Biggest Takeaways from 2013 Adidas Eurocamp Combine
The 2013 Adidas Eurocamp is all wrapped up, and the top international prospects are done showing off their skills in Treviso.
Unfortunately, this year's class was a bit average, as a top prospect and potential lottery pick had to spend his time in the hospital. A few players did wonders for their stock, but there were some negative moves as well.
With these international prospects, many of whom aren't heavily scouted until the weeks leading up to the draft, every opportunity to show off is an important one. This was a chance for them to reveal their true heights and wingspans, test their athleticism and play against a higher level of competition.
The lack of NBA-caliber players in attendance prevents there from being too many takeaways, but there were still a few primary ones.
Let's take a look.
Unfortunately, Nothing from Rudy Gobert
There are a number of international prospects in the mix to be the first player selected in the 2013 NBA draft who didn't go to an American college: Rudy Gobert, Dennis Schroeder, Giannis Adetokunbo and, to a lesser extent, Sergey Karasev.
We had already resigned ourselves to the fact that Schroeder, Adetokunbo and Karasev were not participating in the Eurocamp (although scouts still got to see Adetokunbo in a different competition), but Gobert was a different story. This was going to be the chance to see the man with the ridiculous wingspan in action once more.
However, it just wasn't meant to be.
The following comes from Gobert's twitter feed, and explains exactly why. Well, if you can speak French.
Damn pas de trevise pour moi...viens de sortir de lhopital, intoxication alimentaire...— rudy gobert (@rudygobert15) June 8, 2013
A literal translation of Gobert's tweet reads "Damn no treviso for me...just got out of the hospital...food poisoning..."
Unfortunately, that means that we weren't able to learn anything new about Gobert this week, other than the fact that he's susceptible to food-born illness.
Teams drafting this French big man, look out! Take great care which restaurants you let him visit!
Lucas Nogueira Helped His Draft Stock Tremendously
Lucas Nogueira spent only one of the two days showing off for scouts, but that's all he needed to make his mark.
The Brazilian big man is commonly projected to go near the end of the first round, and some mocks have him slipping into the second. If the Eurocamp is any indication, he won't be showing up in the second round much longer.
Nogueira measured extremely well, checking in at 7'0" with shoes on and revealing an insane 90-inch wingspan. And even that wasn't what looked best during the day he spent in Treviso.
He played under Kelvin Sampson in the third game of the day, helping steer his squad to a 69-61 victory. Although Nogueira confirmed that he wasn't a particularly great rebounder by failing to box out in many situations, he still shot extremely well.
On the day, the center finished with a game-high 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting and added four blocks to his stat line.
Consider his stock on the rise.
The Same Can't Be Said for Aquille Carr
This doesn't apply to the 2013 NBA draft, as Aquille Carr isn't eligible for the selection process until he's spent a full year out of high school, but the diminutive point guard is a player worth keeping your eyes on.
Carr chose to go to Europe instead of college, selecting the route that helped boost Brandon Jennings' stock a few years back. Although he had the top vertical jump at the Eurocamp, Carr virtually no-showed during the actual five-on-five competition.
He played 15 minutes during the first game of Day 1 and managed to contribute three points and three assists. He shot only 1-of-3 from the field and hit on just one of his four attempts at the charity stripe.
Carr failed to stand out, and that's not a promising start to his interesting career path. There's still plenty of time for him to get it going, but that time has not yet arrived.
The process of finding a spot in the Euroleague will now be even more difficult for this young point guard.
Oleksandr Lypovyy Didn't Perform Well
Oleksandr Lypovyy, the MVP of the 2012 Eurocamp, has struggled throughout this year, and that boiled over during the 2013 version of the event he once dominated.
The 21-year-old small forward is eligible for the draft this year, but there's no guarantee any of the 30 teams in the Association will take a chance on him. He certainly didn't help his stock out in Treviso.
While he managed to hit 10 points in the third game of Day 1, he also had a number of negative contributions in the 69-61 loss.
Lypovyy was only 3-of-9 from the field, including a one-of-four showing from behind the three-point arc, and he recorded a game-high four turnovers to go along with his three fouls. He was present at the Eurocamp, but he completely failed to leave an impression.
Somehow, someway, Lypovyy hasn't been mentioned on Twitter since November. That's how you know you're falling off the radar rather than working your way back onto it.
The International Class Isn't Particularly Athletic
All things considered, this international crop of prospects—the ones attending the Eurocamp at least—is not a particularly athletic one.
Carr checked in with the top vertical jump, skying his 144-pound frame 33 inches into the air. Only five other prospects even topped 30 inches: Tobias Borg (32), Nemanja Dangubic (31.5), Andrew Lawrence (31), Nemanja Nedovic (30) and Howard Sant-Roos (31).
Nedovic was one of the few who thrived in the athletic portion of this event, but we'll get to him on the next slide.
Take a look at how the top prospects in the three-quarter court sprint, lane-agility drill and vertical jump would have fared at the NBA Pre-Draft Combine.
Nedovic had the top three-quarter court sprint, checking in at 3.15 seconds. At the Combine, six players beat or tied that mark, led by Shane Larkin's 3.08 seconds. Cody Zeller actually tied Nedovic.
Adiin Vrabic's 10.64 seconds beat everyone in the lane-agility drill, and he would have finished behind six players at the Combine. C.J. Leslie had the top mark: 10.19 seconds.
Finally, Carr, one of five prospects to top 30 inches, had the high jump at 33 inches. 11 players, led by Cody Zeller, broke past Carr's mark at the Combine.
All in all, the athleticism was relatively unimpressive in Treviso.
Nemanja Nedovic Might Be Done Improving His Draft Position
Nemanja Nedovic had a terrific showing at the Eurocamp, especially during the athletic testing. He finished first in both the three-quarter court sprint and the reaction shuttle, and he wasn't far off the pace in the lane-agility drill or the vertical jump.
In fact, he ranked No. 1 on DraftExpress' Athletic Testing Composite Rankings, even though he couldn't match the 41-inch vertical he posted two years ago.
Expect to see Nedovic's stock gain some steam in the next week as teams process this new information. For a player who spends a significant amount of time running the point, his size and athleticism is extraordinary.
However, temper your expectations. His stock won't rise too high because he sprained his ankle rather badly and will now have to condense his workout schedule. He won't visit as many teams, and it's unknown when he'll be at 100 percent.
Nedovic, like many international prospects, has to rely on these workouts to increase his stock dramatically. Since he isn't seen as frequently, that's the best way for him to leave an indelible impression.
He needs every strong workout he can get to even guarantee a spot in the second round, so this ankle injury could have far-reaching ramifications.