COLLEGE: NO COLLEGE- CURRENTLY PLAYING IN CROATIA
WEIGHT: 245 POUNDS
AGE: 19 YEARS OLD
CLASS: NO CLASS: CURRENTLY PLAYING IN CROATIA (KK Mega Basket in Adriatic League)
2015-2016 STATISTICS: 8.3PTS, 3.9REB, 1.0BLK
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: MIDDLE OF SECOND ROUND
NBA DRAFT COMPARISON: ANDREW BOGUT/HIS CEILING
PLAYER SUMMARY: Ivica Zubac is another international player who is entering the 2016 NBA Draft. He is currently playing in Croatia.
Zubac is not a name known to many people in America considering where he currently plays. As is the case with most international players, we can only evaluate Zubac on a few game films that are available because he doesn’t play on television. What we have seen from Zubac is a player who seems like a very good athlete for a 7-foot player. He is a very good offensive rebounder, which is a skill that usually translates to the NBA level. He runs the floor nicely for such a big player.
The 19-year old shows potential to have a solid-mid range jump-shot, although his shooting mechanics from what we have seen might need to be tinkered with. Zubac has shown glimpses of a little jump-hook that he can use with both hands. However, we don’t believe he has much more of a low-post game than that move at this point in time. We like the big-man’s ability to pass the ball, which is a big reason why we compared him to the Warrior’s Andrew Bogut, who is considered the NBA’s premier passing Center by many. However, we don’t believe Zubac will become the player that Bogut has. He just reminds us of Bogut in some of the skills he shows.
Zubac has had 2 major injuries so far in his playing career. In 2014 he broke his foot and in 2015 had an injured knee. This will surely raise questions about his durability and the broken foot scares us a little bit considering his size and the fact that he needs to gain more weight adds to our concerns. For his size he should be a better shot-blocker than he is. When watching game footage he tends to get beat on defense more often than he should as he really will need to improve his lateral quickness if he is going to play against NBA players.
In our opinion, Ivica Zubac has the ability to eventually play in the NBA. We wrote eventually because we don’t believe he can see an NBA floor for at least 2 seasons before he can hold his own against superior NBA athletes that he would be facing. Zubac will be selected in the upcoming June draft based off the potential he shows for a 7-foot, 19-year old. However, for the betterment of his career, we think he should be drafted and then stay overseas for 1-2 years until he refines his overall game. If this scenario plays out Zubac will have a better chance of NBA success and can possibly help out an NBA team as a rotational big-man.
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