Team: KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje
NBA Position: SF
Hometown: Sibenik, Croatia
Ceiling: Toni Kukoc
Basement: Mike Dunleavy Jr.
NBA Comparison: Chandler Parsons
- Deceptive Speed
- Good Court Vision
- High Basketball IQ
- Skilled Point-Forward
- Improved Shooter
- Inconsistent shooter
- Turnover Prone
- Recent DUI
From the 2012 Nike Hoops Summit in Portland ~
It was the second go around for Dario Saric at the Nike Hoops Summit and the Croatian forward made the most of it. Last year Saric was the young prospect that stood out in practice, but was not much of a factor in the game.
This year Saric was the star of the event and the headliner scouts wanted to see.
He did not disappoint growing a few inches since last year measuring out at 6-10 and 223 lbs. as a power forward. His overall frame has grown, but still lacks strength. He plays more of a point-forward on the court rather than a traditional in the paint big man.
In practice Saric was able to be moved off of his spots in the paint with ease. His lack of strength is a target for the other team especially if he is playing power forward.
One of Saric’s biggest attributes is his ability to pass and handle the ball on the perimeter. In the game Saric showed that skill getting the ball in transition and making plays. When Saric checked in he caught the ball on the run and made a few really nice passes to teammates, especially one kick to the corner for a Michal Michalak three.
His handle was still a little loose and shaky. The ball is out in the open for defenders to take, but Saric has a crafty enough handle that he is able to keep control of the ball. He had a few (four) turnovers in the game, but those were mainly due to him trying too hard to get his teammates involved.
The court vision Saric displays is very impressive for a player his size. Off of a rebound Saric has a long stride to get out in transition and make plays for himself and others. For the game Saric finished with 13 points 14 rebounds 5 assists off of the bench.
One aspect of Saric’s game that needed to improve if he is going to play on the perimeter is shooting and he did show progression. In practice Saric shot the ball well and in the game he went 1-3 from three showing an improved stroke.
Overall Saric has improved in many ways as a prospect. He still needs to add strength, improve his three-point shooting, and tighten up his handle to be effective at the next level. Saric will not be available for the draft for a year or two still so plenty of time to add wrinkles to his game.