Dario Saric may withdraw from NBA Draft

Potential lottery pick Saric "leaning toward" withdrawing from NBA Draft

6/6/13 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

In the game of basketball, players frequently decide to jump on the opportunity to play in the NBA as soon as possible, even if they are not yet ready to compete with the world's greatest players. For Croatian forward Dario Saric, however, that is not at all the case. The 19-year-old recently said that he would "try to stay" with his Croatian team even if he is drafted in the first round of this month's NBA Draft. ESPN's Chad Ford then reported on Thursday that Saric is "leaning toward" withdrawing from the draft altogether.
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Saric stands tall at 6'10'', 223 pounds, but is extremely skilled for a player his size. His ball handling and court vision are more reminiscent of a guard than a big man, and while he is not particularly athletic, he uses craftiness to get into the lane and create opportunities. He is still just scratching the surface of his extraordinary potential.

The fact that he has so much room to improve is a large part of why he would like to return to Croatia. He told reporters that the reason he wants to delay his first NBA season is because he wants to take some time to improve as a player overseas. In the NBA, Saric would be unlikely to get nearly as much playing time as he would in Croatia, which would make it more difficult for him to work on his game.

In Chad Ford's latest mock draft, he has Saric going 13th overall to the Dallas Mavericks, and ranks him as the second best small forward behind only Otto Porter of Georgetown. His rare combination of size and skill would make him a coveted asset in the draft, even if he is not quite NBA-ready.

While many players flee for the draft as soon as they can, only to ride the bench as rookies, Saric seems content in trying to get in as much professional experience as possible until he is ready to contribute in the NBA. Saric is currently eligible to be drafted, but has until June 17 to withdraw.
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