Player: Aleksandar Vezenkov
Position: Small Forward
This is one of the best small forwards in Europe in his age group. He is just 17 years old, like a high school junior in USA, and already he has gotten some playing time in Greek League with Aris.
Aris has been developing him for the last few years, and he has very good potential. He has had great numbers in the European junior tournaments.
He is Bulgarian, so he actually has a chance of avoiding the harsh racial profiling given to Greek players.
On a serious note, have not gotten to see much past highlights, but have heard really good things about Vezenkov (click the link for his profile). Is actually getting some minutes, which at his age is impressive. Would technically be a senior in HS, but a very young one near the end of the 09/01/94-08/31/95 cut off (he is born 8/6/95). Was the 3rd leading scorer in this past summers European U18 championships, where Bulgaria finished in 8th place. Seems to be a well thought of prospect and is actually someone to keep an eye on as a possible future early entry. If not in 2014, maybe in the next few drafts afterward.
If yore going to correct someone at least be right. If he is 17 and his birthday is in August he would be a Junior.
Usually, the cut off for birthdays is August-September. This is why Andre Drummond was considered to originally be in the class of 2011, even when his birthday is August 10, 1993. Noah Vonleh was going to reclassify to 2014, than returned to his original 2013 class and he was born August 24, 1995. I think the general consensus tends to be, if you turn 18 before September, than that is usually the class cut off.
Vezenkov definitely could be a junior in high school and is more than likely younger than a few top ranked juniors, just saying in the raw September 1, 1994-August 31, 1995 guideline, he would be in the guidelines of the HS Class of 2013, though would be on the young side of said class. If that is wrong, fine, may be different in some other countries. In Canada, where I grew up and now live, they just tend to go from January 1-December 31 for an age group cut off. Just know that going to university in the states, the cut off seemed to be September 1-August 31.
He's actually Cypriot (Greek).
That is cool, just knew he played internationally for Bulgaria. My bad.
Just when you thought EUROPEAN baller was gonna highlight a guy who had no ties to Greece!! LMAO
I can dream, can't I? Would just be nice if he actually highlighted EUROPEAN basketball as a whole rather than constantly highlighting one country. The sad part is, he seems to know his stuff on occasion, just will never make actual unbiased lists of prospects. He seems to prefer completely outrageous statements.
I totally agree. I live in Europe and am interested in European prospects but get put off asking him about some other European guys because you either get ignored because he prefers to argue and go off on his "recognise Greece crusade" or him pointing out the negative a lot which gives you the feeling he has a problem giving credit to anyone who is not Greek. It's a shame cos I think its obvious he has seen a lot more European talent than even some of the most knowledgeable guys here.
I pointed him out by the time of the tournament comparing him to james birsen. Props to Eurobasket for bringing it forward again.