|DraftExpress: Mini-surprise brewing-FMP up 37-28 on Zagreb late 2nd quarter.Again Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin & Nemanja Bezbradica carrying the load #NIJT|
|DraftExpress: 24 seconds left, tie game 76-76. #NIJT. Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin has been the man for FMP. Really stepping up, showing his experience.|
|DraftExpress: FMP beat USK like a drum 87-56. Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin w/22+9. Miljenovic 15+5. Tomas Kyzlink 15+6. Olimpija-INSEP up next #NIJT|
|DraftExpress: Very physical game between FMP & Partizan. Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin doing a really nice job scoring in many different ways 34-26 FMP #NIJT|
|DraftExpress: Game over. FMP 88 - Partizan 69. Nenad Miljenovic 17 pts, 7 rebs, 9 ass, 6 TOs, 3 stls. Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin 26 pts, 10 rebs. #NIJT|
H: 6' 7"|
W: 200 lbs
(20 Years Old)
|Rank 36 in International '93 ||
Hometown: Skopje, Macedonia
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February 25, 2011
The leading scorer for FMP, Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin played a very solid tournament that surely increased his standing in the eyes of European basketball talent evaluators.
6-7, with an excellent frame, nice length and solid mobility, Popovski-Turanjanin has good physical tools for European basketball. Left-handed, he displays a fairly complete game for a player his age, even if he lacks great athleticism or the elite scoring instincts to emerge as a top-shelf prospect.
Offensively, Popovski-Turanjanin is first and foremost an excellent shooter, making over 50% of his attempts from beyond the arc at this tournament. He shoots a flat-footed jumper that is very consistent when he has a chance to set his feet, and shows good shot-selection. Seeing extensive minutes at the power forward spot for FMP, he has some capacity to score in the post thanks to his mature frame, soft touch, and solid competitiveness. As a shot-creator, he's somewhat limited, not showing great ball-handling skills and having a tougher time operating with his right hand, even if he can make some plays off the dribble from time to time. An unselfish player with a nice feel for the game, he plays within a team concept like all of FMP's players and is a solid passer.
Defensively, it's difficult to draw too many long-term conclusions about Popovski-Turanjanin's potential from what we saw at this tournament. Guarding strictly power forwards (none of whom were particularly dynamic) but projecting as a small forward down the road, Popovski-Turanjanin has good length, strength and competitiveness, but may lack a degree of lateral quickness on the perimeter. He did a great job on the glass for FMP, though, on both ends of the floor.
A player who should carve out a nice career in European basketball, making the transition to playing on the perimeter full-time should be Popovski-Turanjanin's biggest priority moving forward.
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