|Jan Vesely decided to enter the 2011 NBA Draft after declining to enter the draft last season. Returning to the Partizan league for another year, he averaged 10.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg in 23 mpg.|
|What they're saying:
Draft Express: He has terrific size and length for a small forward at 6-11 and couples that with incredible explosiveness. He looks a lot more confident in trying to utilize his athleticism as of late. He's gaining a reputation for being somewhat of a Blake Griffin-type spectacle at this level, doing things that people just aren't accustomed to seeing in European basketball.
ESPN: Vesely is a terrific athlete who has played major minutes on a Euroleague team the past two seasons. He has already announced he'll be in the draft. Many scouts think he's the most NBA-ready European player out there and a likely top-10 pick.
NBADraft.net: Possesses a terrific combination of size and length for the SF position ... Offensively, he improved his low post game and is looking to post up more this year; he can post up smaller defenders and uses his height advantage to score over defenders; has a height/length advantage on almost every player in Europe ... Jan has good motor and excellent ability to run the floor (most of his points are off of dunks, put-backs and points in transition) ... Good hands around the basket ... Facing up to the basket, he is able to get to the rim quickly due to his quickness and good first step. Very explosive off the floor when attacking the bucket and finishes strong ... As a shooter he improved since last year and feels more confident taking shots outside the 3pt line and creating off the dribble; his mechanics and follow-through look fluid; good elevation on his shot ... If he catches the ball and his feet are set and pointed towards the basket he usually will knock down shots ... Defensively he is good, thanks to his length and can guard multiple positions ... His lateral quickness is impressive for his size and he does a solid job at moving his feet (good P&R defender and closes well on the perimeter staying in front of guards) ... Plays with lot of emotion ... A competitive player that hustles for loose balls and brings energy on the court ...
MyNBADraft: Vesely is very athletic with tremendous leaping ability. Very active around the rim, as far as blocking and contesting shots. Has the ability to be a small forward in the NBA....great range on his jumper that extends to three point range. Has that European swagger that allows him to play with a high motor......seems to have that competitor's edge, to never give up. Vesely becomes a nightmare matchup when he takes big guys out on the perimeter and simply abuses them with a impressive first step, followed by a crossover, or a vicious dunk.
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