19 year old Croatian power forward, Dario Saric, has withdrawn from the 2013 NBA draft. He was considered to be the best international player available in this year’s crop, and projected by some to be selected by the Portland Trail Blazers. After receiving no direct commitment from any NBA team, Saric finally decided that he is content with playing for KK Cibona Zagreb for now.
It’s really too bad. The absence of the 6’10” would-be prospect weakens an already weak draft class and takes away one more option from Portland. The Blazers are shallow at power forward, behind LaMarcus Aldridge, and could have used Saric’s high upside as they develop their team of the future.
Fortunately, there are other fish in the sea, and the Blazers will have plenty of them to fry in coming weeks. Still, I’m disappointed to have my curiosity go unsatisfied. Drafting a foreign player is a bit like selecting a present from a white elephant gift exchange; for all the wrappings you’re not sure if it will turn out to be a pack of gum or an iPod. Saric will have to remain an enigma for at least one more year.