Height: 6'11" (211 cm)
Weight: 245 lbs (111 kg)
Position: C
Hometown: Sibenik, Croatia
Current Team: Brescia
Win - Loss: 0 - 1


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Jim Hlavac
Jim Hlavac
Matt Williams
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Richard Walker
Richard Walker
Jun 06, 2011, 08:46 am
A 6'11 center hailing from Croatia, Bilan had a very nice season in the Adriatic League in 2011. In the workout we watched, he showed the ability to finish with both hands and solid footwork. He's not a great athlete, but has dramatically improved his ability to hit shots from the perimeter since arriving in Los Angeles. He was a very limited jump shooter early in his career, but appears to have found his stroke. That doesn't guarantee him a NBA future, but is a very notable development for the young big man should he return to the Adriatic League.

2009 U-20 European Championship Review: Bigs

Oct 07, 2009, 09:00 pm
This was somewhat of an inconsistent tournament for Croatian center Miro Bilan, even if he had four really strong games. Bilan has a strong frame, but is just an average athlete, lacking great quickness, not running the floor particularly well, and not showing great balance. Nevertheless, his post skills are quite good, both facing and with his back to the basket, and he’s able to finish with both his right and left hands. Unfortunately he lacks the toughness to be a bit more efficient down low. He doesn’t always show the best hands, but this was often caused more by a lack of intensity and concentration. He actually enjoys quite good ball-handling skills, combined with nice court vision and passing skills, particularly out of the post. When he’s really a part of the game, he’s capable of drawing quite a few fouls too. Facing the basket, he shows potential with his mid-range jumper, but he still has plenty of room to improve in this area.

Defensively he suffered occasional foul trouble and isn’t much of an intimidation threat. He’s quite soft defending the post, often neglecting help side position and showing average awareness off the ball, even if he gave a better impression now than he did a year ago. He does get his share of rebounds, but here also it could be much better with an increased effort, particularly on the defensive glass.

Considering his physical gifts and skill-set, Bilan will always be a coveted target for teams in Europe.

U-18 European Championship: The Bigs

Luis Fernández
Luis Fernández
Sep 05, 2007, 12:57 am
Miro Bilan could barely get off the bench for most of the tournament, but enjoying the chance to play in the very last game, he delivered with an intriguing 16-point performance. To start with, he’s a 6-10 forward, still skinny and physically underdeveloped, but showing a nice frame and good mobility. He made some nice moves off the ball, either in continuations towards the basket off pick-and-roll plays or looking for spaces in the lane. He also showcased a very decent mid-range jumper in spot-up fashion. However, he also looked pretty soft, barely visiting the low post and not being very effective on the defensive end. He’s a raw and unpolished player, that’s for sure.

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