Annual Adidas Next Generation Tournament tips off on Friday 21st February in Belgrade. Three teams from Serbia will participate this year- Mega Bemax, Partizan and Crvena Zvezda. Mega will try to repeat title won last year.
In next lines we’ll look at best Serbian players to watch at upcoming tournament:
- Stefan Todorovic- guard, Partizan, 2002.
Todorovic is one of the best players in Partizan team this year. This will be first ANGT appearance for 6’7 guard who averages 17.5ppg, 5rpg and 4.4apg in Serbian U19 league this year. Main Todorovic’s offensive strength is versatile jumper. Has smooth shot motion and quick release. He can shot from all over the perimeter, specially when takes shots off the catch. Has long, but not quick enough first step. Can drive by slower defenders. Able to finish through contact thanks to good body balance and decent size for a guard. Should be working on left hand finishing. Improved himself as a ball handler, but still not a primary ball handler on high level. Could be more quicker off his feet and more aggressive defender.
- Nikola Radovanovic- wing, Partizan, 2003.
Radovanovic is another Partizan player who will play his first AdidasNGT this year. Underaged 6’8 SF currently averages 12.7 with 4.6rpg in Serbian U19 league. Radovanovic’s biggest asset is his elite athleticism and length. Plays great in open court and transition. Great vertical leap helps him dunk anytime possible. In positional game, drives only left side with not more than two dribbles. Needs polishness in ball handling skills. Improved shot release and motion but still needs a lot of time to gain shot accuracy. Plays with a good motor and a lot of energy on both ends of the floor. Good rim protector thanks to athleticism and long arms. Aggressive on ball defender.
- Nikola Manojlovic- guard, Crvena Zvezda, 2002.
Manojlovic will appear in his third ANGT tournament this year. Versatile guard averages 14.3ppg, 6.9rpg and 4.2apg so far in Serbian U19 league. 6’6 guard relies mostly on his high basketball IQ, creativity and solid skillset offensivelly. Not the most explossive player, but has good feeling for the game and decision making ability. Solid shooter both off the catch and dribble. Can finish in the traffic mostly with stronger right hand. Good rebounder on both ends for his position and size. Could be more quicker laterally off his legs in defense, but subs it with good feeling to steal the ball from guards. Was a bit inconsistent throughout the season. Plays with good level of energy.
- Nikola Djurisic- forward, Mega Bemax, 2004.
Djurisic is one of the youngest players on the tournament who will have major role in his team. 2004. born player currently scores 11.8ppg with 4rpg playing with 3 years older players in Serbian U19 league. 6’8 forward shows nice level of offensive versatility and ability to play both from the paint and perimeter. Still not the quickest attacker, but can drive by slower defenders with one or two dribbles. Improved mid and long range shooter. Can score when stays open. Smartly uses his size and solid post skillset to score from down low. Could be providing more aggressiveness and energy on defensive end, specially when guarding players outside of 3p line. One of the best long term prospects playing on this stage.
- Mihailo Musikic- center, Mega Bemax, 2002.
This will be second ANGT Belgrade appearance for Mega’s 6’11 center after winning it last year in Zeleznik. Musikic averages 16.4ppg with 7.4rpg in this season. His biggest strength is his great size mixed with improved mobility. Beside size, Musikic added long range jumper to his game so he doesn’t hesitate to stretch the floor and shoot the ball behind the 3p line. Post skillset is on decent level, as well. Lacks of body strength. Has problems when playing against stronger bigs in the paint. Defensively, does good job defending the rim beacuse of his size and long arms. Even able to switch with slower guards on the perimeter. Could be playing with more energy.
Others to watch
– Marko Andric- guard, Mega Bemax, 2002.
– Nikola Saranovic- guard, Crvena Zvezda, 2003.
– Luka Tarlac- forward, Partizan, 2002.
– Lazar Stefanovic- guard, Partizan, 2002.