|Team: VEF Riga|
H: 6' 9"|
W: 225 lbs
(23 Years Old)
|Agent: Misko Raznatovic ||
Hometown: Knin, Croatia
A physically impressive player with a fairly versatile skill-set, Nemanja Bezbradica looks like one of the few big men at this competition who is virtually guaranteed to have a long and successful career at the senior level.
Slightly undersized at around 6-8, but with a strong frame, solid length and nice athleticism to compensate, Bezbradica is a tough and aggressive power forward who gets the job done on both ends of the floor. He runs the floor hard in transition, can play above the rim, puts the ball on the floor, and shows the ability to make shots from the perimeter, albeit somewhat inconsistently. In the post, Bezbradica mainly relies on his strength and aggressiveness. Using his body fairly well, he lacks an extensive back to the basket arsenal. His shot-selection and decision making isn't always the best, as evidenced in the finals, where he seemed to force the issue somewhat.
Defensively, Bezbradica shows the ability to make his presence felt both inside and out. He has quick enough feet to step out and hedge screens on the perimeter, and is pretty physical inside the paint, even if he may lack some size here for the highest level.
Bezbradica lacks the elite skill-set or feel for the game to be regarded a top-shelf prospect, and there are still some question marks about the extent of his upside considering his average size and already-mature frame. Still, players with his physical attributes, toughness, aggressiveness and versatility are not easy to come by, which is why we're sure to see him playing at a high-level down the road, where we'll better be able to evaluate his NBA potential.
Likely the best performer on an otherwise disappointing Serbian squad, Nemanja Bezbradica confirmed most of the things we saw from him in our trip to Belgrade last February, and added to many of them.
With his solid size, very good athleticism and excellent body, Bezbradica was one of the more physically gifted big men seen in Hamburg. He's not an exceptionally skilled player at this point, but he's an extremely hard worker who plays with great toughness and energy and shows enough flashes of an all-around game to keep you intrigued about his development down the road.
Bezbradica tries to do all kinds of things offensively—whether it's putting ball the ball on the floor from the perimeter, shooting jumpers or posting up aggressively inside—with mixed results. His basketball IQ isn't very high at this stage, but it's nice to see him try to put his physical tools to good use on the court. Clearly his decision-making skills need some work—as does his 43% free throw shooting—but there is plenty to build on down the road.
Defensively, Bezbradica has great potential. He's big enough and tough enough to guard most post players and mobile enough to step out and hedge screens on the perimeter when called upon. He's not afraid to use his body and is willing to dive on the floor for loose balls. He was also one of the better rebounders and shot blockers at this tournament.
Clearly Bezbradica's a player we'll be seeing more of at the international level over the next few years.
Not looking anything like your typical 16-year old with his incredibly chiseled frame, power forward Nemanja Bezbradica slowly but surely emerged as one of the most intriguing big men at this tournament as the week progressed.
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