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20 - Tadija Dragicevic

6-9, 235 Power Forward
N/A International
Birthday
01/28/86 (34.7 yrs)
Hometown
Cacak, Serbia
Team Site Profile
Athleticism
NA
Size
NA
Defense
NA
Strength
NA
Quickness
NA
Leadership
NA
Jump Shot
NA
NBA Ready
NA
Rebounding
NA
Potential
NA
Post Skills
NA
Intangibles
NA
Overall:
Strengths: Dragicevic is one of the more talented young players coming out of Serbia … Very smart offensively; has ability to post-up and use his size inside if guarded by smaller defenders or step-out and knock down mid-range jump shots, even 3’s … Scores points in transition due to his high basketball IQ… Dragicevic has the ability to find space around the basket and is always moving to get open … This year he learned that he has to do some dirty work in the paint in order to earn more playing time; much tougher than he looks … Dragicevic has the unique ability to tip in shots when jumping for rebounds… His inside game has improved since last year and he’s become a good player around the basket… In terms of scoring on the low post, he loves to turn around pump fake and drop-step or dribble drive … Capable of creating his own shots off short dribbles and feels comfortable with the ball in his hands … Uses his thin frame to get around defenders on the high-post … Great instinct and timing around the basket for rebounds; never gives up and always fights for rebounds … Very active offensively cutting to the basket (back-cuts and back-doors) … Possesses good ball handling ability to get by most power forwards to the basket… On pick-and-rolls he will usually step back for the jump-shot … Good at drawing contact inside and getting to the free-throw line … Improved his passing ability since last year and also finds cutters effectively from the post or perimeter … Runs the floor fairly well for his size … Dead eye at the free-throw line…

Weaknesses: Athleticism is below average … Lacks body strength … His legs and lower body must be much stronger and feet much quicker defensively … Gets overpowered by not only stronger opponents but some strong small forwards too… Not very aggressive defensively … Offensively, Dragicevic must work on his inside game and find his go-to move in the post… His shooting ability is good but it has to become more consistent in games … Has a habit of fading-away while shooting even if smaller defenders are on him; makes his shot off-balance and missing many shots … Lack of experience … While his playing time is improving, he has to prove that he can be consistent …

-2005-2006 Good Year League: MPG15.3/ PPG 7.6/ RPG 2.1
-Had carrier high 28 points, 11rebounds and 2 steels against Zadar this year.
-Member of the Serbia & Montenegro Junior National Team.
-Member of the U-20 national team; played at the 2004 European Junior Championship.
-Won bronze at the U-20 European Championship in 2005; won gold medal at the U-20 European Championship in 2006.
-Good prospect to keep an eye on.

Stevan Petrovic – 6/28/2008

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