David Pick, the European hoops writer, keeps updating Sean Marks itinerary as he moves towards the end of his European scouting trip.
If it’s Friday, it must be Barcelona...
Source tells me Nets on hunt for Euroleague PG, on tonight's radar: Belgrade ace Stefan Jovic. BRK also saw Teodosic, Heurtel, Wanamaker.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) March 24, 2017
And Àlex Gozalbo a Barcelona hoops writer, captured him meeting with the Barca GM.
A Barcelona newspaper said Marks was on hand to watch Rodion Kurucs, a 6’9” small forward from Latvia. In fact, said the report, Barca recalled Kurucs from its second division team just before the game — apparently so Marks could see him.
Draft Express had Kurucs going at No. 20, Chad Ford at No. 23, right around where the Nets are expected to pick. Ford thinks the 19-year-old could be a draft-and-stash candidate.
Pick agreed that Kurucs could be someone of interest to the Nets.
@Rolon523 Rodions Kurucs, agreed 100%. Projected first-round draftee, Nets have picks 24 & 26.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) March 24, 2017
Here’s a recent highlight video of Kurucs.
Other than Teodosic, the point guard most likely to attract the Nets interest is Stefan Jovic, a 6’6” Serbian playmaker who won a silver medal in the Rio Olympics last summer and a silver medal in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Big and athletic, he’s 26, four years younger than his Serbian teammate, Milos Teodosic.
Playing for Red Star in Belgrade last season, Jovic set the Euroleague record for most assists in a game with 19. Earlier this season, he rang up 16 assists in 24 minutes. He is not a big scorer, averaging 7.9 points this season, shooting 29 percent in the Euroleague, 36 percent in the ABA, the regional league that includes many of the former Yugoslav republics.
Here’s a highlight reel of him from last season...
No word on when Marks will return. He left Brooklyn a week ago Wednesday.
- These European studs may soon end up in a Nets uniform - Brian Lewis - New York Post