull up or finish with either hand around the rim.
-Has a mid-post package that is quite impressive. Uses shot fakes, rip throughs, inside pivots and jabs all to set up his offensive attack. Shows solid fluidity on spin moves. Can make a one-footed Dirk-like fallaway.
-Comfortable with his back to the basket. Soft hands. Very patient. Can make a right handed jump hook. Capable over his right shoulder as well.
-Although he wants buckets more than assists, he shows some poise and vision on the block. Quite deliberate and calculated in his approach.
-Excellent instincts on the glass. Not a freak athlete but is quick to the ball. Anticipates misses off the rim. Knows how to box out. 17.0 rebounds per 40 minutes, #1 at the U16s.
-Very professional in his approach. Father was a well-known player.
-Doesn't have elite size or length for a power forward at 6' 9 with a 6.8.5 wingspan.
-Not a great athlete. Mobile but lacks quick-twitch explosiveness. Doesn't cover ground all that quickly. So skilled, but will his effectiveness start to take a hit versus longer, more athletic bigs? Not very explosive off the dribble. Not going to sky and play above the rim regularly.
-Doesn't give you a ton on the defensive end. A bit upright defending ball screens. Struggles versus perimeter oriented bigs.
-More focused on grabbing rebounds than protecting the rim. Not all that quick or explosive off of his feet from a standstill.
-Should fill out just fine but is on the light side at the moment. Has some issues holding his own on the block against bulky bigs. Could use another inch or two to help him defensively. A little light in the rear and lower body.
-Has some feel but wants to score more than distribute (hard to blame him given how tremendously efficient he was scoring the ball at the U16s).
-Will his rebounding translate versus longer athletes? Average length and standstill leaping may hurt him a bit.
Thanks to a barrage of contested threes, one-dribble pull ups, Dirk-esque fallaways, tough finishes and monster rebounds, it didn't take too long to realize that Pecarski was the best player (although not prospect) at the U16s in Radom. The 6' 9 Serbian big man displayed a level of skill that's almost unheard of for a 16-year-old, and the rate at which he's polished his game since we last saw him at the Jordan Brand Classic is extremely impressive. There's no question that Pecarski has some physical limitations that might hinder his long-term upside slightly, but his skill set, production and approach to the game make him one of the most intriguing prospects at the U16s. It will be interesting to see how Pecarski parlays this historic performance. One thing is for sure wherever Pecarski ends up, he's well ahead of his peers in terms of skill development and the son of former Euroleague champion Miroslav Pecarski should be able to build on his very bright future.