One of the biggest surprises in this years Euroleague was the (unexpected) emergence of this Slovenian guard. Born in 1991, Sarajlija has taken advantage of the departures of Jonathan Wallace
and Vlado Ilievski
to prove himself able to perform at decent level in the Euroleague (enough to average 6.5 points per game despite his logical inconsistency). Meanwhile, he had time to join Olimpijas junior squad and lead the Citta di Roma tournament in scoring.
Sarajlija is much more of a scoring playmaker than a pure distributor. Relying on a very nice shooting touch, he shows excellent ability to pull up the ball off the dribble in a variety of ranges and modes (at the junior category he can even fire off post-up situations). A solid ball-handler, he can attack his match-ups with both hands, although he feels particularly comfortable going left, and sometimes pulls a nice crossover move to make things easier for him, as hes not quite explosive enough to beat his opponents at will. Although he usually settles for the mid-range jumper, he might eventually go all the way to the basket, showcasing some decent athleticism and interesting ability to finish around the rim with his right hand (he rarely uses his left). Indeed, he doesnt look like a soft player, just a little bit in love with his jumper.
Considering hes strictly a point guard size-wise, his passing is not precisely the most intriguing characteristic of his game. He can do the basics (feed decently continuations in the pick and roll, dish the ball out of penetrations, or find the open man on the perimeter in clear situations), but he will rarely come up with truly creative solutions.
Anyway, we have to point out that Sarajlija doesnt look like a top prospect in the making. Hes a bit undersized at 6-1, not greatly athletic, and doesnt appear to be incredibly talented, but rather a nice youngster for the European scene.