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Prospect Profile

Nikola Vucevic

  • Full Name: Nikola Vucevic
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-10 / 260
  • Birthdate: October 24, 1990
  • College: Southern California
Philadelphia 76ers Round 1: Pick 16

Strengths:

  * Good rebounder
  * Solid face-up game
  * Good touch in the post
  * Works hard
  * Great hands

Weaknesses:

  * Has to get stronger and bigger
  * Needs to become a knockdown 3-point shooter from the NBA line
  * Can he defend quicker 4 men or stronger 5 men?
 

NBA projection:
Though Vucevic will certainly be drafted, opinions are mixed as to whether it will be late in the first round or early in the second. One thing Vucevic has in his favor is that he's still young; he won't turn 21 until October, so an NBA team will be able to mold him from an early age. He has the skills to be a solid contributor as a pick-and-pop big guy who can also defend and score in the paint.

2010-11 Season:
Vucevic earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors after averaging a double-double and leading USC to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He racked up 22 double-doubles, fifth in the nation.

Key statistics:
17.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.7 tpg, 1.4 bpg, 34.9 mpg, .505 FG, .349 3PT, .755 FT

Cool statistic:
Vucevic was the first USC player to average a double-double since Jaha Wilson in the 1994-95 season.

Reminds me of:
Vladimir Radmanovic

What Insiders Say:
USC coach Kevin O'Neill
"Nik averaged 17 and 10 [his final season at USC], but he got the ball every single play. That's not going to be the case in the NBA. He'll have to make the best of his opportunities. … In the NBA, it's all about being with the right team. It only takes one. If the right team takes Nik and he continues to work hard, he's got a chance to be in the league for a long time."

What Outsiders Say:
VCU coach Shaka Smart

"He's a phenomenal player. And they do a great job of getting him the ball over and over and over again. And the thing that's so dangerous about him is it doesn't matter if he catches it on the block or five, six feet off the block, he's very, very effective scoring the ball and he's a pretty good passer as well if you double."

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

USC
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2008-09 23 11.0 26 45 .578 7 8 .875 2.7 0.3 0.4 0.4 59 2.6
2009-10 30 32.3 126 250 .504 61 85 .718 9.4 1.2 0.6 1.3 321 10.7
2010-11 34 34.9 215 426 .505 123 163 .755 10.3 1.6 0.5 1.4 582 17.1
Totals 87 27.7 367 721 .509 191 256 .746 8.0 1.1 0.5 1.1 962 11.1
Three-point field goals: 2008-09, 0-for-3 (.000); 2009-10, 8-for-36 (.222); 2010-11, 29-for-83 (.349). Totals: 37-for-122 (.303).

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