Last Minute Entries: Maric, Dinc, and Printezis

Last Minute Entries: Maric, Dinc, and Printezis

Postby JSM on Sat Apr 29, 2006 12:36 am

Draft Express: With the Early-Entry deadline passing at midnight tonight, DraftExpress was informed about a couple of last minute underclassmen that decided to put their name in the draft.

6-11 Nebraska sophomore big man Aleks Maric is the most significant name we've been told about. Maric was born in Australia and averaged 11 points and 8 rebounds in 25 minutes per game. Maric is a big bruiser who likes to play with his back to the basket but lacks the athleticism that NBA teams usually look for in a center. He is hoping to get into the Orlando pre-draft camp and work his way into the 1st round of the draft. At this point that appears highly unlikely.

A somewhat surprising entry is 6-10 Turkish freshman Cem Dinc of Indiana. Dinc was considered an intriguing college prospect going into his freshman year considering that he's fairly athletic and has nice skills facing the basket. He did not get any playing time this year under Mike Davis, though, partially due to injury problems towards the end of the year, but also because of his insistence to play on the perimeter, which drew the ire of the recently fired former Indiana coach. Dinc appears to be a strong candidate to return to play in Europe next season.

An international prospect that is clearly entering his name in the draft solely to draw attention to himself is 6-9, 1985 born Olympiakos forward Georgios Printezis. The Greek power forward played 9 minutes and scored 4 points per game playing for the Euroleague team, and is declaring in hopes of getting his name out before he becomes automatically eligible next year.
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