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Nets Ready for Last Group Workout; Can Internationals Save 2011 Draft?

Dmitry Beliakov
Dmitry Beliakov

Treviso, Italy, is just up the road from Venice, its ancient canals and timeless charms.  Not a bad place to go for a final look at draft prospects in a group setting. So, next month, Gregg Polinsky, Nets director of player personnel and chief scout (right), will join international scout Danko Cvjeticanin for the adidas Eurocamp.

The adidas Eurocamp, which runs June 11-13, is not a footnote this summer. International players could save the 2011 Draft. As many as one-third of the first round picks could be an adventure in pronounciation for David Stern. Compare that to just one international player chosen in the first round last year. 

International college players Enes Kanter, a Turk, and Nikola Vucevic, a Montenegrin, have already shown what they can do at the Chicago Pre-Draft Camp. Several others, all bigs, are first round locks: Jan Vesely of the Czech Republic, Jonas Valanciunas and Donatas Motiejunas of Lithuania, and Bismack Biyombo of the Congo. Latvia's Davis Bertans has been penciled in as the Nets' choice on a couple of mock drafts.  In the meantime, expect a parade of players at the PNY Center next week as individual workouts begin in earnest. One of them may be Vucevic who the Los Angeles Times says the Nets are interested in.