One of the most efficient and fundamentally sound players seen in Belgrade, Serbian Nikola Pavlovic may not be oozing with unlimited potential, but was nevertheless one of our favorite players at the tournament.
6-5, with a nice frame but just average athleticism, Pavlovic impresses primarily with his slashing ability, finishing the tournament shooting an incredible 78% from inside the arc. He's extremely aggressive looking to create his own shot and sports excellent timing for a player his age, showing terrific body control and footwork and using his body nicely at the rim.
He has a very strong basketball IQ and rarely forces the issue, playing the game with a very nice pace and looking quite unselfish with the passes he made.
Probably not a great shooter at this point in time, Pavlovic made the spot-up jumpers (and sometimes pull-up) that were presented to him, but needs to improve on this part of his game. Showing just average lateral quickness, Pavlovic is a hustler nevertheless, not being afraid to get a bit dirty on top of that to get the job done, which is a nice sign.
Only 16 years old, Pavlovic still has a long road ahead of him, but he's off to a nice start so far.