Of course! You obviously already know a lot about Ognjen Jaramaz, but I’ll go ahead and introduce you anyway. The 6’5” guard from Serbia averaged over 12 points per game this season for Mega Bemax, the club that produced Nikola Jokić, among others (in this draft, they also produced Alpha Kabba, drafted 60th by the Spurs, and Vlatko Cancar, drafted 49th by the Nuggets). Additionally, the point guard tossed in 3.5 assists per game, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 turnovers.
Jaramaz has good size and springy athleticism, but isn’t overly long or efficient as a scorer (44% field goal percentage). One of his strengths seems to be slashing without the ball, perhaps a triangular trait that really pushed him to the forefront at 58 over several other low-floor, high-ceiling college prospects.
By almost all accounts, Jaramaz in’t quite NBA-ready, but the combination of tools he displays in flashes gives him enough upside to take a swing with the 58th pick. Jaramaz’s vision, pick-and-roll polish, and outside shot all have been critiqued, but his size, athleticism in transition, defensive potential, and extreme Euro aesthetic are all positives.
Unless I’m mistaken, I don’t think Jamaraz has a Twitter account (he has to be the only player drafted this year with that distinction), so feel free to watch one more short highlight from his days with Mega Bemax, whose competition and defense looks like it might differ just a bit from the NBA.
VIDEO: Defense? No? Ok, says Ognjen Jaramaz #ABALiga #MegKrk @KKMegaLeks pic.twitter.com/mXS47pWsHy— ABA Liga (@ABA_League) November 5, 2016