40 - Ivica Zubac

7-0, 265 Center
Croatia International
03/18/97 (24.1 yrs)
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
International Team
Mega Leks
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Post Skills

NBA Comparison:  Nenad Krstic

Strengths: Great size and length for his position… Good wingspan (7-4 feet)… Solid and relatively mobile athlete for his size… Due to his strong frame and body structure has the potential to increase his muscle tone … When he has time to gather he can finish strong at the rim… Runs the floor well for a Big… Possesses soft hands and makes difficult catches on the move and in traffic… Has the ability to play above the rim due to his size and length… Over time has developed some post moves… Can turn over both shoulders and even use an “Up and Under” move… Can finish at the rim equally well with either hand… Can finish through contact… Footwork in the post is above average for a guy his age, experience level and size… Good on Pick and Roll situations as the screener… Moves well without the ball… Great offensive rebounder… Although numbers can’t reflect this, he actually has shown great court vision and has the potential to become a good passer… Great offensive rebounder… Improving defensive rebounder… Good shot blocker, with the ability to alter shots with his length and size… Above average weak side defender… Shooting mechanics and Ft% suggest that he can become a good mid-range shooter through time…

Weaknesses: Not overly athletic… Already had two major injuries (a broken foot in 2014 and an injured knee in 2015), so there is the fear he might be considered injury prone… He is still familiarizing himself with his body, so he can’t really control it… Relies too much on size and length… Not a threat beyond 5-7 feet from the basket… He must be able to mix it up on offense and add more counter moves with his back to the basket… At times, he looks too keen to pass the ball when he is posting up, which leads to turnovers, although experience and playing time will fix this problem… Has problems finishing against long defenders… When he sets screens on Pick And Roll Situations he has the tendency to move his hips and as a result he is called for a lot of offensive fouls… Footwork and lateral quickness need a lot of work on defense… He is a willing defender, but has problems defending the Pick And Roll against quick guards… On Defense, he is at times too focused on the ball and loses sight of his man… Considered an average defensive rebounder at the time… Good, but not great shot blocker…

Notes: Has been a member of the Croatian Junior National teams… He was the starting center of the U19 Croatian team that won the Silver Medal on U19 World Championship in 2015… He started the 2015/16 season on Cibona Zagreb, but he left due to unpaid salaries and joined Mega Lecs on February 2016…

Stefanos Makris 4/12/16