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Dario Saric

  • Full Name: Dario Saric
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-10 / 220
  • Birthdate: April 8, 2013
  • Club: Cibona Zagreb (Croatia)
 

- Dario Saric Likely To Withdraw From Draft

Strengths

- Great versatility for his size
- Extremely high basketball IQ
- Excellent passer, great court vision
- Ball handling is excellent for his size
- Can play both forward positions
- Great body control and strong rebounder

Weaknesses
- Not very explosive
- Free throw shooting needs improvement
- Lack of strength limits his finishing around the basket
- Mid-long range shooting is unreliable
- Lacks lateral speed

NBA projection
Saric will likely be a mid-first round pick with a outside shot of being a lottery selection. His basketball IQ is extremely high. Saric is versatile, can play either forward position as well as a point forward. He anticipates well off the boards. Rumor was that Saric would pull out of the draft if he hasn't been given a lottery promise, so if he's still in the draft on June 17.... He would have a $1.2 million euro buyout to Cibona.

2012-2013 Season
Saric never really got it going for Cibona in Adriatic League games. They didn't play him to his strengths in not letting him create offense with the balls in his hands. His shooting slumped severely including at the free throw line. Saric also had a public feud with his father and a DUI charge.

Key statistics
15.6 ppg | 8.4 rpg | 2.3 apg | 1.8 spg | 29.7 mpg | .710 2PT | .290 3PT | .710 FT (Croatia)
7.7 ppg | 6.1 rpg |  2.1 apg | 1.0 spg | 23.5 mpg | .383 2PT | .303 3PT | .500 FT (Adriatic League)

Cool statistic
Saric shot 70.7 per cent on two-point field goal attempts in the Croatian league this season.

Reminds me of...
Andres Nocioni, a flexible forward with solid rebounding skills

What Insiders Say
NBA General Manager and Scout
“I think he is one of the three or four top talents in this draft,” said an NBA General Manager. An NBA scout said “If he played college ball this year, he would’ve been one of the top five players in America,” He was in a bad situation there [Croatia]. His talent didn’t go away.”

Lorenzo Neri, Draftology
"Dario has the skills to become the new Toni Kukoc, but needs to work on his feet on both the ends on the floor and on his jumper, which is not reliable at the moment. He's a point forward with impressive passing skills and basketball IQ".

Sam Chadwick, Prospects in Europe
"The number 1 1994 born prospect in Europe, he could be the next European NBA All-Star. At 6' 10'  he can play small or power forward, he can score, rebound, pass and defend. He isn't bad at anything while he could be great at almost everything. His stats in Croatia show a little of what he can do. His international experience will translate well to the NBA"

-- Chris Denker and Carl Berman are Managing Partners of NetScouts Basketball, "The International Basketball Connection."  You can follow NetScouts Basketball on twitter @netscouts, or follow Chrisand Carl.