Vitalis Chikoko is one of the most physically gifted big men in this draft, standing 6-10 with a phenomenal 7-4 wingspan and intriguing athleticism. How will his advanced age and lack of experience affect him on draft night?
I passed the day in between games here in Le Mans avoiding the raindrops, watching practices, video sessions, shoot-arounds and hanging out with the team. A big part of this trip for me has been about expanding my knowledge of European basketball, learning about the way teams operate from the inside, understanding the dynamics of what makes a successful team and organization, and establishing relationships that will hopefully last for years. On Saturday, Le Mans (ranked 3rd in France), played against the top team in the league, Nancy, who to me clearly look like a better team than they faced earlier in the week in Armani Jeans Milano.
This week we have quite a Balkan-influenced roundup, as Zoran Erceg is our player of the week, with Stanko Barac and Nenad Mijatovic escorting him as our highlighted guys. Although not really a glamorous prospect, Erceg managed to deliver both in the ULEB Cup, in an extremely important game in the eight-finals, and the Adriatic League, where FMP remains strong.