Dennis Schröder - Germany
Nikola Ivanovic - Montenegro
Dante Exum - Australia
Mario Hezonja - Croatia
Andrew Wiggins - Canada
Sergej Karasev - Russia
Livio Charles - France
Gabriel Deck - Argentinia
Karl Towns - Domician Republic
Mouhammadou Jaiteh - France
Absolutely stacked team. Might be the best World Team ever. Another Big would have been good though.
Hezonja injured 2 weaks ago, not sure will he be ready. Missed last game
No Tyler Ennis??
Plus, I think this roster is just jam packed. I would have loved to see him play here, just guessing they probably are not doing too badly as far as depth is concerned.
guessing time complications? yes i agree with you on that one. I always love watching players who has a level of craftiness to them over quicks and athleticism, not that he's particularly lacking in those areas. Excited for him at syracuse...
Props for the list. I really want to see Mario Hezonja. I really like him as a prospect and want to see how he plays against the U.S. team. On another note, I didn't know Kasey Hill was already 19. Me personally I don't think age should really matter. If you can play you can play. But it seems like when drafting its a big deal. Do you think him staying longer than a year would affect him being drafted high? Haven't seen much of him other than youtube and it seems like people on this site and other mock sites are high on him
I am sure people are well aware of his age by now, though if he shows the athleticism and skill set that have made him a top recruit going up against these guys, along with having a solid freshman year at Florida, he should not slip too much. Really depends on him more than anything. I think the reason age is at such a premium now is due to trying to forecast where a player is in there development. Early entry is what made age this premium, you used to have much more of an idea of what the player would look like at 21-22 as opposed to 19-20.
Still, Michael Carter-Williams is 21 going to be 22 at the end of the year and I have not heard many people harp on his age due to what he could bring to the table. Hill is really quick, tough and could potentially have attractive lead guard qualities. If he shows out well in front of these scouts, I doubt their will be much focus on his age. However, if he has a mediocre showing, much like Mitch McGary did last year in the Hoop Summit, you may hear it get brought up. Hill is not the first 20 year old freshman, neither was Shabazz. It might be tougher for him due to his size as opposed to anything, just feel it is all up to his play to quickly dispel talk about age concerns. At least his won't be a surprise, which is something he has going for him.
I agree. I just don't like how older players sometimes get the short end of the stick even if they are just as good if not better than a younger prospect. I know in a thread on here a while back there was a debate about who is better between him and Harrison and a lot of people said it was close but gave the edge to Hill. But when it comes down to drafting, Harrison will more than likely go before him due to age and the "potential" factor. Same thing going on with Burke vs. Smart in this draft.
I mean, Smart is a tank. Burke is not a huge guy. I mean, Chris Paul has obviously established himself as the premier PG in the NBA, just in general, size tends to matter. Most championship level teams have not relied on PG's as one of their main driving forces, or tend to have a formidable size or speed mismatch at the position. When it gets down to a physical, half court set, those inches can help.
Andrew Harrison is 6-5. Unless Kasey Hill is significantly faster than he is or has significantly more court awareness, the scale will probably tip to the guy 5 inches taller. Think that is probably the case for Smart. Age is something that gets harped on for potential, size is something generally tried and true. May not always work and of course their are players that are worth drafting, just think in both of those cases listed, size is definitely more of a factor than age.
Unless you think that Trey Burke and Kasey Hill are going to be MUCH better players than either Smart or Harrison, it is hard to turn down the guys who could give you a big time mismatch with their size, not to mention can chip in with rebounding and strength as well, maybe even guard up a position. I think from a versatility standpoint, it is tough to pass on them due to those extra inches as opposed to extra months.
i haven't heard anything much from Ilimane Diop
Plus not officially draft eligible until next year probably did not make him a very high priority for this years game. I am guessing next year, he will be a very likely candidate.
As much as i know his team Caja Laboral does not alow his players to go on such events. they don't even play junior competitions in Spain. They have very conservative owner. Once after their best season in history he fired his coach becuse he didn't like fact he was good to his players