An athletic point guard with size is always coveted by the NBA. Look for Micic to be drafted in the later stages of the first round and head right to the NBA next season.
Micic was fairly consistent in production compared to his 2012-13 season although his three-point shooting success dropped off some. He did well at the U19 World Championships in Prague last summer averaging 12.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals over nine games.
11.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.7 spg, 31.0 mpg, .545 2PT, .278 3PT, .684 FT (Adriatic League)
Micic had six or more assists in eight of his last 10 games this season.
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What Insiders say:
Luka Bassin, Assistant Coach, Union Olimpija (Slovenia)
"Nice height and very experienced for his age. He was the go-to guy for Mega Vizura and led them to some great victories this season. Excellent in early pick-and-roll where he can create for himself (nice drives in traffic) or for others. Has great anticipation and can attack smaller opponents on low post. He's not a great 3-point shooter but can score from medium distance. Plenty of room for physical development. He reminds me on Miloš Teodosić, one of the best European point guards."
Daniel Gomez Otero. National Coach, Basketball Torrelodones Academy (Spain)
“In my opinion, among the most offensively talented international players in this draft..Third top assist ranking (5.8 pg) in Adriatic League. Probably Vasilije will play World Championship with the Serbia National Team this summer. Great size for NBA point guard. Excellent in reading offensive tactical situations. Leader on the court. He could be very difficult to defend with a good center in pick-and-roll situations. He is a good shooter but can improve regularity. His weakness is the defense, must improve his physical and defensive intensity. First round in NBA Draft. Similar player to Milos Teodosic”
Kris Habbas, NBA Draft Insider
"Very poised point guard for his age with good size for the position. Unlike most point guards from the international pool Micic is a quality athlete. He has played a major role on a veteran Mega Vizura and was the youngest player on the Serbian EuroBasket Team this past summer. He plays under control and impacts the game in various ways as a good rebounder for his position, distributing the ball efficiently, and proving to be an opportunistic scorer when needed."
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Serbia's Vasilije Micic, a 20-year-old who plays with Mega Vizura, a team in Serbia's KLS, has impressed with his passing skills. He's not likely a starter in the NBA next season, but he is certainly draftable, averaging 13 points and 5.8 assists this season. He led Serbia to silver medals at the Under 18 European Championships in 2011 and the Under 19s in 2012, making the all-tournament team. Last fall, he helped the Serbian national team featuring fellow potential draftee Bogdan Bogdanovic and former Nets center Nenad Krstic qualify for this fall's FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Spain.
"He played real well," a Western Conference executive said. "Real smart, very steady. Runs the team. Not a real scorer, but he runs the team, like a typical Euro guard. Will he make a team? Yes. Is he a backup or third [guard]? Depends on the team and his skills. I'd put him in the mix in the top seven point guards in the draft. He can come in and rise to the top four, or he can be seven. Depends on how he adapts to our game and style." More>>
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