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Prospect Profile

Jan Vesely

  • Full Name: Jan Vesely
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-11 / 239
  • Birthdate: April 24, 1990
  • College: Partizan (Adriatic League)
Washington Wizards Round 1: Pick 6

Strengths:

  * Great size and length
  * Very athletic, runs well, good jumper (known for his dunking prowess)
  * Stroke looks right but he gets inconsistent results
  * Great ability to finish on the break and dangerous slasher/cutter offensively
  * Willing defender, competes

Weaknesses:

  * One-on-one defense vs. smaller/quicker forwards
  * Inconsistent shooter beyond the 3-point line
  * Needs strength to play the 4 consistently
 

NBA projection:
With the right team he could be a nice addition and a difficult match-up.  He can defend 4's and play 3/4 offensively. With his upside and athleticism, ability to play over the rim and his transition game, plus a more than decent outside shot, he should be a lottery pick in the NBA draft.

2010-11 season:
Expected to declare in last year draft as lock top 10 pick, he decided to stay in Partizan one more year to improve his game and gain experience. Has started showing improvement with his back to the basket and is slowly showing improvement beyond the 3-point line. 

Key statistic:
2010-11 Partizan – Adriatic League: 23 mpg, 10.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.4 apg. FG 71%, 3PT 28%, FT 55%
Partizan – Euroleague: 26 mpg, 10.1ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.1apg. FG 60%, 3PT 35%, FT 44% 

Cool statistic:
He was a key player in Partizan's successful road to last year's Euroleague Final Four in Paris. He sealed a double-double (13 points and 10 rebounds) in the dramatic-ending semifinal game against Olympiacos.

Reminds me of:
Andrei Kirilenko

What the Experts Say:
FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin
"I have been following Jan Vesely’s progress in the last few year's and I have the feeling he'll give us all plenty of reasons to keep a close eye on him for many years to come. He is that rare kind of player that can play in any position, a natural basketball talent."

Current contract and team:
Partizan (Adriatic League and Euroleague)

Chris Denker and Carl Berman are Managing Partners of NetScouts Basketball, "The International Basketball Connection."
 

Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)
Adriatic League
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2007-08 21 10.7 36 65 .554 16 24 .667 1.6 0.4 0.3 0.3 94 4.5
2008-09 26 16.5 45 87 .517 31 46 .674 3.2 1.1 0.8 0.7 124 4.8
2009-10 28 22.0 87 153 .569 49 76 .645 3.5 1.0 1.0 0.5 236 8.4
2010-11 26 23.1 99 162 .611 58 107 .542 4.4 1.3 1.1 0.7 267 10.3
Totals 101 18.5 267 467 .572 154 253 .609 3.2 1.0 0.8 0.6 721 7.1
Three-point field goals: 2007-08, 6-for-16 (.375); 2008-09, 3-for-20 (.150); 2009-10, 13-for-40 (.325); 2010-11, 11-for-39 (.282). Totals: 33-for-115 (.287).
Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana - Slovenian League
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2007-08 22 9.0 24 48 .500 37 45 .822 2.2 0.3 0.4 0.1 108 4.9
Three-point field goals: 5-for-16 (.313).
Partizan Belgrade - Serbian League
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2008-09 15 20.1 21 37 .568 34 43 .791 2.9 0.9 1.1 0.9 92 6.1
2009-10 18 19.4 53 91 .582 66 90 .733 2.6 1.4 0.7 0.4 178 7.7
2010-11 11 21.4 42 78 .538 24 61 .393 5.4 2.1 0.5 0.6 114 10.4
Totals 44 20.1 116 206 .563 124 194 .639 3.4 1.4 0.8 0.6 384 8.7
Three-point field goals: 2008-09, 2-for-8 (.250); 2009-10, 6-for-28 (.214); 2010-11, 6-for-18 (.333). Totals: 14-for-54 (.259).
Partizan Belgrade - Euroleague
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2008-09 17 19.9 30 58 .517 21 39 .538 3.4 0.4 0.5 0.3 82 4.8
2009-10 22 24.8 66 120 .550 40 64 .625 4.9 1.4 0.7 0.5 184 8.4
2010-11 15 27.0 59 110 .536 24 54 .444 3.6 1.1 1.3 0.9 152 10.1
Totals 54 23.9 155 288 .538 85 157 .541 4.1 1.0 0.8 0.5 418 7.7
Three-point field goals: 2008-09, 1-for-18 (.056); 2009-10, 12-for-30 (.400); 2010-11, 10-for-28 (.357). Totals: 23-for-76 (.303).

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