Jan Vesely (Czech Republic)
At 6’11”, Vesely has crazy size, length and athleticism that make him a specimen forward for the NBA. He’s an outstanding hustle guy who plays tremendous on ball defense, rebounds and makes plays. I like to think of him as an amped up Kyle Singler in terms of contributions and style of play. He’s more of a role player, but he does a number of things well to help his team win. With the ball in his hands, he’s an aggressor who loves to attack the rim and is fine-tuning his shot. Not super consistent from the free throw line or beyond the arc just yet, but has a fundamental shooting stroke that will find success with time and work invested in it.
Vesely is a highlights reel player who can get up with his explosive athleticism, and his long wingspan only helps exaggerate how unbelievable his dunks can be. Unfortunately, he’s not very refined with the ball yet on offense or playing in the post to take advantage of his great size. Jan isn’t the most physical or strong player either, but building about five pounds of solid muscle to his frame would address the issue by helping him handle contact. Probably never a star, but can contribute to a team and fill up the stat sheet like Andrei Kirilenko did for Utah Jazz in the mid-2000’s. Tough to pass up a player of his physical and athletic gifts in the early lottery.