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Deni Avdija

Deni Avdija

Deni in my opinion is mentally tough. His IQ sets him apart from most prospects in this year’s draft.  Pushes the ball extremely well in the open court especially after rebounds. Great vision and passes the ball very well. Right hand dominant and needs to work on left hand. I have watched him throughout the season and his shot has gotten a lot better but needs to be more consistent. Really good spot up shooter with good form. Shoots less off the dribble and after pick n rolls but effective in doing so. Has also shown he can shoot with a one dribble hesitation. He moves extremely well without the ball and finishes well around the rim. Plays with a load of confidence. Does need to improve on ball handling but like every prospect, there is so much room for improvement. Noticed how his post-game has improved. He is really strong with crafty moves around the basket. He can also improve on creating his own shot.  I love his length and size as it translates to the NBA. Defensively, he’s really long. Also, he’s not afraid to block shots. He can defend positions 1-4 especially after switches. I’m excited in the growth and development of Deni. With his character, work ethic, and skill, I think he will be a great pick up for any team in the NBA. Many compare him to Omri Casspi but needs to develop a better jump shot.

I spoke with teammates and team front office from Maccabi and they all say great things about Deni. I also spoke with an ex-teammate of mine that I trust and played with Deni in the national team and he also stated how good of a young man he is.  He doesn’t smoke, drink, or go out. His teammates also stated how he loves play station and loves meeting friends.  He’s a great teammate and loves the game. They rave about how kind and humble he is. He works extremely hard and only cares about his team and how to improve and get better. He doesn’t have a problem waking up early to practice, resting, and then coming back in the gym for more work. Great work ethic.  His teammate also said he’s really a tough guy. His family is very supportive. His father, mother and brother are very involved. Deni’s father is an ex basketball player as well.  They told me his father comes to every game and sits in the last chair of the gym not getting involved and saying anything. He sits quietly and supports from afar.  Everyone is rooting for him.