For those watching the Euroleague this season it would not have escaped attention that Bogdan Bogdanovic is causing quite a stir for Partizan NIS Belgrade. The 21-year old is proving himself week in and week out to be one of the continent´s hot prospects, and it seems he is attracting the attention of the NBA to boot.
The forward has strung together a number of impressive performances in the Euroleague this season, but at the start of the Top 16 he has exploded. Often Partizan´s standout performer, Bogdanovic has secured 15 points against Real Madrid, 24 against Bayern Munich, and a Euroleague career high 27 points as he led the Serbian powerhouse to a shock home win over Russian juggernaut CSKA Moscow.
He kept up his form this week by netting 17 points against another of the competitions heavyweights, this time Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv. Indeed, the 198 cm Serbian international is currently sixth in the Euroleague scoring charts with a 15.8 points per game average, and it seems the only way is up for Bogdan Bogdanovic.
He has already made a mark at international level by securing 9.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2 assists averages for Serbia at the 2013 European Championships in Slovenia. There is no doubt that Euroleague giants are keeping tabs on the young player, but Bogdanovic´s future could be beyond Europe.
During the loss against Tel-Aviv on Friday, the player was watched by Assistant General Manager of the Miami Heat, Adam Simon, as he put in another fine performance. Bogdanovic is NBA Draft eligible and is currently number one in the class of 1992 International born prospects, and his trajectory points to him being a 1st round pick. Refreshingly, while the player would love a shot at the riches of the NBA, he sees the Euroleague as a more organic route to the USA as opposed to playing in the NBA Pro Summer Leagues.
“It’s a dream to play in the NBA, but right now I’m focused on Partizan. I believe I’m ready for the NBA and I will try my best if I receive a contract. For me personally, the Euroleague is much better than going to tryout in the NBA Summer League, but if a team would sign me and choose to loan me to a Euroleague team for one season, I’d be willing to do that.”