Prospect Profile: Jusuf Nurkic

In-depth look at the draft prospect out of Cedevita Zagreb
by Emily Wade
Nuggets.com

Basics

Height Weight Wingspan Position College Hometown
6'11" 280 7'2" Center Cedevita Zagreb Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Career

Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2012-13 19 13.5 53 108 .491 47 68 .691 4.4 0.5 0.8 0.9 153 8.1
2013-14 6 17.2 22 42 .524 23 31 .742 6.0 1.3 0.8 1.3 67 11.2
Totals 25 14.4 75 150 .500 70 99 .707 4.8 0.7 0.8 1.0 220 8.8

Three-point field goals: 2012-13, 0-for-1(.000); 2013-14, 0-for-1(.000). Totals: 0-for-2(.000).


Accolades

  • Played for the Bosnia-Herzegovina's national team in the '13 Eurobasket Qualifications.
  • Competed in the '12 U18 Euros B Division and averaged 19.4 points and 13.2 boards en route to MVP honors.

Strengths

One of the most productive big men in Europe on a per minute basis. Great size. Physical, uses his
body. Generates a ton of baskets with his activity. Draws a lot of calls to get to the line. Plays the game with reckless abandon. A special rebounder, particularly on the offensive end. Good hands. Aggressive shot-blocker.


Quotes

"Nurkic is a monster who moves with grace. He's an absolute handful whenever he's in the game, thanks to his tremendous blend of size, length and strength to go with some impressive touch in the paint."

Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report NBA Lead Writer

"Because of his size and ability and desire to play in the post, the Bosnia native is a rare breed in this year's draft. His touch also gives him an intriguing ceiling."

Jeff Borzello, CBS Sports College Basketball Insider

"Nurkic's touch and feel for the game set him apart from other big men. He's very good below the rim, can shoot with both hands in the paint and isn't scared of contact. His biggest flaws are a lack of great athleticism and defensive skills. However, he's a very skilled offensive big man and those are hard to find."

Wire News, BallOverAll.com


Projections

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