By Jonathan Givony, for NBA.com
Posted Jun 9 2009 9:36AM
TREVISO, Italy -- The 2009 Reebok Eurocamp is officially in the books, and NBA teams now move to their next destination: the highly anticipated group workout sessions hosted by the New Jersey Nets.
Patrick Mills could be a solid pick late in the first round.
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The Eurocamp served a variety of purposes for all 30 NBA teams in attendance here, which included general managers such as Danny Ainge (Celtics), Steve Kerr (Suns) and Donnie Walsh (Knicks). NBA coaches such as Mike D'Antoni (Knicks) and Jay Triano (Raptors) and dozens of other scouts were also in attendance.
This is first of all a weeding out process, allowing teams to quickly see a huge chunk of the available prospects in this Draft, and properly evaluate how to rank them on their individual draft boards. It also gives them a headstart on future drafts, getting a valuable first glance at many of the international prospects that will become candidates for their teams down the road.
This is also a chance to meet with all the top coaches and executives in European basketball, an opportunity to forge relationships that could become invaluable.
From our perspective, it's an opportunity to mingle with a large number of NBA personnel in a very small gym, exchanging information, seeing how their draft boards stack up with ours, and trying to get a better handle on how they see things shaking out on June 25th.
Over the course of the past three days, there were a number of players that separated themselves from the pack, solidifying themselves as legitimate draft prospects, or etching their names in scouting notes to keep an eye on next year and beyond.
Point Guard: Patrick Mills, 6-foot-1, Australia
Mills may have been a bit inconsistent in terms of his playmaking skills and perimeter shooting, but he left a strong impression with his blazing speed, terrific ball-handling skills and excellent mid-range game, which had some teams comparing him to Aaron Brooks. Mills likely stays in the Draft now, and could be a solid pick late in the first round or early in the second.
Shooting Guard: Nando De Colo, 6-foot-5, France
No guard showed better court vision or more creativity with the ball in his hands than Frenchman Nando De Colo. He has great size for either guard position, and was very crafty getting defenders off-balance and finding room to release his terrific pull-up mid-range jumper. Major question marks remain about his ability to defend a position in the NBA, but De Colo helped himself as much as any prospect in Treviso this weekend. He is likely to be picked somewhere in the second round.
Small Forward: Jonas Jerebko, 6-foot-9, Sweden
The Swedish small forward only played one game after just being eliminated from the Italian league playoff semifinals, but was able to make his presence felt in a major way on both ends of the court. His terrific size and length on the perimeter immediately stood out, and he was able to make shots effectively and play his typical brand of outstanding defense -- looking very much like the polished pro that he is. Jerebko has a chance to sneak into the first round with strong workouts over the next 2 1/2 weeks.
Power Forward: Vladimir Dasic, 6-foot-9, Montegero
Dasic was somewhat up and down throughout his camp, but no one will deny the talent that this athletic combo forward brings to the table. His ability to beat players off the dribble, make shots in pull-up or spot-up fashion and defend multiple positions makes him a very intriguing prospect. Dasic is a likely second-round pick who may still pull out of the draft by the early-entry deadline on the 15th.
Center: Slava Kravtsov, 7-foot, Ukraine
Although not as productive as some other players on the offensive end, Kravtsov is intriguing as a prospect due to the fact that he's well built and an extremely long 7-footer with above average athleticism and a good deal of potential still left to be tapped into. He was a solid presence throughout the weekend as both a shot-blocker and offensive rebounder, and likely gets drafted in the second round by some team looking to take a flyer on a European player they can stash overseas for a couple of years.
Patrick Beverley, 6-1, Point Guard, USA Sergei Gladyr, 6-5, Shooting Guard, Ukraine Alexey Shved, 6-6, Shooting Guard, Russia Tomas Satoransky, 6-7, Small Forward, Czech Republic Pablo Aguilar, 6-8, Power Forward, Spain
Jonathan Givony is President and Director of Scouting of Draft Express. The opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the writer.
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